Are you tired of running to the store in an emergency pad or tampon run, go green with these reusable ones.
I am going to talk about Menstruation (pads, tampons etc.)
So ladies, do you ever get frustrated at the amount of money you have to spend every year on pads and tampons? How about rashes from pads and infections from tampons? Sound familiar? In 2014 Canadian women spent approximately $520,000,000.00 on menstrual hygiene products! YIKES! Now let’s talk about the land fill problem! Around 17.4 billion hygiene products (pads, tampons) were sold in 2018 worldwide. It can take up to 500 years for some of these products to decompose. Tampons typically take about 6 months, but that isn’t including the applicator, and plastic wrapping. So what can we do to reduce our environmental impact and reduce our extra spending costs?
Reusable pads and menstrual cups?!
Personally, I use cloth pads, I was never a fan of tampons. I never really liked the texture or feel of a pad, especially in the heat while being active. The plastic like texture wasn’t fun. Now that we have discussed that, we really don’t need to spend money on menstrual hygiene products every month, let’s talk about how quickly they pile up in landfills, and how long they take to decompose. By decompose, I mean break down. Because they have plastic, they never fully decompose.
Pads Take about 500-800 years to decompose, and because they are plastic based, they never biodegrade.
Tampons take about 6 months to biodegrade, but if you are using tampons with a plastic applicator which is also wrapped in plastic, those take about 500 years to decompose. Most women will throw away about 300 pounds of hygiene products in a lifetime. Multiply that by approximately 3.7 billion women worldwide. That is A LOT of garbage.
Ladies this is a serious problem from something we can’t control. It happens every month, and is going to continue to happen every month. No shame, it is part of our natural life cycle. But there are solutions on how we can reduce our environmental footprint. So let’s do our part!
In 2014 Canadian women spent approximately $520,000,000.00 on menstrual hygiene products! YIKES!
How can we do our part though?
I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the reusable silicon menstrual cups (Diva cup, lily cup, etc.). If not, they are basically a bowl/cone shape that you fold up and slide inside. Like a tampon without an applicator. Instead of absorbing the blood, it catches the blood in the cup part. You typically need to empty it in the morning and at night. Give it a cleaning after you remove it, and boil it for 3-5 minutes at the end of your cycle.
Cloth menstrual napkins
Reusable, washable pads. They are made from a soft cotton with a small button underneath that keeps them from sliding off. You typically need to change them as often as a disposable pad, but I’ve noticed they last a little longer. When the pad is ready to be changed, unbutton it from your panties, place it in a reusable cloth bag, and at the end of your cycle throw the whole bag in the wash.
These look and feel just like underwear. They come in all shapes too from boy short, to bikini, to thong varieties. Depending on your flow will typically depend on the style you might need. A thong style during a heavy flow, might not work all that great, but will be perfect during a light flow. Same with the reusable pads, place them in a cotton washable bag, and wash at the end of your cycle. Change them according to how heavy your flow is and how wet the underwear get.
By making these small changes, we can help reduce the amount of garbage pollution we create every month. So join the revolution of having a happier, more environmentally friendly menstrual cycle!
Happy Cycle Ladies