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How to dispose of tampons

Did you know that 1 in 5 plastics on a beach is a used tampon? Yep, that’s pretty gross. It’s estimated that 2.4 million tampons are flushed down the toilet every single day in the UK. No wonder our beaches are full of them. This is where &SISTERS comes in. But before we get into that, we reveal how to dispose of tampons and why flushing tampons isn’t the way to do it…

Why is flushing tampons bad?

Most tampons on the market are made from synthetic materials such as rayon. These tampons never break down, so they’re travelling through our sewers and either getting stuck in fatbergs or ending up in our precious waterways. 

Why are tampons being flushed down the toilet?

According to phs Group, the 2.4 million tampons being flushed down the toilet every day is caused by people feeling the need to hide they’re on their period and those who feel that flushing tampons is ‘less embarrassing’. So, not only is period shame affecting our wellbeing, but it’s also causing plastic pollution.

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How to dispose of tampons

The first thing to remember: never flush. The only things you should flush down the toilet are the 3 P’s (that’s pee, poop & paper!). Tampons are best thrown away, this way you can avoid them ending up in our pipes and potentially our beaches. 

The good news? Our organic cotton tampons are 100% biodegradable and certified compostable. In fact, when in the right conditions our period care will biodegrade within 18 months - faster than a banana! We also only use cardboard for our applicator tampons, this means even the applicators can be recycled and also biodegrade. No plastic waste here!


So, when you use and dispose of our tampons you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re not adding to waste in landfill.  Read our blog for more information on composting our period care. 

How to compost tampons

  • Start by creating the ideal conditions, ie warm and damp, by making or buying a sealed bin. Adding to your compost bin regularly, ensures the optimum conditions. It is a good idea to have a balance of both ‘brown’ and ‘green’ compost. 
  • Organic tampons are considered to be brown compost along with paper, cardboard, egg cartons and more fibrous plant stalks and stems. These do take longer to break down and biodegrade than ‘green’ compost and so it’s a good idea to cut or pull these apart by hand, before putting them in the compost bin. 
  • And wait! Although our organic cotton period products are compostable, they will take around 18 months to completely break down and for nature’s building blocks to be returned to the soil.

However, if composting isn’t possible for you don’t despair. Even when disposed of with your regular household waste, our organic cotton period care will still naturally biodegrade, so you’re still helping save the planet from products ending up in landfill.

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