If you are still hesitant or squeamish about using a menstrual cup, read the article below. It discusses how our menstruation – and the disposable products that we use to during our periods – impacts the environment.
I really like simplicity, and this is a truly one of the simplest things you can do – while at the same time is one of those things that TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Women’s lifestyles are busier than ever. With demands that may include a job, studies, family and household responsibilities, making some time for yourself every now and then is challenging enough.
The last thing you have time to worry about is the feminine protection and its impact on the environment.
***When you switch to a reusable, earth-friendly menstruation cup, you greatly reduce your ecological footprint on this planet. ***
If you are currently using tampons, I urge you to consider switching to reusable menstrual cups.
A menstrual cup offers superior protection, is safe, and ecologically friendly. Most popular brands include Divacup, Mooncup, the Keeper and Lunette. Buy a menstrual cup HERE.
A Moon Cup Makes Your Period Green
Just for the moment, we will forget how much better for you, using a menstrual cup is. We will not mention the reduced risk of thrush, or toxic shock syndrome. We will not even think about how convenient moon cups are, without all those boxes to buy each month, or carrying around spare tampons and towels all week.
For now, we will just think about the really obvious impact menstruating women have on the planet. Well, those women yet to start using mooncups.
The thing is women in the west have enjoyed the luxury of making their periods ‘disappear’ from sight. Unlike women in large parts of the world who have either rags, to be washed and re-used, or literally nothing to absorb their flow, we have been able to use disposable pads and tampons for nearly one hundred years. Lucky us I say. But, though it means our periods have disappeared for us – no messy cloth to wash for example. For the planet, our periods have become all to visible.
Simply looking at the waste from our sanitary protection makes some scary viewing. For example, one of the most common forms of rubbish found on American beaches are tampon applicators from sewage outlets. In fact, the Center for Marine Conservation recorded that over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along the United States shore in 1998. That is a whole lot of totally unnecessary plastic. All those applicators used once! Surely it is enough to make you want your own menstrual cup?
But, not all western women use applicator tampons, so lets not just blame them. All those used tampons and sanitary pads have to go somewhere too. The waste consultants Franklin Associates found that 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion pads ended up in landfill or the sewage system just in 1998 in the United States. Am I starting to make you want a menstrual cup yet?
So, we’ve made the beaches very colorful with lots of plastic tubes, and we have filled the sewage treatment and landfill systems with absorbent cotton and rayon. But, we haven’t finished yet! All those boxes, plastic wrappers, and now even individual plastic sheaths from each individual pad! Add all that lot to the 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion pads and you can see we menstruating women cause a whole heap of waste, period.
To put things on a more personal level. It is estimated that each woman in the United States throws over sixty five pounds of garbage in landfill or the sewage treatment system, just to manage her periods. That is in ten years! When you realize that one menstrual cup should last ten years it really does make a huge difference to the amount of waste we produce.
Changing to the moon cup, or any brand of menstrual cup means you could simply throw away four or five latex or silicon cups in your lifetime of menstruating. That really would make your periods a whole lot more environmentally friendly. See, a moon cup really does make your period green!
For more information on moon cups and a menstrual cup review visit A Self Sufficient Life.
So, what are you waiting for???
Give it a try, and you may never go back to tampons and pads again!
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