You can now help to fight period poverty on your next trip to The Body Shop

Period poverty is a sad fact of our current society. It’s estimated that one in 10 girls can’t afford to buy menstrual products, and it’s not just girls – women all over the country in difficult circumstances struggle to find the funds to purchase basic sanitary products every single day.

Bloody Good Period is an organisation that aims to change this fact, both by providing products to those who can’t afford them, and providing menstrual education to those less likely to access it – a cause that anyone would agree is a worthy one. It supports 16 asylum seeker drop-in centres based in London and Leeds, plus directing regional collections to other areas across the country – and now you can support it too, on your next visit to The Body Shop.

The Body Shop has installed Period Product Donation boxes in 34 shops up and down the country, where you can drop off any packs of pads to be sent out to local organisations such as refuges, drop-in centres and shelters. It’s important to note that Bloody Good Period only accept new, unopened packets of pads – on its website, it notes that tampons and menstrual cups are unsuitable for many of its recipients.

‘Periods have been considered shameful, secret and stigmatised for so long, is it any wonder people with less money have been forced to go without instead of being able to access products for free,’ Gabby Edlin, the founder and CEO of Bloody Good Period, said of the news. ‘We are delighted to partner with The Body Shop to extend our reach throughout the UK, providing period supplies to those who can’t afford them.’

Got a packet ready to give? Here’s the stores that are participating so far:

The Body Shop stores with Bloody Good Period donation boxes

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Brent Cross (London)
Islington (London)
Oxford Street Soho (London)
Stratford City (London)
White City Westfield (London)
Wood Green (London)
Birmingham Bull Ring
Birmingham New Street
Castleford Outlet
Glasgow Braehead
Glasgow Fort
Glasgow Sauchiehall
Glasgow Silverburn
Glasgow St Enoch
Kings Lynn
Liverpool Bold Street
Liverpool one
Leeds Briggate
Manchester Arndale
Manchester Royal Exchange
Nottingham Albert Street
Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
Meadowhall High Street
Trafford Park
Tunbridge Wells