The effects of Feminine Care Products on our Environment
Written by: @we_saveplanetearth
Ladies, let’s talk about this time of the month! Did you know that the average woman uses roughly 11,000 tampons in her lifetime? The time it takes for a tampon or pad to degrade in a landfill is centuries longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it, particularly when wrapped in a plastic wrapper or bag.
In addition, many disposable tampons and pads have been found to contain residues of toxic chemicals (for example from pesticides used on cotton) that can seriously harm your reproductive health.
A healthier, zero waste alternative? Menstrual cups! They last up to 10 years, are toxin- and leak-free, are made from medical silicone, and don’t produce any waste. You just need one and never need to bring anything with you. Since they can stay put for 12 hours, most women only have to change their cup twice a day, in the morning and at night, which means that it can usually be changed at home, which is more hygienic than in a public restroom. Also, Peachlife’s menstrual cup costs only USD16.99, which in the long run will save you lots of money!
Have you made the switch to a zero waste, toxin-free period yet?