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13 June 2014 @ 03:09 pm
I bought a pack of o.b. tampons on a whim a few months ago (the kind without applicators). I did some poking around online trying to find out how easy to use and effective they are, and I ran into a lot of "these are pretty good but if you really want to reduce waste, use a cup!" Long story short, they inspired me to give my diva cup another try, and that's when I had my breakthrough success moment. Except now I have all these disposables, what do I do with them? I'm keeping the pads for crampy or sore days, and the o.b. tampons are nice for emergency backup because they're so small. (Really, I have them squirreled away everywhere, it's great.) But I also have a significant stash of various other tampons that I don't want. I've heard people talk about domestic violence shelters or homeless shelters for women being in need of feminine hygiene products. Are open boxes of (packaging intact) tampons something they would actually take from me, or would that just look sketchy? Has anyone actually done this? Maybe I should focus on passing these off to my friends. Or maybe I could set them out next to the vending machines in public bathrooms. I don't want to gross anyone out, but since these have already been manufactured, it seems like a waste for them to sit in my closet when someone could be making use of them.
Meganarwen_17 on June 13th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
It depends on the shelter, so all you can do is call. I had an opened package of pads a women's shelter took when I converted.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on June 14th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
Ok good to know it's not completely unheard of.
Tweekietweekie on June 13th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
You could always leave a bunch in public women's restrooms...darn near anywhere, especially places without tampon machines. Desperate times call for desperate measures...someone will need them and use them.
sunnybeebop on June 13th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
After I switched I gave all of my left over liners and tampons to a friend. lol good way to bring up menstrual cups to them! ;)

"why don't you need these anymore!?"
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on June 14th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
It's funny because normally I would give them to my sister, but she has a cup too that she's starting out using, and I would rather she tries to keep up with that!
pinkydoodler on June 15th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I gave my pads all away to my sisters.

They still won't try cups though. Their eyes went O.O at the sight of one and it was all "You're putting that thing up where?!"
ana.kansassatin on June 14th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
When I switches to a cup I took all my open boxes of pads and tampons to work and put them in the closet in the women's bathroom. I know that may not be an option for all but I worked with an office full of women and when I told them the products were there they were all so happy. So yeah take em to work or leave some in a public restroom or call local shelters to ask what their policy is. Good luck!!! (Ain't cups great!)