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These estimations of degradation are based on respirometry tests in lab conditions, so in reality, what actually happens to these products in landfill could be very different, as there is often a lack of oxygen making them unlikely to degrade .Much of the plastic used in disposable pads and tampons is polyethylene and most microorganisms do not recognize this material as food, so do not decompose it.Microplastics are small pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in size, now found in the most remote marine environments  and they can pose a serious threat to marine systems and human health .  found that 36.5% of fish sampled in the English Channel contained microplastics.At lower trophic levels, the microplastics can be easily ingested as many of these organisms are not selective, eating anything which is the right size.The results of the study show that most participants were not aware at the amount of plastic in disposable menstrual products, and that there are other issues linked to their environmental impact that people are generally not aware of.
Berkeley  explains the increased use of these items by women’s entry into more male-dominated workplaces.
Within the UK, the most popular and easily available items are non-organic tampons and disposable pads .
Some organic disposables and reusable menstrual cups are available in specific high street stores, but many are only available to purchase online.
Plastic tampon applicators are commonly found on beaches and even inside the stomachs of dead seabirds .
The Marine Conservation Society reported an increase in sanitary products, including menstrual products and wet wipes, found during beach cleans in 2017 , with nine plastic applicators found per km on UK beaches .