How to have a green period
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Recently Kimberley Clark recalled one of their Kotex tampon ranges due to health concerns.
According to the press release the tampons were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium which could cause health risks including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease or even life-threatening conditions.
According to Kimberley Clark nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust their brands and “the solutions they provide to enhance health, hygiene and well-being”.
Well I don’t know about you, but this recall coupled with the occasional stories of women dying from toxic shock syndrome makes you want to find an alternative to the conventional tampon.
Toxic shock syndrome
Two to three people die every year in the U.K. as a result of toxic shock syndrome. The toxic shock causing bacteria, called staphylococcus, thrives on synthetic fibers such as rayon or viscose, found in all major tampon brands.
If you want to stick with tampons, switch to an organic, all-cotton blend such as natra care. They use chlorine free, cardboard applicators and the tampons are chlorine and dioxin free.
But you know what? Each woman in her lifetime uses over 12000 pads or tampons. What do we do with them after use? Flush if we’re naughty or bag and bin. That’s 125-150 kg of sanitary protection ending up in landfill, being incinerated or in the sea. The sea? Yep, according to the Marine Conservation Society, tampons, tampon applicators and sanitary towels make up a large proportion of beach litter.
Is that the legacy you want to leave for the future?
Fortunately there are greener options available AND they will save you money!
The Mooncup costs around £16 and is made from soft medical grade silicone. They capture your blood flow and will last several years. So while the initial outlay might be high, it will pay for itself in no time.
Washable pads are made from various materials such as hemp, bamboo or cotton fleece. You treat them just like washable nappies. They cost anything from £4 for a panty liner to £15 for a post partum pad and last several years. If you’re good with a needle and thread you can make your own for next to nothing.
Another option is natural sea sponges; used just like tampons, except you clean them and reuse. These cost around £10 for two and last a year.
What about you – how do you ensure your periods are healthy for you and the environment?
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