Government backed scheme offers free access to period products in schools – including the Mooncup®

This week saw another historic moment for us at Mooncup Ltd with the Mooncup® menstrual cup becoming available free-of-charge in schools in England for the first time, as part of a new Department for Education scheme. We’re proud to have…

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8 Top Tips for an Eco Thrifty 2020

Apart from ditching the tampons and switching to the Mooncup®, what other small conscientious changes can we make in our lives that save us pennies and are good for the environment too? We spoke to Zoe Morrison, blogger and author…

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Young Person’s Guide to Period Products

Which menstrual product should I start with? Choosing the menstrual product that’s right for you can be a bit of an adventure, trying out different products to see what works best for you – there’s also likely to be a…

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The menopause; what to expect and how to help yourself through the transition

‘The Change’, ‘that time of your life’, ‘Aunt Flo’s grand departure’… here at Mooncup Ltd we have heard the menopause called many things! Going through the menopause marks the transition from one phase of life to another, and while this…

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The “tampon tax” to be scrapped in the UK

The government has announced that the 5% rate of VAT on sanitary products in the UK – often called the “tampon tax” – will be scrapped from January 2021.  The term ‘tampon tax’ can be confusing. Thankfully, this change will apply to all sanitary products, including menstrual cups such as the Mooncup®.

Since 2015, the revenue collected from VAT in the UK has been diverted to charities working with vulnerable women and girls.  The Treasury estimates the ‘move will save the average woman nearly £40 over her lifetime, with a cut of 7p on a pack of 20 tampons and 5p on 12 pads’ (BBC News).

Meanwhile, one Mooncup menstrual cup will last for years, and already costs the same as you’d spend on disposables in 6-8 months.  Once the zero-rate is applied to sanitary products, new Mooncup customers will benefit from even greater savings. While this is good news, the future for the services recently supported by the tax revenue is less clear.

Mooncup Company Director, Kath Clements welcomes the change:

“It’s great news that tax on sanitary products will be eliminated in the UK from January 2021.  This will mean that, the Mooncup, already a money-saving, eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads that lasts for years and is made here in the UK, will be accessible to even more users.”

The news comes in the wake of several recent changes in the UK when it comes to periods. A new initiative that Mooncup Ltd is proudly participating in is offering free sanitary products in schools in England, including, for the first time, plastic-free sustainable options like the Mooncup. The Scottish parliament also announced that Scotland will become the first nation in the world to offer free sanitary products to all.

Original cover artwork by @thisisaliceskinner

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