How Green is Your Period?
By Melissa Ford on September 24, 2013
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You recycle. You compost. You buy local, support your CSA, and save gasoline whenever possible. But... er... how green is your period? Are you taking that mindfulness to the pads and tampons you use (or don't use) during your monthly flow?
Health Yeah! has a post about how to keep your period from being detrimental to the environment. She points out that,
On average a woman will have her period once a month, for about 5 days, for around 40 years of her life. That's around 521 cycles per woman, multiplied by 3.5 billion women around the globe.
Now there's a multi-billion dollar repeat customer market if ever I saw one.
Over the course of a lifetime, every tampon-using woman will leave behind 45 cubic feet of waste, and the figure is higher for all the pad-users out there.
Uh... that's made me rethink that box of tampons under the sink. Health Yeah! has plenty of suggestions from menstrual cups to reusable pads to non-applicator cotton tampons (since it isn't just the tampons themselves that make waste but the productions of the tampons too).
How green is your period? Any reusable or environmental-friendly options you can recommend?
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