The Problem With Disposable Period Products
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 820 , Segment 3
Episode: Pony Express Legends, Menstruation Stigma
- May 25, 2018 11:00 pm
- 3:31 mins
Guest: Myles Elledge, Executive Director for Human Health and the Environment, Biomass Controls LLC, Leader of the Menstrual Hygiene Safe Disposal Project, Funded by the Gates Foundation In places around the world where people don’t have flushing toilets, running water or regular trash service, the menstrual hygiene piece of the waste stream is often neglected. And it’s a problem that keeps piling up the longer communities go without solutions: Pads and tampons take between 200 and 500 years to biodegrade in a landfill, leaching dangerous chemicals into the soil and water as they do.