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Weʼre raising £3,000 to DitchTheRag; a fundraising initiative with the vision of combatting period poverty, through the provision of reusuable eco friendly products

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Ditch The Rag is a fundraising initiative with the vision of combatting period poverty, through the provision of sustainable eco friendly menstrual products.

Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. In the U.K. 1/10 school girls struggle to afford adequate sanitary provisions, 12% admit they have improvised during a period with rags and toilet paper because they cannot afford conventional products.

The negative consequences of period poverty include frequent school absences which in turn hinder attainment, progress and later on employment opportunities.

Every child has the right to attend school unencumbered by their biology. The average period over a year can rack up a bill of £140, a cost many girls cannot cover.

Although the motion has just been passed to provide UK school girls with free sanitary products the environmental and economic sustainability of this intervention is questionable. While it is a step in the right direction the proposed solution fails to provide a holistic answer to a multifaceted problem. The environmental impact due to the short life cycle of the most popular sanitary products such as tampons and sanitary towels is worrying. Both tampons and sanitary towels produce excessive amounts of waste due to their non biodegradable plastic packaging, contributing considerably to our already heavily polluted planet.

Ditch The Rag will provide vulnerable school girls with care packs containing alternative menstrual products such as the menstrual cup and reusable sanitary towels. The benefits of using the menstrual cup and reusable sanitary towels over conventional products are undeniable. They require a one time purchase with a product life span of up to 8 years, produce minimal waste, are more reliable, comfortable, convenient and safe. Such alternative products provide a longer term, more sustainable solution to the problem of period poverty.

Donations to Ditch The Rag will be used to purchase, create and distribute menstrual care packs to girls in disadvantaged schools, alongside access to safe sustainable sanitary care workshops. As the problem cannot be fixed if girls are too embarrassed to talk about their periods or don’t understand how their bodies work.

The project is still in its infancy and would require a strong start with donations. I’ve set an ambitious initial target of raising £3000 as I want to ensure the provisions made are of the best quality. The packs will be distributed to girls on free school meals; who are the most at risk of the long term negative consequences of period poverty.

With the success of the initial project I hope to develop and expand the concept outside of London and to other areas outside of the U.K. where girls and women alike are in desperate need of such support.

Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!

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  • Amirah Miller2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    🔮HERE’S TO 2020🔮⁣ ⁣ HERE’S TO PLASTIC FREE HASSLE PERIODS FOR ALL! ⁣ ⁣ HERE’S TO 1000 CUPS BEING DISTRIBUTED. ⁣ ⁣ WHICH WILL EQUATE TO 2020 BEING A YEAR THAT DITCH THE RAG WILL PREVENT....⁣ ♻️ 19,920 DISPOSABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS FROM GOING INTO LANDFILL. ⁣ 💰 £14,317.50 SAVED ON THE COST OF DISPOSABLES. ⁣ 📈 1270 LESS DAYS OF UNEXPLAINED ABSENCES. ⁣ ⁣ HERE’S TO CONTINUED PERIOD POSITIVITY AND EMPOWERMENT! ⁣ THANK YOU X 100 MILLION TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED AND SUPPORTED THIS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU XOXOXOX

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  • Amirah Miller4 months ago
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    4 months ago

    First period workshop was a huge success! The girls loved it! The workshop covered the biology behind periods, the taboo surrounding them, positive menstrual health, the benefits of reusables, how to care and use the reusables followed by the distribution of the care packs. A direct quote from one of the girls; “I’ve never been excited for a period before” The energy that we do it for! Thank you again to everyone who donated! Many more to come!

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  • Amirah Miller5 months ago
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    5 months ago

    The assembly line has started! FREE PERIODS (FREE OF COST AND FREE OF PLASTIC) FOR ONE AND ALL. The packs will be distributed to girls, following a workshop on the taboo/stigma surrounding periods, the benefits of reusables and how to use and care for the products contained in their packs. Thank you to each and every one of you who have donated thus far! x x x x x x

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