On a Mission to make every period a ‘Plastic Free Period’
We have one home and one big blue, our planet earth, that is steadily choking on plastics and we have a small window of opportunity to make big changes.
As a race, our future is deeply dependant on our planet supporting our survival. Contrary to our perhaps mistaken belief, it is the human race that needs protecting, not our planet. Our planet has survived woolly mammoths, dinosaurs and meteorites. She will survive us, but can humans survive without Mother Earth is the more pertinent question. Climate Change protests have dominated conversation over the past few years and fortunately has achieved some attention from government-however is the complexity and urgency of the plastic problem really sinking in?
There are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish! [*The Independent]
Plastics are strong and durable; they enable longevity when it comes to storing goods and that’s why they’ve become so popular in our manufacturing process, but the fact that plastic is durable means that it lasts for rather a long time.
Plastics in fact don’t ever break down, with some stating that every single piece of plastic ever made is still around today! Infact, world population statistics will demonstrate a hockey stick like exponential population explosion from the 1920s onwards-which is also when plastic came to be used to store, preserve and conserve food. With our mass producing and mass consuming culture becoming ever more mainstream across the planet it means that the plastic pollution has reached a tipping point and it’s time for drastic action! Small steps we take, are just that, small steps, but if everyone took small steps, we’d have at our disposal, a means to inspire change.
As an individual your purchasing power makes you very powerful. In purchasing organic cotton period products from LUX Store, you are subscribing to the principle of biodegradability and doing your bit to support our planet.
What’s the connection between plastics and period products, you may wonder?
• Did you know the majority of mainstream period products contain plastic polymers? This means that the synthetic.
Period pads you dispose of today, will still be around on the planet far longer than you or I will ever be. The average number of years a synthetic period pad can remain polluting our soil and water is 800 to 1000 years. Needless to say, the negative impact of plastic filled, synthetic pads to your health is another key consideration. Your decision to continue to purchase a disposable synthetic menstrual product adds to the plastic epidemic significantly, made worse by incorrect disposal.
• Did you know that 2.5 million tampons,1.5million period pads and 700,000 panty liners are flushed down toilets every single day in the UK alone?*[*Journal of IES, 2014.]
• Did you know that the Americas are surrounded by 5 very large ocean garbage patches? What these are, is an accumulation in the ocean of all the plastics that have been disposed. Think period pads, lego blocks, basically anything made from plastic that you threw away.
That’s why at LUX we launched our range of organic and biodegradable period products! At LUX we are very passionate about the importance of biodegradability. Our period pads are made from organic cotton and corn starch. We recommend that our pads are disposed in bins, which will take them to a landfill, where we anticipate they will biodegrade within a year. Our products are home compostable too, if you are that way inclined. Should our pads mistakenly find their way to the ocean, the ingredients in our period pads will decompose regardless.
The LUX Organic period underwear range, makes this process even easier by eliminating period waste to a larger extent. Our period underwear range is made from premium grade organic cotton and is reusable for upto 50 washes.
Our 100% organic cotton, eco-friendly products are biodegradable and take about a year to fully decompose, leaving behind no residue. Even our packaging is biodegradable-the carton is made of recycled single ply cardboard and the hygiene sheaths in which our pads are packaged are made of corn starch. Planet-eers unite! We are fully organic on our supply side too, with zero chemicals used to grow our cotton. Our GOTS certified organic cotton is farmed sustainably with appropriate crop rotations so that we can cultivate harmoniously with nature instead of depleting it.
When you choose LUX to support you through your periods, you are doing it because
- They’re great for your health, period;
- They’re awesome for the environment.
- They are part of an ethical and sustainable supply chain.
Choose Lux and be kind to your body and to the planet! Make the switch to organic.
As part of our disposable and biodegradable range we offer - Day and Night packs of pads.
As part of our reusable and biodegradable range we offer: Period underwear in 6 sizes and 3 styles of Thong, Bikini and High Waisted.
We are small company with big ambition and take great pride in our efforts to have a positive impact on our environment. We hope that you will join us and make this your revolution too.
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