Hey Girls Helps UK Girls via Buy One Give One, but how does it work?
Here at Hey Girls HQ, we’ve pledged to tackle period poverty in the UK and although we are relatively new in the femcare scene, we’re on track to support girls and women UK wide. In the two years since Hey Girls was founded, we have donated over 7 million products across the UK!
When you purchase our products online, from a supermarket or from one of our many independent eco stores, you buy one for a UK girl or women in need too. It works on a location basis, so that our products are widely available across diverse communities in the UK – so for instance, buying your products in an Asda in Edinburgh will ensure that deliveries reach one of our donation partners in communities in Edinburgh.
There are over 200 donation partners that we work with who ensure that our products are received and given to girls and women who need a little extra help this month. Our wonderful donation partners include community organisations, home shelters, food banks, and charities. (we’ve popped a list at the bottom so you can see some of our partners).
Our partners provide an open and friendly environment where women and girls can freely pick up their needed products. Some partners extend their services to provide education to alleviate the stigma and taboos around menstruation, or a safe zone to discuss any issues relating to periods.
Since we have launched, we have supported and donated over regions, with over 7 million menstrual products through our ‘Buy One Give One ’ strategy.
A recent survey by Young Scot found that in the first year of providing free period products in Scottish schools 65% of students have received free products from their school, college or university. As a result of free products, ‘89% of respondents admitted they were less worried about having their period, 64% were more able to continue with day-to-day activities during their period, and a quarter said having access to products has improved their mental health and wellbeing. One in eight respondents said they accessed the free products because they or their family didn’t have enough money to pay for products.’
Period Dignity at Work. As well as working to end period poverty, Hey Girls is committed to ensuring everyone can have a dignified period. in 2019, we launched the period dignity campaign, encouraging employers to stock period products in staff toilets so that no one is caught short at work.
Hey Girls partners with businesses across the UK to provide staff with a dignified work environment. Now over 40 UK businesses are championing period dignity at work – Skyscanner, Babcock, Bulb, Monese, Royal London, Aberdeen Standard, Revolution Bars, Morton Fraser LLP, and VisitScotland – the list goes on. We stock 74 offices, 19 bars, restaurants, hotels & event spaces and 15 retail & construction sites.
Here at Hey Girls we’ve created a variety of products available to suit everyone’s needs. However free does not mean low quality – we take great pride in delivery sustainable products; from bio-degradable day pads made from bamboo and corn fibre, to 100% organic tampons, or medical grade re-usable cups; it’s a combination of high levels of comfort with an environmental conscious. So you see, there’s something for everyone!
In an industry that has never been required to disclose its product’s ingredients or test their safety, we knew that there was a better way to communicate with our customers: a commitment to health and transparency. So every Hey Girls product is made with pure, ethically sourced ingredients. When you buy from Hey Girls, you are not only protecting your own health, but also the health of the amazing workers’ that made your products, their human rights and our global environment. Good stuff hey?
Reducing waste. Disposable period products account for 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, with 1.5 – 2 billion period products flushed down the toilet annually. Commercial pads and tampons contain up to 90% plastic, meaning they will take centuries to biodegrade. We work closely with manufacturers to ensure all our products are sustainable. In 2019, we developed a range of Applicator Tampons with sugar-cane biobased applicators. In addition to our sustainable disposable products, Hey Girls also makes reusable period products – menstrual cups and reusable pads. These products have a typical life of 5-10 years, reducing waste and also supporting our goals to end period poverty as one purchase (or donation) lasts for several years.
What’s next? Hey Girls has big ambitions for 2020. We’re already working with partners on exciting new campaigns to raise awareness of period poverty and break down stigma. We’ll be adding new products to our range as period pants hit the shelves. We’re expanding the Hey Girls team into England. And we’ve been working with our public sector partners to create a new app for Scotland, showing all the locations where free period products are available. Watch this space!
We believe that no one should be left without period products, so if you know of any communities or groups that are without, why not drop us an email so you can help us reach out to them!