Global Roots Edition 7 - Page 10

Period poverty The Period SPOVERTY adly, we still live in a world where poverty in many different forms exists. As part of our ongoing commitments to always do business responsibly, we have this year launched a new campaign in support of period poverty. What is period poverty? PROJECT Period poverty is a global issue affecting women and girls who don’t have access to safe, hygienic sanitary products, and/or who are unable to manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community humiliation and vulnerability. It doesn’t just refer to those who have no access to sanitary products, in some cases, women and girls have limited access, leading to prolonged use of the same tampons or pads, which can cause infection. Shocking STATISTICS Up to 500 million women and girls are living each month in period poverty. Period poverty has caused more than a quarter of women to miss work or school. A pack of sanitary pads can cost more than a whole day’s pay in some countries. In India, 88% of people who get periods use unsafe materials such as rags and sawdust instead of sanitary pads. Disposable sanitary pads are made of 90% plastic. It’s estimated that a pack of sanitary pads is the equivalent of four plastic bags. Approximately 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet every day. One conventional sanitary pad takes around 500 years to break down. 09 JULY 2020