We’re supporting women and girls globally through our Period Poverty Project.

In a bid to provide friends of Jupiter a way to keep busy during the continuing lockdown, something to make a real difference in the lives of others and a boredom breaker to do over the weekend, we’re asking for help supporting the mass making of reusable sanitary products from clothes that are no longer used.

Lockdown spring clean

Perhaps you’ve used the time spent in lockdown to have a spring clean and have been sorting out your old garments. Rather than sending old clothes to landfill, we are asking that scraps of old material are used to support women on the frontline to stay in work and to continue to contribute to the food supply chain in these challenging times.

In less than 30 minutes a re-usable sanitary product can be made from fabric that is no longer used, which makes a huge difference to someone’s monthly cycle and can hand their dignity back to them.

What is period poverty?

Period poverty is a global issue affecting women and girls who don’t have access to safe, hygienic sanitary products, and/or who are unable to manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community humiliation and vulnerability.

It doesn’t just refer to those who have no access to sanitary products — in some cases, women and girls have limited access, leading to prolonged use of the same tampons or pads, which can cause infection.

How can you help?

All you need is a spare 30 minutes, scrap cotton (an old towel or facecloth), a button or press studs, a needle and thread, pins, a good pair of scissors and a safety pin would be handy too!

You can watch the easy to follow step by step instructions below, or on our YouTube channel.

Jupiter supporting global communities

Our Joint MD Yvonne Tweddle says:

Here at Jupiter as keyworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic we’re working really hard to ensure that the food supply chain continues as normal and we keep our colleagues, suppliers and communities as safe as possible.

We have ensured that our frontline workers have access to the relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and have also been looking for other ways to support the wider Jupiter family. As period poverty is such a huge issue for so many people globally, we’ve decided to support the cause through our Period Poverty Project and help provide a sustainable option. We wanted to provide an option so that many people’s small actions can support many keyworkers in a big way.

We’re asking that friends of Jupiter take just half an hour of their time and help us make re-usable sanitary options, we’ve also made a short video to show you how. When you’re done just pop them in the post to us and we’ll do the rest.”

Shocking statistics

Up to 500 million women and girls are living each month in period poverty.

Period poverty has caused more than quarter of women to miss work or school, poll finds.

A pack of sanitary pads can cost more than a whole day’s pay in some countries.

In India, 88% of people who get periods use unsafe materials such as rags and sawdust instead of sanitary pads

Disposable sanitary pads are made of 90% plastic

It’s estimated that a pack of sanitary pads is the equivalent of four plastic bags

Approximately 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet every day

One conventional sanitary pad takes around 500 years to break down

You can find further information on how we continue to support our global communities by checking out the news section on our website.

The Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17th in the 2020 The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new and traditional varieties of grapes and citrus alongside melons, pineapples, limes, avocados and kiwi.

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