Is it OK to flush tampons?

Some of us may be guilty of flushing our used tampons down the loo. “Out of sight, out of mind” right? But have you ever stopped to think about the journey a tampon takes once you've flushed it goodbye?

Did you know?

  • Tampons are designed to absorb fluid.
  • Tampons can expand up to 10 times their size when saturated in water.
  • Tampons don't break down.

Personally, I have never been a flusher. My mum is to thank for this! With five daughters in the house and each of us having our period once a month and most of the time, all at once, she had no other option but to drum it into our heads that flushing was a big no-no

Recently though, I was taken by surprise when I was informed about how common flushing is! My close friend is a proud flusher. She came to me the other day, complaining about her drainage pipes constantly being blocked and stated that she could buy herself a ticket to Bali with the amount of money she spends on her plumber!

This conversation led me to do further research on the topic of flushing and here's what I found:

  • Our sewerage systems and water treatment plants aren't designed for anything other than bodily waste and loo paper! Anything else you flush goes one of two ways:
    1. It will cause blockages and serves only to keep plumbers in business, or worse
    2. It will drift into our waterways and end up as rubbish in our rivers and our oceans.
  • Once used sanitary items end up in the ocean, they never completely disintegrate. Large numbers of marine animals die every year from ingesting rubbish which could contain women's used sanitary items.

So ladies, the solution is simple, let's stop flushing! It's one of the small things we have individual control over in helping our environment!

Stay tuned for the launch of our solution to flushing. Hush is coming!

More information

Read more about the topic of flushing on this Greenpeace post: 'Can't flush this: 5 things you need to stop flushing down your toilet right now'.

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