How Much Plastic Is Really In Your Period

Women are changing the way that they bleed. A few years ago disposable tampons and pads were the norm, but now in 2018 more and more women are choosing to make the switch from disposables to reusables- cloth sanitary pads, menstrual cups and more. And it feels AWESOME!

Why you don’t want to use disposables

  • 100 billion menstrual products are thrown away every year. Most of which contain plastic. This amount of menstrual products would circle our planet 250 times!*
  • Each item takes 500 years to degrade. Because they cannot be recycled they end up in the landfill and our oceans. *
  • The average woman uses 11,000 menstrual products during her reproductive lifetime. This creates 200,000 tonnes of waste PER YEAR!**
  • All menstrual products contain plastics- pads are made of 90% plastic!**
  • Many disposable pads and tampons contain bleaches, dyes, and cotton that has been sprayed with pesticides.
  • Tampons absorb ALL moisture from your vagina, even the useful ‘stuff’ that you need. This can cause irritation, infects and even lots of tiny cuts.
  • It costs you money… just to have a natural bodily function!

Plastic Free Period

Think about the most common menstrual products available to buy in the supermarkets. I guarantee that every one of these items contains plastic. Every bit of plastic that you buy in your life shall still be sat in landfill when your great-great grandchildren are born. That is a scary thought. Scroll down to watch a video about this.

There has suddenly been a surge with the number of families choosing to live plastic/waste free. How awesome is that?! We know that plastic is ruining the planet, and people now realise that they can make simple switches in their daily lives which make a huge positive impact. Sadly though, many women may not even realise that their menstrual products contain plastic- making the switch to non-applicator tampons or using tampons that come with a cardboard applicator, sadly these tampons still do contain plastic in some form.

Let us look at a pack of Tampax Compak Regular applicator tampons & Always Pads

https://optiphar.com/en/online-pharmacy/tampax-compak-regular

What is made of plastic in this tampon?

The applicator (2 parts)

Wapper

The thin fabric around the absorbent core- Polyester (that’s fabric plastic btw) and polypropylene.

String- That’s the bit you use to pull the tampon out. That’s also made of Polyester and polypropylene. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic Polymer- whatever that is?! :/

Thread- Used to attach the thread to the core. That is made of cotton wrapped polyester.

What is made of plastic in this Always Ultra Pad?

Wrapper for the main pack

Wrapper for the individual pad

Top sheet- Polyolefins (this is another name for Thermo Plastic)

Core- Absorbant wood cellulose, absorbent gel, rayon or polyester. Eugh MORE polyester.

Back sheet- Those ole’ Polyolefins… again.

Now, all of these products have been listed as safe by the FDA. They should not cause YOU any harm. They’re not great and they aren’t natural but they are not going to kill you. But they certainly are not good for the planet.

https://www.aurecongroup.com/about/sustainability-aurecon/sustainability-stories/caring-beaches-around-the-world

Plastic, plastic, plastic everywhere. The method of making these products, shipping them to stores, the amount of waste created, carbon footprints created, and the fact that many of these products shall end up littering our beautiful seas, rivers and countryside. Periods are natural, but destroying the Earth certainly isn’t.

Why Switch to Cloth Sanitary Protection (CSP) Or A Menstrual Cup?

  • Save a fortune! A few pads or a menstrual cup may cost more than a pack of disposables, but they will last you for years and years! Saving you lots of money in the long run.
  • No nasty plastic! We are aiming to reduce the amount of plastic in our lives- and so should you. Plastic in our homes doesn’t seem as extreme as putting plastic UP our vaginas, but we still do it. That’s weird, right?
  • No cuts! Tampons cause tiny cuts in the vagina, CSP and cups don’t. Reducing your risk of infections, soreness and irritation.
  • Longer wear! A Tampax tampon can be worn for 8hrs, but a menstrual cup lasts for 12 hours. Great for long days out and at work.
  • Quiet! Next time you’re in a public toilet you won’t have to worry about those plastic wrappers making an embarrassing rustling sound. Because a cup can last 12 hours you probably won’t even need to change it anyway.
  • No more bulky packs of pads and tampons filling your bathroom.
  • Less waste in our oceans!

The amount of pads and tampons (and applicators) found on British coastlines and in our rivers, is rapidly rising. This problem is happening all around the world. It’s killing our planet.

Please make a good choice for our future and try using reusables! They aren’t messy, complicated or painful. I am always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

*Facts supplied by D by Dame

** Facts sourced from wen.org.uk

 

 

Cutting Vehicle Costs

Anyone who has looked into getting behind the wheel of a car will be well aware that it is a costly venture. Even if you ignore the high cost of lessons and getting through your driving test, there are numerous outlays that inevitably come hand in hand with taking to the roads. The good news is that there are ways to reduce these costs in order to make your venture more affordable. Here are some that you might like to try out!

Insurance

One of the biggest costs associated with driving tends to be car insurance, especially for relatively new drivers, young drivers, or individuals who have had to claim in the past. But while it is an essential outlay, there are ways to reduce the overall costs that you have to face. First, you could consider having a black box fitted in your vehicle. This is a small device that monitors your driving behaviour. The more responsible a driver you are, the lower your policy will be estimated at. Another option is to opt-in to pay a higher voluntary excess. The voluntary excess on your vehicle is the amount that you are willing to pay towards repairs should something go wrong. The higher this figure is, the lower your quote will amount to. You could also use price comparison sites for more savings on car insurance policies, as they will take all of this information and scour the internet for the cheapest insurance providers for your circumstances and needs.

Fuel

Now, your car needs fuel to run, so this isn’t something that you can cut from your budget completely. But shopping around can save you significant sums of cash in the long run. Most of us are in the habit of using the same fuel station every time we need to fill up the tank. This is likely to be one that is convenient to us: it might be near our home, near our place of work, or near another place we regularly visit, such as a favourite supermarket or a friend’s house. But prices fluctuate between one location and another, so it may be worth travelling a little further afield to benefit from better prices.

Cleaning

Many of us automatically take our cars to the carwash when they get a bit grubby. Sure, it’s nice to have someone else or a machine do the hard work for you. But realistically, this is a chore that we could carry out ourselves if we really wanted to. So, rather than splashing the cash and outsourcing the work to someone else, consider making a splash yourself and dedicating a free morning or afternoon to cleaning your car to perfection. Just make sure that the products that you intend to use are safe for use on vehicles to avoid any damage to your interiors or exteriors.

 

These are just a few ways that you can cut the cost of driving a vehicle. Each is worth pursuing, as the cash that you save could be stored away for a rainy day or put towards something much more exciting!

 

 

 

 

*Collaborative post*