Buy your next batch of tampons or sani pads from Hey Girls and they’ll donate a pack to someone in need through their ‘Buy One Give One’ scheme. We recently caught up with the powerful team at Hey Girls to chat about the importance of tackling period poverty and how they combat the stigma surrounding menstruation.
Currently, 1 in 10 girls aged 14-21 in the UK can’t afford pads or tampons. This seems difficult to believe, but the reality is that those living in poverty are really struggling to pay for even the basics. Molly, Education and Impact Manager at Hey Girls, told us how there is a growing number of young people living in poverty who can’t afford pads or tampons, some resorting to using socks, loo roll or even newspaper in their knickers. Meanwhile, 49% of young girls in the UK have missed an entire day of school because of their period.
Recently crowned ‘Great British Entrepreneur of the Year’, Celia Hodson started the social enterprise, Hey Girls, after struggling to make ends meet as a single parent on benefits and realising how difficult it is to afford period products. To help combat period poverty, for every box of tampons, pads or menstrual cups sold, Hey Girls donate a box to girls and young women in need.
The amazing work carried out at Hey Girls means that as a country we can begin to tackle the issue but there’s still a long way to go. That’s where they need YOUR help to support the cause by making a small change and buying your period products from Hey Girls instead.
There’s something for everyone in their wide range of products. From disposable tampons and pads, to reusable cloth pads and their very popular eco-friendly menstrual cups. Hey Girls products are now stocked at ASDA, Waitrose, Co-op or buy them directly on their website, where you can also start a monthly subscription. The scheme works on a location basis, so wherever you buy your products Hey Girls will donate to one of their local partners. The types of places they donate to include community organisations, homeless shelters, food banks, and charities.
Molly also spoke to us about the amazing work they do to reduce the shame and stigma surrounding menstruation by encouraging people to talk freely on the subject (even those who don’t have periods!). The education packs and lesson plans they provide offer essential information about periods, so that there’s no excuse not to know. By tackling the root cause, we can strive to provide women all over the UK with more dignity and decency.
Since they launched in January 2018, Hey Girls have donated over 6 million period products to people across the UK who couldn’t afford them.
Not only does their range do good for those who need it, but it’s also plastic-free, environmentally-friendly and ethically-sourced. Their products are entirely sustainable, made from 100% organic cotton and medical grade material, plus everything is chlorine and bleach-free. So there’s a reminder to be kinder to your vagina.
So the next time you’re stocking up on tampons or pads, consider those who don’t have access or funds to period products and purchase your pads with purpose.
In March last year, Hey Girls launched #Pads4Dads – a campaign to get men talking about periods. Fronted by Michael Sheen, the campaign was complemented by an online resource written by dads for dads, to help get the conversation started at home. You can see the video below.
While tackling period poverty, Hey Girls are also working hard to promote period dignity at work. Ever hidden a tampon up your sleeve at work? Ever been caught short right before an important presentation? Hey Girls are partnering with employers to provide period products in staff toilets. This supports staff to have a dignified period and for every pack bought, Hey Girls will donate one to a charity near you. Win Win.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Buy some of their period products from supermarkets or their website
Get period products in your workplace
Educate people at your workplace, school or college by getting the education packs