What is Period Poverty?

Fostering Period Dignity: Tackling Period Poverty and Embracing Sustainability in Schools


Period dignity is a universal right that everyone deserves, yet many individuals, particularly students, grapple with challenges related to period poverty. In the educational setting, where the well-being of students is paramount, addressing period dignity becomes crucial to ensuring a supportive and inclusive environment.

Defining Period Dignity:

Period dignity goes beyond the biological aspect of menstruation. It encompasses the right of every individual to manage their period with dignity, free from barriers like financial constraints, lack of access to suitable products, or social stigma. It is about recognizing and respecting the needs of those who menstruate, fostering an environment that promotes openness and inclusivity.

The Impact of Period Poverty:

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of period poverty, a term used to describe the inability to afford essential menstrual products. Governments around the world are taking steps to address this issue through initiatives like the Period Poverty Grant, a lifeline for schools and educational institutions, providing financial support to ensure that students have access to adequate and dignified period products.

Schools and Period Poverty:

Schools, as nurturing spaces for the future generation, play a crucial role in addressing period poverty. The Period Poverty Grant empowers schools to make a positive impact on the well-being of their students. As staff members, understanding the grant and making informed choices about the products to purchase are key steps in contributing to period dignity.

The Role of Sustainable Period Products:

In the pursuit of period dignity, the choice of period products becomes significant. Schools are not only encouraged to provide accessible products but also to opt for sustainable, eco-friendly options. This aligns with the global movement towards reducing plastic waste and promoting environmental responsibility.  Things like re-usable period knickers have become more popular as they help to reduce the amount of waste and reduce the use of plastics.

FreshWipes Biodegradable Intimate Wipes: A Sustainable Solution:

FreshWipes recognises the unique challenges faced by schools and offers a sustainable solution to support period dignity – Biodegradable Intimate Wipes. These wipes are designed with the specific needs of students in mind, providing a cost-effective, gender-neutral, and unscented option for personal cleansing during menstruation.

  • Biodegradable: FreshWipes Biodegradable Intimate Wipes are environmentally conscious, ensuring that schools contribute to sustainability goals while addressing period poverty.

  • Gender-Neutral & Unscented: The wipes are carefully crafted to be inclusive, catering to the diverse needs of all students. They are unscented, making them suitable for those with sensitivities.

  • Cost-Effective: FreshWipes offers these wipes at wholesale prices, making it an economical choice for schools looking to maximize the impact of the Period Poverty Grant.

Navigating Period Dignity Grants:

Understanding the Period Dignity Grant is essential for schools looking to make informed decisions. The grant is designed to help cover the costs associated with providing period products to students in need. Schools can explore the various approved products and suppliers, including FreshWipes, to ensure that they are meeting the criteria set forth by the grant.

How FreshWipes Supports Schools:

FreshWipes is committed to supporting schools in their journey towards period dignity. By providing sustainable and cost-effective options, we aim to empower schools to make a positive impact on the lives of their students. Our Biodegradable Intimate Wipes are not just a product; they are a step towards a more inclusive and environmentally conscious future.


Period dignity is a shared responsibility that requires collective efforts from schools, educational staff, and product suppliers. By understanding the nuances of period poverty, navigating the Period Dignity Grant, and choosing sustainable solutions like FreshWipes Biodegradable Intimate Wipes, schools can contribute significantly to creating an environment where every student can manage their period with dignity and without barriers. Together, we can pave the way for a more inclusive and compassionate future.

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