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It is estimated that the average woman will have 480 periods in her lifetime, or approximately 7 years of menstruation in a normal life span. That equates to a lot of period care products, and resulting costs. Most consumers look for the most budget-friendly options, with the average UK woman spending £667 on cosmetics a year and, in comparison, just £50-£61 on period care products. A majority of these mass-market products contain plastic: pads contain up to 90% of the ingredient, while the absorbent core of many tampons contains polyethylene and polypropylene. Furthermore, the cotton used in these products has often been treated with bleach, pesticides, and fragrances. Given the highly absorbent walls of the vagina, this chemical exposure could come with serious health consequences. So while a non-organic option may cost less upfront, there are hidden costs for the individual and environment to consider. Whether it’s the waste from disposable products or the potentially health-damaging ingredients in their constitution, appropriate period care is a sustainability, health, and educational matter. 

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