Join the sustainable movement

We are living through an environmental emergency. Plastic pollution is set to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes — an area over 1.5 times the size of the UK — by 2040. Every single minute, a large rubbish truck’s worth of waste ends up in our oceans, suffocating and drowning hundreds of species of marine life.

If you are a user of sanitary pads or tampons, switching to Asan’s reusable menstrual cup is one of the best things you can do to minimise your plastic waste. Here are five reasons why:

1. Period products are choking landfills.

Across our lifetime, we will each throw away some 15,000 pads or tampons. The plastic in pads, tampons and applicators that you use today will still be sitting in landfill hundreds of years from now. All this waste can be averted by switching to the Asan cup.

2. Period habits are killing oceans and polluting waterways.

In the UK alone, over 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million pads are flushed down the toilet every single day. Toxins from these products pollute our water-streams and tampons end up clogging up drainage systems and even piling up on beaches.

3. Supply-chains for single-use products emit excess CO2.

Pads and tampons must be manufactured again and again every month, which involves repeated electricity and water consumption. And don’t even get us started on the carbon footprint of the supply-chains for all that disposable packaging.

4. We’re risking the lives of waste-pickers.

In many parts of the world sanitary waste continues to be manually segregated by waste-pickers. Touching soiled pads and tampons exposes them to harmful bacteria and infections, such as e-coli, salmonella and much worse. 

5. By using Asan, you’re transforming two lives at once.

For each cup that you buy, we donate one for free to someone who doesn't have access to safe and high quality period care. This prevents them from relying on unsustainable and hazardous options such as poor quality sanitary pads or rags.

Ready to make the switch to sustainable periods? Shop now.