This post is for the women. According to the book, Flow, the Cultural History of Menstruation by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim, the total amount of pads and tampons ends up being 250-300 pounds of trash during a lifetime of menstruating.
Some might argue that they are made out of cotton which biodegrades. It’s true, pads and tampons are made mostly from cotton, but do contain plastic components. Some tampons use plastic applicators. OB tampons don’t have applicators but they are wrapped in plastic packaging. Plastic is harsh on our mother earth, reducing our waste will go a long way.
According to Earth Eclipse; One of the big concerns about non-organic pads and tampons is whether or not they contain potentially toxic dioxins. There has been some research into primates which links these compounds to endometriosis. These dioxins also end up in our soil and water supplies, which ends up hurting the entire ecosystem.
We can bleed better ladies! There are better options than ones that are harmful for both our bodies and the environment. There are a variety of ways to take care of our Aunt Flow, T.O.M. (time of the month), Shark week, bloody buddy, red ride, Bloody Mary, the red dot special, mother natures gift, you get the idea (what’s your favorite way to say you’re checking in at the Red Roof Inn?)…
My personal favorite waste-free option is a little pricey but it WORKS for me and I LOVE it. It’s… well it’s downright booty-ful (#punsfordays)(Framed picture on my dresser)
I’ve been using THINX for a couple of months now. I am here to tell you that they work. They are honestly DRY and you don’t feel gross while wearing them. In fact, I feel confident and comfortable. These undies can be washed in your regular laundry. I got myself 7 pairs which was the perfect amount. It wasn’t cheap, but
I’ll never buy a tampon ever again.
They are well marketed, for all shapes, colors, sizes, and styles. I haven’t tried any other period panties because I don’t need to. I have my 7 pairs and I’m good to go. I’ve heard mixed reviews about using a menstrual cup, but I don’t plan on trying that either.
The only thing I would change is the packaging. They are definitely wrapped in plastic for shipping (sad face).
“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
– Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability