A menstrual riddle for you: If the average woman menstruates for forty years and uses approximately 20 tampons per cycle (240 tampons each year) how many will she use during her entire menstrual life cycle? Answer: 9,600.
Every month, women flush and throw away hundreds of disposable products and their packaging. Have you ever wondered what happens to all those products? For the last hundred years, the feminine hygiene industry has told women that when it comes to menstruation and the products they use, the best approach for ultimate care and comfort is: “out of sight, out of mind”.
But disposable tampons and pads are anything but “out of sight”. They are visible everywhere – in our bathroom garbage cans, our landfills and even washed up along our coastlines.
And if they are still visible after disposal, they have probably left a visible trace on or in your body. Yikes!
Think about this:
- Most tampons and pads contain surfactants, adhesives and additives. That’s a bunch of stuff you don’t want near or inside your body!
- Most pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production is a pollutant.
- Traces of dioxin (a known carcinogen) and the synthetic fiber rayon are also found in tampons. Dioxin is a by-product of the bleaching process in the manufacturing of tampons and the synthetic fiber rayon can leave residue in the vaginal wall, leading to possible risk of infection and overall discomfort.
- In landfills, many of these substances can leach into the environment (groundwater, streams and lakes) causing serious pollution and health concerns.
Let’s add this up: environmental harm + resource waste + unnecessary cost + women’s health compromised = one serious problem.
You can help care for our planet, and your body, by switching to The DivaCup today. Although not all women can afford to purchase an energy-efficient hybrid car or convert their home heating system to solar energy, they can reduce dangerous landfill waste by choosing to use a reusable, silicone menstrual cup. When considering the pollution and volume of waste that is linked to the use of disposable tampons and pads, replacing one’s feminine hygiene with The DivaCup makes good environmental sense and encourages a positive eco-footprint every month. Green your life! Buy a DivaCup Today.