The Environmental Effect Of Disposables
It is estimated that annually, nearly 20 billion disposable sanitary products are disposed of and dumped into landfills…and that is just in North America. In terms of how biodegradable plastic is, plastic dumped in landfills can take up to 500 years to decompose. Not only do these pollutants seep into the soil and water, but plastic debris can also be ingested by marine life. The video below is just one of the many examples floating around the internet of how much plastic waste is being disposed of in our precious oceans.
Let’s also address what tampons and sanitary pads are actually comprised of…because how many of you out there are unaware of the different chemicals you may be putting in to your body? Many tampons in the UK have been said to be made from a combination of Cotton and Rayon, but even 100% cotton tampons have been said to have traces of Dioxin found. What is this ingredient? Dioxin is commonly used as a “bleaching” ingredient, and exposure to this ingredient in high quantities can be extremely harmful to one’s health! If you consider how many tampons a woman will need to use over her lifetime, it is very concerning to think how easily this ingredient can be absorbed into the bloodstream, through the vagina. So what about menstrual cups? Most of our menstrual cups are made from 100% medical grade silicone, whilst all of them are made without any nasty chemicals or dyes.
Lastly, from a monetary perspective, you will save thousands of pounds over your lifetime by using reusable sanitary products. As if getting your period once a month wasn’t bad enough- women have to pay hundreds of pounds a year in order to purchase products that are essential to our well-being. In the UK, tampons are also taxed at 5% VAT as they are classed as a “non-essential luxury item”, because of course we all choose to menstruate…!
If this hasn’t already convinced you to switch to reusables, then keep following our regular blog posts, as many more things can be said about making the switch! Feel free to comment below if you have any further questions or any other topics you would like us to discuss, and don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter page!