Next in our Period Powerful Profile series we’re chatting to Molly, Founder of Love Your Period. Molly is pioneering change with her petition asking the UK government to make it a requirement for period care manufacturers to list ingredients on product boxes.
Firstly, could you please tell us about yourself?
Hi! My name is Molly Fenton, the founder of the Love Your Period (LYP) campaign. I am a 17-year-old pupil from Cardiff, Wales. I am starting my AS levels in September and I spend almost all my free time campaigning for LYP!
What inspired you to start up this petition and what’s it all about?
In January 2019, after doing a report of Period Poverty and Stigma in the UK, I started a campaign – Love Your Period. The campaign was started to make people aware of period poverty and stigma. I want to tackle period poverty over Wales and as much of the global population as possible.
I have started a petition asking the government to make it a legal obligation for period product manufacturers to label their ingredients on their packaging. It is a legal obligation for food manufacturers, so why isn’t it the same?
Why is this important?
Up to 90% of the conventional period products you are using are PLASTIC. Not only is this causing huge environmental issues, but it is having a detrimental effect on our bodies. Due to being used in such an intimate area, we are absorbing plastic up to 10x FASTER than if it were just on our skin. This may surprise you. I didn’t know this either. This plastic causes foreign oestrogens (used in thyroxine for metabolism, serotonin for our sense of well-being and dopamine for our motor function) to make our oestrogen levels rise causing hormone imbalances. This excess oestrogen can cause heavy periods, infertility and, more seriously, female cancers.
It should be able easy for us to find what is in the products we are using so intimately, so we know what our bodies are absorbing and what this means for it
In your opinion, why do you think period care products have never been questioned before, and how come manufacturers have been able to hide ingredients?
I really don’t know – it’s something I’ve never been able to get my mind around. To be honest, I never questioned them myself. It wasn’t until I saw an article entitled