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Hey Girls UK sustainable period products
 

Welcome to Hey Girls! We’re the award-winning ‘buy one, donate one’ social enterprise, producing environmentally-friendly period products that fund the fight to end period poverty in the UK. A multi-million-pound Scottish community interest company, Hey Girls was initially established in 2018 by Celia Hodson and her two daughters Kate and Bec as a kitchen table start up after experiencing period poverty themselves.

With 18 wonderful employees, we’ve grown into a UK wide operation with dispatch teams in Scotland all the way to Norfolk. We are proud to be multi award winning and have celebrity supporters including Michael Sheen and Caitlin Moran.

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    • We’re good for you: We design our products with you in mind; concept and comfort are key!
      From considered designs to natural material choices, we only use 100% certified organic cotton, sustainable bamboo and chemical-free products meaning we protect your health, not harm it.

    • We’re good for nature: Hey Girls period products are responsibly sourced and made from sustainable materials, offering the functionality of plastic, without the pollution. Everything we create is biodegradable or recyclable so you really are doing good with your period. With a long-term goal of becoming 100% carbon neutral, we support the Forestry and Landscape Scotland to offset our carbon footprint and donate 10% of all profits to help restore degraded habitats. We’ve also signed up to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and are one of the UK’s ‘Business Climate Leaders’, pledging to halve our carbon emissions by 2030 and become net-zero by 2050.

    • We’re good for society: 1 in 10 people in the UK still can’t access or afford period products. All of the profits from our buy one, donate one, business model goes directly into funding the fight for equal periods for everyone. For every purchase made from us, we donate a whole box of products to someone in need. Social and ethical choices are at the heart of everything we do – from the people we employ through to our supply chain and eco-conscious ethos. You do not have to be facing extreme circumstances to access the basic care you need.

    • We’re good for equality: Our core aim is to help eradicate period poverty in the UK by providing quality period products to everyone who needs them. According to the Joseph Rountree Foundation UK Poverty Report 2020/21, 14.5 million people in the UK are caught up in poverty, equating to more than one in five people. The fact that period poverty still affects people in the UK in 2021 shocks many people. The problem is more hidden than in other countries, but that doesn’t make it less real for the people going through it every month. 

      Plan International UK research found that period poverty affects 1 in 10 people across the UK. In Scotland, the number is thought to be closer to 1 in 4. More research is needed to understand exactly what is happening, but period poverty is definitely a real problem for many people. Period products are a necessity, but they are expensive. Tight budgets can leave people forced to prioritise other purchases, leaving them without the right period products, without enough period products, or without any period products at all.

      Campaigns to address period poverty have gained momentum, and UK governments are now stepping in to help solve the problem. Last year Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free for all. In March 2019, the Welsh Government announced plans to fund free period products in all schools and in January 2020 the Department for Education in England launched its free provision. Many colleges and universities across the UK are funding free products through student union or equalities budgets.

      Increasing access to period products is really important. Free products can keep people in school, improve concentration, encourage participation in sport, and support good health. They prevent people having to make dehumanising choices – to wear the wrong product, or a worse quality product or to wear a product for longer than is hygienic or safe. At Hey Girls we believe that access to quality period products is a right, not a privilege. No one should have to choose between bleeding on their trousers and eating lunch. Free products not only help end period poverty, they promote equality.

    • We’re good for change: Since we started in 2018, we have donated over 18 million environmentally-friendly period products through a network of 150 community partner organisations such as women’s refuges, homeless shelters and food banks. Our aim is to help eradicate period poverty in the UK, enable better access to quality period products for all and to stomp out the stigma and bust the myths and taboos that surround periods.

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