Let’s talk environment. Let’s talk saving money. Let’s talk sanitary products. Don’t be scared!
Have you ever considered the environmental impact of sanitary products? Have you ever thought about the ingredients used in these products which sit so…..intimately……against your intimate areas?
The truth is that the impact is huge. Every woman will contribute 300 sanitary products to landfill each year and 11,000 in their lifetime. Let’s think about that. There are 24 million people in Australia and approximately 35% of these are woman of ‘childbearing’ age. That totals a staggering 2.5 billion sanitary products contributing to landfill EACH YEAR, just in Australia!
Now for the ingredients. Commercial pads and tampons may contain ingredients that are less than appealing. 90% of plastics used in pads are derived from crude oil and the rest is often chlorine dioxide bleached wood pulp. Non organic tampons contain harmful chemicals, as cotton crops are regularly sprayed with pesticides. They are also often laced with odour neutralisers and artificial fragrances, just to name a few. Many people are concerned about what they put on their skin due the fact that it is absorbed. Sanitary products are no different. In fact, it is probably even worse. These products are sitting against a highly sensitive, highly vascular area.
So what is the answer? There are a few options. If nothing else, change to an organic brand to minimise the chemical exposure. The downside of this is that there is still an environmental impact in regards to landfill.
Another option is cloth sanitary pads which I’m guessing for most, brings the thought “NO WAY” to mind. These are reusable pads which are washed and reused – just like cloth nappies.
Don’t tune out yet! I have a better option for you!!
Menstrual cups. Some of you may have heard of them, some of you may already use one and some of you possibly have no idea what I am on about. Menstrual cups are a bell shaped cup made from medical grade silicone. The cup collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it so do not cause aggravation due to the drying nature of tampons. Once inserted, depending on your flow, it can be left for the duration of the day and emptied morning and night. Unlike tampons, menstrual cups are ok to be left in at night and they require less changes. They can completely eliminate the need to buy disposable products, they last for many years and you only need one. Imagine that! No landfill from sanitary products and a HUGE financial saving.
You might be thinking “eeeeewwwww. No way am I using that”. That was my first thought when a friend mentioned them to me years ago. I have that same thought now when I think about where all the used sanitary products end up.
I stock an Australian brand of menstrual cup in my “shop”. They are JuJu brand. Check out their website if you want to know more about sizing options and how to use them. They are $50 (RRP is $55 plus postage) and I currently have size 2 available. A small investment for years of use and little environmental impact. Be brave. Give it a go!