Here’s the lowdown from The Hygiene Bank Ireland gang…
Hygiene poverty is the inability to afford many of the everyday hygiene items that most of us take for granted. It can affect anyone in financial difficulty and results in people going without hygiene products in order to prioritise rent, bills or food.
It can have serious implications for an individual’s health, increasing their risk of contracting or spreading illnesses as well as negatively impacting one’s mental health and wellbeing. Hygiene poverty exists in Ireland and can result in parents reusing dirty nappies, whole households sharing one toothbrush, and being unable to wash clothes when necessary.
To tackle hygiene poverty, The Hygiene Bank Ireland partners closely with organisations that are embedded in Irish communities to freely provide hygiene and household cleaning products. These Community Partners include family resource centres, women’s refuges and homeless charities. Since its establishment in 2019, The Hygiene Bank Ireland has delivered over 21 tonnes of toiletries to 36 organisations across Ireland.
You can find out more about The Hygiene Bank Ireland here, get involved here and support their work here.
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