Menstrual Environmental Week: 19 - 25 October 2020
From the 19th to the 25th of October, the Menstrual Environmental Week is celebrated: a week of action dedicated to promoting healthy and ecological menstrual products for all. It's a week dedicated to helping all menstruating people feel empowered to make an informed choice about which menstrual products to use. Aiming to address the menstrual cycle and harmful chemicals, the menstrual taboo and increase access to reusable, plastic-free menstrual products.
This campaign was born in 2018 and in 2020 it celebrates its third edition. It was launched by WEN (Women's Environmental Network), a charity founded in 1988 by the pioneers of the environmental justice movement to offer a different way of thinking and acting on environmental issues. The founders recognized that the environmental movement has often overlooked the perspectives and voices of women. To address this imbalance, Wen established an approach that brought gender-sensitive issues to the fore and continues this revolutionary method today. A small summary of the hard work and goals achieved:
1992: WEN's 3-year campaign forces tampon manufacturers to include toxic shock syndrome warnings on tampon packaging
2001: The Real Diaper Week was launched, followed by the first investigation into the problem of diaper waste and how to reduce it, paving the way for local and national government acceptance and action on diaper waste.
2018: Launch of the environmental campaign and the coalition. WEN provides evidence to the Greater London Authority (GLA) on the environmental impacts of disposable menstrual products, especially plastic waste and the launch of the first week of environmental action.
During this week we try to raise awareness of the importance of embarking on a revolution for healthy and environmentally friendly menstrual products! Environmental week is for everyone, whether you are menstruating or not.
3 reasons to participate in the environmental menstrual week:
1. Amplify the conversation about reusable, plastic-free menstrual products
2. Break down taboos about menstruation and show you're proud of having them
3. End Period Poverty, help ensure that everyone has access to healthy, plastic-free menstrual products