Your Period and the Environment

 

Most women don’t think about the impact of their periods on the environment, but modern disposable products are actually leaving quite an impact on the plane.

 

• The average American women can expect to produce 250-300 pounds of garbage in pads and tampons over the course of her lifetime.  This adds up to about $1,6oo dollars.

• A women will produce the same amount of waste in sanitary products as she will in plastics and paper cups and plates.

• The plastics on pads, and tampon applicators isn’t biodegradable, meaning that they will just sit in landfills for several hundred years.

• The cotton in non-organic pads and tampons (what most women use) have been soaked in pesticides, which can pollute water.

 

Although these facts are alarming, there are changes you can make.

 

• Tampons without applicators.  It is estimated that tampons without applicators produces 58% less waste.  For more information see  http://www.obtampons.com/

• Green tampons and pads.  Green opitons are “chlorine-free” and organic.  Check out these links if your interested http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/blog/lets-talk-period-why-were-talking  and http://www.maximhy.com/information/047-maxim-certified-organic-natural-cotton-products-chlorine-dioxin-synthetic-wood-pulp-free.html

• Reusable Pads. This is what woman have used for hundreds of years before the disposable product industry took off.  However products the products are updated check out http://gladrags.com/http://lunapads.com/, and http://www.partypantspads.com/

• Reusable menstrual cups.  These last for 2-10 years depending on the brand and care.  They also can be worn while swimming and exercising like a tampon.  Some brands are www.keeper.com/www.lunette.com/, www.divacup.com/, and www.mooncup.co.uk/mcuk.html

 

If you are interested in learning more about greening your period or some of the products listed above check out the links below.

 

• http://www.menstrualperiodcup.com/shocking-statistics-what-is-the-environmental-impact-of-your-period/

• http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2010/10/ladies-lets-talk-periods.html

• http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/01443610903572117

• http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menstrual-cup/AN01770

• http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/10/whats-really-tampon-and-pad

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/the_green_lantern/2010/03/greening_the_crimson_tide.html

http://www.keeper.com/facts.html

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