Time for a #TrialPeriod?

Wednesday November 13th, 2019

Scots encouraged to stem the flow of single-use menstrual products and switch to reusables.flag_3570425Large
Zero Waste Scotland has teamed up with Scottish dancers, Sarah Gibson and Kara Hudson, for a nationwide campaign to tackle the 427 million single-use period products disposed of nationally every year and encourage Scots to try reusable options instead.

With funding from European Regional Development Fund, the #TrialPeriod campaign was launched by Sarah and Kara with Catherine Bozec, from Zero Waste Scotland, at the Perth Theatre. The project aims to shine a spotlight on the variety of sustainable options and demonstrate that reusable alternatives can be just as convenient and comfortable.

Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland indicates that a promising 10% of women in Scotland are currently using reusable products and a further 76% said they would consider trialling at least one reusable alternative – the menstrual cup, period-proof pants or washable cloth pads.

Reusable menstrual products benefit the environment by removing the need for single-use items. Disposable menstrual products are a significant cause of marine litter and can also end up in landfill. Disposables are primarily made of plastic and other synthetic materials, which take around 500 years to break down.
Despite the encouraging research showing that some people have already made the switch from disposables, single-use menstrual items are still overwhelmingly the most popular choice, especially pads with wings which are typically used by 70% of Scots. In an attempt to reduce this figure, Zero Waste Scotland is urging people to give reusable period products a go.

It is estimated that more than 340,000 tampons and pantyliners are flushed down the toilet each day in Scotland.
#TrialPeriod is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which will invest £73m in circular economy and resource efficiency projects, thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

To learn more about reusable period products, including how to take part in a free product trial being run by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with Hey Girls, visit

Share your journey with reusable period products on social media using the #TrialPeriod

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