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Join Wen for Environmenstrual Week from the 11th to the 17th of October 2021! #EWOA takes place every October raising awareness of the impact of plastic and harmful chemicals in menstrual products, while showcasing alternative plastic-free and reusable options. This year, Wen is calling time on the lack of specific regulations for period products. We believe all single use disposable and reusable period products should be regulated to ensure safer, more sustainable, and affordable period products for all. We also want greater transparency on what exactly is in the products we use each month. Currently there are no specific regulations governing the composition, manufacture or use of period products. Although they are covered under the General Products Safety Directive (#GPSD) they are not specifically mentioned in it. The #GPSD also covers a myriad of consumer items, everything from pens to crockery. Call for the UK to lead the way for safer and more sustainable menstruation! Harmful chemicals and plastic have no place in period products. Click the button below to learn more!
Host a screening of The Story of Plastic documentary
The world has drastically changed because of COVID-19, and there’s no going “back to normal” even after it’s contained. The Story of Plastic’s message about the need for systems change and creating a more sustainable and equitable world is more important than ever. Host an online screening of this documentary and hold a discussion with your audience about its themes, what these mean to you, and what you can do about the problem.
Learn about the bigger picture
The plastic pollution problem is much more complex than the trash we see in our environment or the ones ingested by wildlife. With links to the climate emergency, environmental justice, overconsumption, and other pressing issues, the problem can only be addressed by viewing it through a systems lens. Browse our Resources to learn more.
Join the Plastic Free Campus Program
Schools and universities can join Break Free From Plastic’s global Plastic Free Campuses program. The program outlines concrete steps that students and administrators can take to address plastic waste on campus and educate the youth on the plastic pollution crisis.
Hold the top corporate plastic polluters accountable
Conduct brand audits along with cleanups to identify the corporations responsible for the unmanageable plastic waste in your community, school, or office. Then, hold them accountable by sending their plastic waste to their corporate offices or writing to them that while you want the product, you don’t want the plastic packaging that goes with it.
Push for local or national legislation
Write to your mayor or legislator to ask them to implement zero waste policies and systems. Circulate petitions in support of local or national legislation. You can find sample legislation and similar resources here.
Reduce consumption and plastic use
Say no to single-use plastic, bring your own reusable bags and containers, shop local and from zero waste/plastic-free establishments, repair items instead of buying new ones—there are so many ways to go plastic-free, conserve resources, and reduce waste as an individual, family, office, or school. Join the #WeChooseReuse revolution and demand a systems change!