Period poverty wrongly affects so many women around the world. In fact, according to Plan UK, 1 in 10 girls between the ages of 14-21 cannot afford menstrual products and a shocking 137,000 have missed school because of this. And it does not only impact those at school, it also affects those that are homeless, refugees and simply those that cannot afford them. This news saddened postal worker, Ella Daish, so much that she launched the incredibly inspiring campaign to 'Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free' in February this year, which has received an overwhelming response with over 106,000 signatures to date.
Since Ella started the petition in February and began campaigning for change, she has become aware of just how many problems there are surrounding menstruation, through the fantastic work and campaigning that inspiring individuals and groups are doing in this field. These issues range from the taboo in talking about periods, the environmental impacts of plastic in our period care and period poverty.
After seeing reverse advent calendars last year in the aid of food banks, she felt compelled to do the same but instead for period poverty. That is why this year, rather than giving gifts to family and friends for Christmas, Ella is putting an eco-friendly item each day throughout December into her Eco Period Box, which will then be donated to a period poverty charity at the start of the New Year. Here, Ella shares the inspiration behind her idea and reveals how you can get involved with her incredible new campaign...
This open letter to young women about period poverty will totally shock you
"No one should ever be held back or have to miss out on their education or be put in an uncomfortable position because they cannot afford period care. The thought of the thousands of women and girls out there who do not have access to these essentials saddens me, period poverty really does not have a place in our society and should not exist in 2018, which is the reason I decided to address this by creating Eco Period Box.
"By donating eco-friendly period products that myself and many others around me use, it is giving more options to people in need whilst leaving a minimal environmental impact; that really benefits all. I also believe that everyone deserves a choice in what they use, which is why I am also including some reusables.
"Christmas is truly the season of giving and is the time of year when we actively think about and care for others, so why not include the gift of these essentials this festive period and give them to the charities who directly supply individuals with period items they need every month?
This incredible woman encouraged 100,000 people to join her in ending period product waste
"The Eco Period Box starts on December 1st and is a fantastic opportunity to help support the incredible work that so many period poverty charities like the Red Box Project, Bloody Good Period, Freedom 4 Girls and food banks like the Trussell Trust are doing every single day! You can join in with Eco Period Action anytime throughout December by donating an item, sharing the video, setting up a box at work or at home, encouraging others to get involved and by sharing what you are doing on social media using the hashtag #ecoperiodbox
"I would be delighted if you would join me in taking Eco Period Action for Good, so that we can make a positive difference and give back this December to help those in need! Let’s get donating and make this a festive period to benefit all."
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