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Reusable Menstrual Products

The environmental impact of single-use period products is staggering.

Reducing this waste would help tackle the climate emergency and combat a significant cause of marine litter.

Over 400 million single-use period products are disposed of every year in Scotland and some 340,000 are flushed down the toilet every single day.  Single-use period products contain plastics and other synthetic materials, it can take as long as 500 years for a single pad to break down. 

If more of us could switch to reusable options, it would really help.  This is why in November 2019 we are launching our first campaign aimed at raising awareness of the benefits or reusable period products. 


Prior to launching the campaign, Zero Waste Scotland recently carried out a study aimed at understanding what would motivate or discourage the switch from single-use disposable products - such as liners, pads and tampons -  to reusable alternatives.  Reusable alternatives include menstrual cups, reusable cloth pads and period-proof underwear.

The research confirmed that whilst disposable options are the most commonly used period products, 10 per cent of people we surveyed said they were already using reusables. On a positive note, our findings concluded that 76% would consider trialing at least one reusable menstrual product.  Read the full report. 


#Trial Period - The Campaign

#TrialPeriod is a consumer engagement campaign to encourage those who can to give reusable period products a try for a comfortable, leak-free and more sustainable period.

This Trial Period campaign was initiated by the Communities and Local Government team at Scottish Government, working on activity around access to free sanitary products and tackling period poverty more widely following Scottish Government commitment in the 2018 Programme for Government. The campaign is also being co-funded by the Zero Waste and Marine Scotland departments of Scottish Government to reduce waste, tackle marine litter and promote wider re-use behaviours.

Find out more about our campaign and get involved- visit www.trialperiod.scot

Get involved

If you are a business or a community organisation interested in supporting #TrialPeriod, you can access our stakeholder communications materials by visiting  zerowastepartners.org.uk/trialperiod and we’d encourage you to register any events you are planning at www.recycleforscotland.com

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