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Campaign demonstrates against plastic tampons

Sarah Mason 29th Jan, 2019

A CAMPAIGNER calling for ‘plastic-free periods’ demonstrated outside a sanitary company’s headquarters in Solihull.

Ella Daish stood outside Lil-Lets UK offices on Warwick Road calling for the company to go plastic free.

She handed over a box with more than 107,000 signatures supporting her petition #EndPeriodPlastic to make all menstrual towels and tampons including applicators, wrappers and packaging plastic free – to be delivered to Lil-Lets UK general manager Daniel Wild.

She said: “It is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.

“This is why myself and over 107,000 supporters are calling on the companies and supermarkets manufacturing single-use period products to take responsibility for the environmental impacts they are having and to make change happen by going plastic-free.”

Ella said over the past few weeks the campaign has been calling on Lil-Lets UK to stop manufacturing plastic applicators and to end period plastic across their period product range.

She added that she requested a meeting with them to discuss the matter but received no response.

She said: “When I was at the demonstration I asked supporters to contact Daniel Wild the director of Lil-Lets UK to request that he meet me whilst I was there.

“Although this didn’t happen, at the end of the demonstration I went into Radcliffe House, where the offices of Lil-lets UK are based and asked if I could give the petition box to Daniel myself. The receptionist told me I couldn’t.

“The action on Lil-Lets UK is part of a wider year of action calling on the decision makers of the campaign to take responsibility and make change happen.

“There will be more action happening soon which will be focusing on another major period brand.

“Taking on these large multinational companies is a huge task, but one I am willing to take on as the environment is at stake.”

Mr Wild said: “With more and more information being shared about the impact of plastic on our environment, our customers are rightly seeking guidance about the options available to them.

“They want to know how they can be more environmentally conscious through everyday choices.

“Lil-Lets is committed to being open and honest about the plastic content in different types of Lil-Lets tampons.

“Our Lil-Lets non-applicator tampons contain less plastic than applicator tampons and are therefore preferable from a waste reduction perspective.

“The hope is we can empower women with this insight to make an informed choice on what product to use.

“On top of this, as an industry there is an understanding of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic materials, throughout our supply chains.

“Lil-Lets is committed to meeting all the requirements of the EU single use plastics directive and the UK government waste strategy.

“Lil-Lets is also working hard to raise awareness of the environmental damage that can be caused by flushing any and all sanitary products.

“We have communicated disposal information on our packaging for many years, adding the recommended ‘do not flush’ logo to our packaging in 2016, which is moving to a more prominent position on packaging in 2019.

“These are our first steps on a long journey to reduce plastic and unnecessary waste.”

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