For menstruators, biologically they experience their period once a month, and on average lasts for under a week. According to Clean up Australia, there are 6 million menstruators in Australia and 16-22 sanitary items are used per period.

90% of conventional pads contain plastic which in landfill would take 300-500 years to decompose.

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Produced By: Alana Su-Navratil

Featured In Story: Associate Professor Nina Lansbury an environmental public health research and teaching academic at the University of Queensland’s School of Public health

First aired on The Wire, Wednesday 24 April 2024