Period pants company highlights tax discrimination against sustainable menstrual products

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Given the climate crisis, you’d think that the Government would be moving heaven and Earth to make the greenest option the easiest and cheapest one too. Not so – at least when it comes to menstruation. Tax may have been dropped for tampons and pads (from 2021) but sustainable period products like period pants still have a 20% levy on them.

That’s crazy; over the course of someone’s menstrual life, they can get through up to 15,000 pads and tampons – the vast number of which will end up in landfill as plastic waste. Tampons tend to come wrapped in plastic, encased in a plastic applicator with plastic strings for easy removal.

Pads incorporate even more plastic – form the leak-proof base to the absorbent material. Sustainable period pants may not be to everyone’s taste but they do offer a viable solution to those nighttime leaks – negating the need for a monthly splurge on night pads. Whatever reason you may not want to use sustainable period products, pricing shouldn’t be one of them.


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