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FabLittleBag and phs are enabling businesses to save money and energy by converting sanitary waste into energy to help protect the environment. Calling their movement “Beyond the washroom door” they are also inviting businesses to encourage proper disposal of sanitary waste to not only avoid their sewage pipes getting blocked but also to address the environmental issues and costs.  Sanitary waste can be diverted from landfill and oceans and converted into an alternative fuel for power stations.

So why is it a problem?
It’s estimated that around 60 per cent of the UK’s tampon users flush their tampons down the toilet. This creates blockages, which can build up into the dreaded ‘fatbergs’, and pollute our rivers, oceans and beaches. In addition to the 1.4 billion tampons that enter our water system each year in this way, there are also millions of sanitary towels, pantyliners and condoms. The Marine Conservation Society found 20 sanitary items per 100m of coastline in a recent beach clean. But now, sanitary waste can be saved from landfill and oceans and be used to generate electricity instead. FabLittleBag have partnered with phs, the biggest distribution network for washroom, healthcare and floorcare hygiene.

Additionally, there are hygiene and logistical issues if sanitary waste disposal needs are not met. Sanitary bins can be overlooked by business, meaning female employees are left with no other choice but to flush sanitary waste, causing blockages which essentially cost more than having sanitary waste solutions in the first place. Even after bins are issued, they may become contaminated or overflow which is unpleasant for users and businesses alike.

So how is the problem being solved?
FabLittleBag is a biodegradable disposal bag for tampons and pads. Its patented design means it opens with one hand and seals closed. It’s opaque, so nothing’s on display and made partly with sustainable materials. This unique product looks good, feels good to use and what’s more it does good too.

As the UK’s largest washroom provider, phs are demonstrating leadership by adopting environmentally focused solutions now and for the future. This is demonstrated perfectly in their patented solution for sanitary waste called LifeCycle. Sanitary waste collected by phs is diverted away from landfill, treated at a special plant, and repackaged into bales of RDF (refuse derived fuel). These bales are then used to generate electricity, creating a fantastic circular economy. Refuse derived fuel is produced from domestic and business waste, which includes biodegradable material as well as plastics. Non-combustible materials such as glass and metals are removed, and the residual material is then shredded. Refuse derived fuel is used to generate energy at recovery facilities, some of them in Europe where they produce electricity and hot water for communal heating systems.

There are far-reaching benefits to the partnership for corporations and businesses. FabLittleBag has been proven in research to convert die-hard Flushers into Binners, by offering a decent alternative. That means less waste ends up in the ocean and less blockages for you as a business.  As for Binners, they enjoy a cleaner experience, and no longer have to worry about the waste going to landfill. So together phs and FabLittleBag are working to stop ocean pollution at source, reduce landfill and to generate an alternative fuel source from sanitary waste, all whilst helping women feel good when disposing. ​

The unique partnership brings innovation, education, solutions and an enhanced experience into the cubicle for the first time. With informative cubicle posters and beautifully designed dispensers, Flushers are encouraged to change their behaviour start binning. Binners are treated to a clean, feel good experience, with fresh odour-free bins which are not overflowing.

Who benefits?
It’s not just the women who use the cubicles who benefit. With sanitary items sealed away in FabLittleBags, bins stay free of contamination and odours. Rather than sticking together inside, the waste can make full use of the bin’s capacity, rather than giving the illusion of being full, meaning less frequent collection and servicing. And there are fewer call outs to the plumber to unblock the loos too.

From a corporate social responsibility perspective, this partnership ensures that a company, hotel, spa or restaurant can provide its female guests, visitors and employees with a thoughtful, eco-positive, feel good service. This can be further enhanced by the provision of free sanitary products dispensed via phs’s free vend machines too.

We don’t feel like we have a partnership with phs alone, we feel like we have a partnership with women everywhere and the environment – reducing pollution, providing positive experiences and facilitating Period Power: a little bag can make a huge impact.

Key takeaways
As consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with the environment and business move forward to tighter environmental regulations, it’s important that there is an eco-conscious, hygienic and cost-effective solution.

By Martha Silcott, founder of FabLittleBag. For more information, please visit www.fablittlebag.com

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