Reusable menstrual products?by Jonathon Morgan
Obviously recycling is a great way to reduce the impact that your everyday consumption has on the environment -- but an even better way is use less in the first place.
With that in mind, we're putting a compost bin in the backyard (so our lawn trimmings and food waste don't end up in landfills), trying to use washcloths instead of paper towels in the kitchen, and making an effort to buy clothes that'll last a few years. However, there's a line between doing my part to help the planet, and doing stuff that totally creeps me out (which is why I won't be using the "family cloth" any time soon).Ladies, I wonder if this might be where you draw that line: reusable menstrual products. Granted, they are more eco-friendly than disposable pads and tampons. And, even though you have to shell out $39.99 up front, given that disposal menstrual products can run you up to $200 annually, these "Diva Cups" will actually save you money in the long run.
That said, I get the sneaking suspicion some women might find this idea a little unnerving. If that's the case, you might try organic cotton tampons. Not as eco-friendly, but also not as gross.
http://www.greendaily.com/2007/11/11/reusable-menstrual-products/To my knowledge, there is no scientific evidence that suggests unbleached tampons are "better" than bleached, or that organically-grown cotton is better than regular cotton or rayon. It saddens me that tampons are still the "almighty" menstrual product and even so called "green" sites are still shouting their glory from the rooftops. Why can't women love their bodies and not see their periods as gross, unnatural, or inconvenient? I wish there was more I could do to educate women. Sometimes it feels like an uphill battle...
*EDITED AUG 06, 2008
I can see that I'm not the only one that was angered by this article. Please follow the rules of the community and keep the name calling and rudeness to a minimum. I honestly didn't mean to cause such an uproar. I hope that you will take this anger and use it for something good like I'm trying to do. Try to educate as many people as possible about alternative menstrual products and women's health. Women in today's society are overall clueless about their bodies and how natural their menstrual cycle is. There are many more individuals out there who are bashing the idea of using reusable menstrual products, women and men alike. So educate them. Let them know the truth. Thanks to the mod for being so understanding throughout all this!