Do you want to make a difference?
There is one little piece you do every month that will help:
This shouldn’t be a taboo, as menstruating is common for all healthy women in reproductive ages. It is also a Nature’s gift that allows us to give life to other human beings, so instead of feeling uncomfortable around it, we should celebrate it.
The reality is that this is yet another burden we are putting over our world’s shoulders: there is no point in becoming “green” if you don’t change your most intimate ways as well.
For thousands of years and in every culture/society, women had managed with environmentally friendly pads…until about 117 years ago (1896), when the production of toxic-made, “use-and-throw”, unsustainable and disposable sanitary napkins (or pads) were created.
According to Wikipedia, this is how reusable pads are made of: “The absorbent core, made from chlorine bleached wood pulp, could be reduced to make slimmer products with the addition of polyacrylate gels which sucks up the liquid quickly and holds it in a suspension under pressure. The remaining materials are mostly derived from the petroleum industry, the cover stock used is polypropylene non woven, with the leakproof barrier made from polyethylene film” (the bold and italics are mine)
The environmental damage caused by disposable sanitary pads (and diapers) is broadly documented:
As you can see, they are not safe to dispose, and thousands of these “disposable” pads fill our landfills everywhere in the world.
If you have time and skills, or have a friend with a sewing machine and time to share, you can make them yourself. But if not, you can try this clean, safe, comfortable and cute ones from:
Well cared and cleaned, they can last for years. I have tried them now for months, and they work.
Make sure you wash them well and use “solar energy” to dry them (cloth rack and hand outside or in sunny areas of your house)