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Lobby Procter and Gamble to stop using plastic applicators

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RCallway Thu 16-May-13 09:51:20

Please join me in lobbying Procter and Gamble to stop using unnecessary plastic applicators. Write to:

Bob McDonald - CEO:

I sent them the following message which you can amend / use if you like:

Dear Bob

I bought Tampax Compak for the first time in a very long time at a shop because I had no alternative options. I was extremely shocked and disappointed to find a plastic, unrecycled, non-degradable applicator. Surely P&C have the skills and global conscience to use a degradable and recycled cardboard applicator - if it has to use one at all?! Using petroleum-based plastic is an extremely backward step - both an anti-green and anti-social choice. I understand some women feel the need to use applicators but please, please, please look at alternative options or save money and the environment and drop the applicator altogether.

Best wishes

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 09:53:13

Those plastic applicators pinch as well. sad

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 09:56:52

Nope. Don't care.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 09:57:56

But they do pinch Tee. So I voted with my feet and don't use them.

ballinacup Thu 16-May-13 09:59:21

But the plastic applicators are much more comfortable to insert. I've found the cardboard ones snag, especially on lighter flow days. Presumably other women have found the same, hence the plastic applicators.

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 10:00:48

Fair enough, Sparkling. I hardly think it's worth a campaign or whatever this is!



uncongenial Thu 16-May-13 10:01:24

They do pinch. Ouch! I didn't know they were still around as I haven't seen any for years.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:02:54

I should maybe write to the CEO about the pinching Tee. grin

Thanks uncongenial it's not just me then. They grab bits they shouldn't. sad

Gobbolinothewitchscat Thu 16-May-13 10:04:42

Nope - sorry. The cardboard ones are painful. If they go back to them, then I would stop using tampax.

I presume the reason they are not recyclable are that essentially, once used, they are equivalent to clinical waste and therefore not suitable to go in with recycling. Just the same as sharps etc. not everything can be recycled and it would be better to focus a campaign on encouraging recycling generally if things that can be.

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 16-May-13 10:04:44

Oh god, I hate the cardboard ones.

I wouldn't use them at all if they were all card. It requires precision that my hands don't always have.

Never had a pinching problem, though...

I do think that Procter did a survey on this not so long ago? I remember being asked at university about it.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:05:49

I think I had the pinching with the Pearl ones.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 16-May-13 10:06:44

Plastic applicators are so much more comfortable than cardboard.
Plastic slides up my fanny very nicely thank you and I prefer a comfortable vadge box over a small gain to the environment. Yabu.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 16-May-13 10:06:51

I don't find they pinch. Much prefer the plastic ones, the cardboard ones get stuck.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:08:08

Ooh maybe I am doing it wrong. confused I like the cardboard ones.

ShlongAndFanjoForTheMammeries Thu 16-May-13 10:08:49

I use re-washable sanitary towels, personally I think any disposable sanitary product is unethical and unnecessary.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Thu 16-May-13 10:11:55

I really, really want Bob McDonald to reply to any emails stating that there will be no change as customer feedback has found that I prefer a comfortable vadge box over a small gain to the environment. Yabu.

grin - thank you property

Concreteblonde Thu 16-May-13 10:13:21

No thanks. Plastic applicator are the only ones I find comfortable to use.

mrswoz Thu 16-May-13 10:13:21

The plastic ones are much less hurty.

So, um, YABU hmm

RiotsNotDiets Thu 16-May-13 10:16:00

Another one preferring a comfortable vadge box here <snort>

Sorry OP!

Tee2072 Thu 16-May-13 10:18:21

I recently bought the cardboard ones by mistake and they don'! They get stuck so then you've got to get both hands under there and it's awkward

Give me plastic any day.

Or no applicator at all. I like those as well. So long as my fingernails are trimmed...

Gobbolinothewitchscat Thu 16-May-13 10:22:54

I'm sure - there's been a thread in this relatively recently and I'm sure the general consensus was the same.

Off to look

Mondrian Thu 16-May-13 10:22:59

While you are at it perhaps good to know the other issues surrounding tampons - toxins and its effect on your body and the environment.

ChunkyPickle Thu 16-May-13 10:23:05

Way, way prefer the plastic ones, plus they're shorter and easier to carry around.

I've pinched myself with the cardboard ones, which are also inclined to wedge while trying to insert, and which I ruin a fair number of carrying around because they're such an inconvenient size (and I no longer have the weird/ugly case that they handed out in primary school).

I do plenty of other things to save waste, I would like to keep the much more comfortable and convenient (for me) plastic applicators.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 10:23:21

Dear Bob,

I don't like plastic applicators as they pinch and feel like they are slicing my fanjo up.

Please reply by return,

Much love,

Sparkling xx

EasilyBored Thu 16-May-13 10:23:23

Plastic applicators don't hurt or get stuck like the card ones. So YABU. You could always just not buy the ones you don't agree with. I don't agree with scented ones (seriously, WTAF?) so don't purchase them.

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