According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces 1,600 pounds of garbage a year. That’s enough to cover the state of Texas two and a half times! Unfortunately, a lot of that is plastic trash…bottles, bags, packaging, and plastic tampons. All of which do NOT biodegrade.
One day it hit me. The average female menstruates every month for a week from the time they are around the age of 14 until their mid-40’s. Assuming they use a minimum of 4 tampons a day that’s 28 tampons a week, 196 tampons a year, and 5,880 tampons in 30 years!!! Now consider that times 149.1 million… the number of women just in the US! That’s almost unfathomable!
So I decided to make a personal change: I made the move from plastic to cardboard. Your first thought may be, “oh gosh, how uncomfortable! Why would you do that?” Well I’ll let you in on a little secret: it feels exactly the same! I felt proud of my change, knowing that my feminine products were biodegradable, plus they wouldn’t take up any more space in our already overflowing landfills. Another comforting fact was that all the packaging products for the cardboard tampons were all recyclable!
I did a little research and came across this Plant Green article: Buy Green: Tampons. It lists and describes/explains what they believe to be the top 5 green tampons on the market.
I also found this, eco-friendly reusable cloth tampons. It requires more clean-up care obviously, but definitely a very-green option!
If you need a little inspiring or a shove in the rear, so to speak, read this article from Mostly Water. The author encourages all women to take control over their bodies and quit relying on corporations to protect us from our own bodily fluids. She suggests that buying mainstream “Moon Blood” (a term Native American women used to refer to their menstruation) protection is just giving in to the capitalist system.
So please, switch to something…or at least give it a try! Remember, it’s the little changes like this that add up!