On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.
Sorry mens, but this one’s for my girlies. Not that you can’t play too! Every guy has women in his life, be it a mother, sister, partner, daughter, or friend. Why not politely pass this info along?
Let’s start with some troubling statistics. An average female uses (and throws away) 12,000 tampons or pads throughout her lifetime. That’s over 250 pounds worth of biohazard waste. Over 12 billion tampons are making their way into North American landfills each year. Or, you know, not making their way. For example, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected on American beaches from 1998-99.
And that’s just the waste! I won’t even get into the carcinogens contained in tampons or the noxious production of the polyethylene plastics used in pads.
Ladies, it’s time to take action! We have choices here, real options that aren’t harmful to us or our environment. There’s quite a variety of cotton/cloth washable pads, as well as safe reusable ‘menstrual cups’. For more info on a wide selection of products, check out the Lunapads website, or find cloth pads on Etsy, or give the DivaCup a shot. Or, why not try making your own cloth pads?
If you’ve already traded your disposables for an alternative, what do you use and how does it work for you?
To my other fellow females, do you choose to accept this Mission?