As Team England gets ready for the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, the female athletes are preparing themselves for every physical eventuality, including dealing with menstruation during their stay in Australia. For this reason, Team England is packing a secret weapon for its female athletes: FabLittleBag.
The natural process of having a period has long been associated with stigma, leading women to find themselves in anxious and awkward situations: not what you need when you have to be on top competing form. One unspoken issue is the disposal of tampons and pads. By having a reliable and pleasant method of disposal, Team England’s female athletes are replacing the anxiety around disposal with a new confidence.
Sarah Winckless of Team England says,
“We are offering FabLittleBags at both our preparation camp and the Games Village. This will allow our athletes to focus on their performance, rather than be distracted by disposal issues around their periods”.
Martha Silcott of FabLittleBag says,
“Flushing sanitary products causes blockages and pollution, but binning them wrapped in loo roll is unpleasant and awkward. FabLittleBag opens one-handed to seal away used items with no leaks, odour or fuss, offering our athletes disposal that actually feels good”.
FabLittleBag is an innovative disposal bag, with loops for one-handed opening, made from biodegradable, corn-based materials. It is opaque and sealable and prevents the aquatic pollution caused by flushed sanitary products.
“The 2018 Commonwealth Games is set on Australia’s stunning Gold Coast. Flushed sanitary items block sewers, causing nasty overflow into the rivers and ocean. Nobody wants that to be the legacy of the Games so we’re proud to be supplying Team England with an eco-conscious alternative, tackling the outdated taboo around periods at the same time”.
Ian Braid of DOCIAsport says,
“Our athletes’ mental health is a core concern as part of Duty of Care In Action (DOCIA). As periods are rarely discussed openly, private menstrual concerns do not receive the attention they deserve. We’re delighted to be offering FabLittleBag and to be bringing this topic out into the open”.