We use a lot of pads and tampons over our life and it can create a lot of trash. Menstrual products can be harmful to us and the environment.
We all know that disposable products are bad for the environment but have you thought about the environmental impact of your menstrual products? And what about their impact on you?
Women will use on average 15,000 pads or tampons in their lifetime. That’s a lot of trash! And a lot of money. And a lot of that trash is plastic as few menstrual products use much in the way of natural fibers any more.
Pads are in fact 90% plastic! That means we are throwing away a lot of plastic that will remain in the environment forever and even harm wildlife because it’s not just plastic straws that are causing problems, all single-use plastic is a very big environmental problem.
And what about the impact on you? Pads and tampons can be scented which can be irritating and even contain phthalates. If it uses cotton it will likely contain pesticides, which can be harmful to you and the environment. And while organic tampons can also cause TSS, menstrual cups seem to carry a smaller risk.
“TSS is real, it’s common, and it kills. 1 in 700 women will get tampon related TSS in their lifetime. It’s estimated that nationwide 5,000 to 10,000 cases of staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome now occur each year, making it as common as Lyme disease. TSS can strike any woman or girl without warning and can act so rapidly that more fatalities among tampon users are inevitable.”
Reducing the Risks and Environmental Harm
How do we reduce this impact on our health and the health of the planet? Making the switch to eco-friendly period care products can help.
Products that are reusable or use natural, biodegradable materials can make a big impact. It’s also not a hard switch. You don’t need to go straight to reusable pads and menstrual cups. There are eco-friendly options that look and work just like the items you currently use.
While reusable is the most eco-friendly option even switching to better disposables can make a big impact. They are also safer for our own health.
Eco-Friendly Menstrual Products
These are just some of the eco-friendly period products available now. New unique options are coming out all of the time. You can find many of these products in your local stores or online.
For further reading check out Powerful Reasons to Switch to a Menstrual Cup.