Earth Day 2023- Plastics in disposable menstrual and incontinence products
Did you know that plastic can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose? If you've ever used a disposable panty liner or pad, you know the wrapper is made of plastic but did you know that 90% of a pad is made up of plastic (WHOA!). Most tampons also have polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) applicators. When you stop to do the math (number of menstruators x number of days x number of months x number of years), you quickly realize that's A LOT of plastic ending up in landfills!
Did you know?
🌱Flushing pads and tampons down the toilet cause sewer blockages. Worse, many pads and tampons end up in the sea and washed up on the beaches.
🌱A package of disposable pads can contain the equivalent of about four plastic bags.
🌱In North America alone, about 20 billion disposable pads, tampons, and tampon applicators are dumped into landfills yearly.
Consider experimenting with reusable products.
🌎Cloth Sanitary Napkins- An easy and low-cost way to experiment with reusables is substituting a cloth pad as your daily panty liner, period pad or bladder leak pad. Check out Femdacity Cloth Pads.
🌎Leak Proof Panties- Because every period or bladder leak is different, it's best to first experiment with a leak proof panties at home perhaps as overnight protection. Once comfortable, the period panty can be worn as either a back-up to a tampon or menstrual cup. Check out the Femdacity Leak Proof Panty.
🌎Menstrual Cup- For menstruators, menstrual cups can give you a break from tampons. For new users, cups could be tricky. It's best to experiment with insertion and removal in the shower. Until you get comfortable with wearing menstrual cups, it's recommended to wear them using a disposable or reusable pad. Check out Femdacity Menstrual Cups