Stop selling toxic
tampons and diapers!
The paper feminine hygiene industry has done a very good job of convincing women that their period is something [which] should be out of sight and out of mind, something they shouldn’t talk about.”
“Think about the advertisements we see – it’s all about silent wrappers, discrete and smaller products that are easier to hide or dispose of, and concealing the fact you have your period. Without opportunities for positive period talk, women and girls may not have the opportunity to learn about or even ask about other, more sustainable options.
– Sophie Zivku, Communications & Education Director for DivaCup, in an interview with The Guardian
TAMPON, OUR CLOSEST ENEMY
The documentary ‘Tampon, Our Closest Enemy’ shines a light on the dangers of using tampons. The programme carried out a global investigation into tampon use and found that cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome are rising across the world. It highlighted that many tampons contain dioxins and other chemical substances – several of which are classified as dangerous by the World Health Organisation.
The documentary, created by French journalist Audrey Gloaguen, recently won Best Documentary Award at the California Women’s Film Festival.
Who is Rune?
Rune Leithe is a forester based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is an experienced environmental campaigner, and a passionate advocate for positive change in the world.
Rune spent seven years working for Greenpeace International where he honed his campaigning skills across a range of sustainable forestry issues. This included the toxicity risks of pulp and paper bleaching.
Since 1995 Rune has worked as an independent adviser and consultant for leading NGOs around the world. His ability to see the bigger picture has helped organisations develop winning strategies for their CSR campaigns and engagement programmes. Most recently, he was part of the research team behind the documentary ‘Tampon: Our Closest Enemy’.
“The documentary and the French Government report have both highlighted the dangers of using toxic tampons and diapers – now we must keep the spotlight on this issue. That’s why I created this social media platform and petition, to raise public awareness even further and drive the scale of change needed.”