Over 12 BILLION pads and tampons are USED ONCE and disposed of annually, clogging our overburdened landfill sites.
An average woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of tampons, pads and applicators in her lifetime. The great majority of these end up in landfills, or as something the sewage treatment plants must deal with.
Plastic tampon applicators from sewage outfalls are one of the most common forms of trash on beaches.
For building owners, pads and tampons that are flushed down the toilet are the most common cause of plumbing problems.
Documented by Liz Armstrong and Adrienne Scott in their book, Whitewash: In early 1989, British women launched a publicity campaign to halt the use of the environmentally hazardous chlorine gas bleaching process used in the manufacture of diapers and feminine products. Result: After 6 months, the women won, and this hazardous process was no longer used.
A March-April 2001 E Magazine article states that, according to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.
There are 85 million women of menstruating age in North America.
FDA does NOT require that the ingredients in tampons and pads be listed anywhere in or on the package.
The National Womens Health Network states that twelve billion pads and 7 million tampons pollute landfills annually in the US.
A March-April 2001 article in E Magazine cites waste consultant Franklin Associates assertion that 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion sanitary pads, plus their packaging, ended up in landfills or sewer systems in 1998.