United Utilities and Bodyform team up to stop the block. Period.

Water provider for the North West, United Utilities, and leading period product manufacturer, Bodyform, have joined forces to raise awareness about the proper disposal of period products.

The ‘Stop the Block. Period.’ campaign is a significant step in tackling the environmental and infrastructure challenges posed by the improper disposal of period products.

Every year, millions of period products are wrongly flushed down toilets, causing blockages in pipes, drains and the sewer network. Blockages can lead to spills in our rivers and the sea, which impact marine life.

Bodyform is one of the largest period care brands in the UK and is committed to sustainable practices. Their Roll.Press.Go™ packaging, which makes it easy to wrap up used pads and put them in the bin, helps form the habit of binning, not flushing, used period products.

Gareth Lucy, Communications Director at Essity, the parent company of Bodyform, said, "We are proud to partner with United Utilities in this important initiative. Responsible disposal of period products is not only crucial for the environment, but it also plays a significant role in protecting our drainage network. We are committed to making a positive change in this regard."

United Utilities' Head of Brand Jim Spencer, added, "As a water company, we regularly see the effect that improper disposal of period products can have on our infrastructure and the environment. Flushing period products, and other items like wet wipes and cotton buds, cause blockages in the sewers and this can lead to flooding in homes or streets or littering in rivers. We are really pleased to be working alongside Bodyform to educate the public about the need to bin, not flush, period products to help keep our wastewater systems flowing smoothly.

“With population growth and changing weather patterns we see major disruption when anything other than the three Ps (that’s pee, poo and paper) is flushed.”

The team at United Utilities will now be taking the campaign on the road to shopping centres, schools, and universities to spread the message that period products need to be binned not flushed.

This isn’t the first time United Utilities has shone a light on the issue, providing period products for their employees through social enterprise Hey Girls and alongside information about proper disposal.