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Perthshire brewery Wasted Degrees to offer staff and visitors free period products

Wasted Degrees Brewing and and Hey Girls are excited to work together in the fight against period poverty.

Published: March 24, 2022

Wasted Degrees will have free, sustainable period products available for visitors to the brewery.

One in ten people in the UK still can’t access or afford period products, but in Scotland that number is thought to be one in four.

Founded in 2017, Wasted Degrees Brewing crafts limited edition beers in its 100% renewables powered brewhouse in Blair Atholl, just a few minutes walk from the train station.

Known for their diverse range of high-quality beers that showcase an increasing array of Perthshire-grown ingredients, the team at Wasted Degrees are once again welcoming people to the brewery’s taproom for food and drink from mid-April.

Hey Girls, founded in 2018, is an award-winning social enterprise, producing environmentally friendly period products that fund the fight to end period poverty in the UK.

Their products are responsibly sourced and made from sustainable, biodegradable or recyclable materials, offering the functionality of plastic, without the pollution.

Wasted Degrees and Hey Girls believe that access to quality period products is a right, not a privilege and that free products not only help end period poverty, they promote equality.

Jack Low, co-owner of the brewery, explained why he and the team are partnering with Hey Girls, saying: “Wasted Degrees cares about great flavour, community and environment in equal measure.

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"Along with our community of supporters, we want to set a strong example of business as a force for good.

"From the four tonnes of fresh-but-surplus Perthshire-grown produce we’ve saved and brewed with in the last couple of years, to the energy recovery technology in our renewables-powered brewhouse, we’re always looking to do more.

"Last year, we welcomed more than five thousand visitors to our brewery and taproom in Blair Atholl and we want to make it a destination where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

"That’s why we reached-out to Daisy and the team at Hey Girls to stock their sustainable period products at the brewery.

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"We’re offering these for free to all who need them when we reopen our Taproom for the 2022 season from April 15.”

Daisy Williams, Partner & Contracts Manager at Musselburgh-based Hey Girls added: “We are delighted to be partnered with Jack and the wonderful team at Wasted Degrees who are taking such brilliant measures to ensure that not only are their team members supported but anybody who visits the Brewery.

"Our Partnership will also help the fight against Period Poverty: for every pack that Wasted Degrees buys, we donate a whole box to someone who needs it through our Buy One Donate One Model.”

Find out more about Wasted Degrees by visiting their website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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