How one small change can help the environment and tackle the period poverty issue for World Environment Day.
Tranmere Rovers in the Community have been working with Wrexham based charity, Given to Shine, to distribute Menstrual cups to women on the Wirral to help put a stop to period poverty and damaging our planet.
On average each woman contributes to between 125 and 150KG of sanitary item waste in their lifetime, but why does that matter?
Tampons, towels and panty liners generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and they all contain plastic – in fact, towels are around 90% plastic! All of which ends up in our oceans.
The menstrual cup, unlike other disposable sanitary products, the cup is reusable and lasts for up to 10 years.
It has been reported that 51% of women have suffered from not being able to afford sanitary items, forcing them to miss either work or school. That is why Tranmere Rovers are proud to have partnered up with Given to Shine to provide women with free Menstrual Cups.
Given to Shine have provided us with 100 cups that we have donated to our local women’s charity, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral.
Sharna Kennedy from Tomorrow’s Women had this to say upon receiving the donation;
“We’d like to thank the Tranmere Rovers In The Community team for this huge donation of 100 menstrual cups that will undoubtedly help us on the road to tackling period poverty and enable us to continue distributing free sanitary items to our women.
“Menstrual cups are an investment with long term saving prospects but also, and important to note, they are a much better environmental option in reducing waste that other sanitary products contribute to greatly.
“Thank you from all at Tomorrow’s Women!”
We have also supported the Given to Shine by connecting them and our local schools as they have been given special funding to supply young girls in education with a free cup.
Menstrual cups will enable women and girls to carry on working, volunteering and continue their education and not be hindered or embarrassed. We are proud to be able to work with charities like Given to Shine and Tomorrow’s Women to help the women in our community.
Nicola Palios spoke about how our work helps the women in our community.
“TRFC were the first EFL club to provide free sanitary products for our female fans during match days and this is a continuation of our dedication to helping our local community- in helping the environment and tackling period poverty.
We pride ourselves on being more than just a football club.