Reusable Period Products are Affordable (and Better for the Planet)
Periods happen. They are a natural part of life. But sadly, thanks to society, myths, and some humans’ tendency to feel squeamish when they see blood, some men and women get real weird with any period talk.
This aversion to period talk isn’t good for anyone; especially women and girls who could benefit from freely talking about periods and period products.
One group of women who could greatly benefit from talking about periods freely are those who live in a low-income family.
Changing the period talk
Treehugger reports that although sex education classes explain menstruation to students, the courses don’t cover newer, more sustainable and affordable products.
“Currently, the menstrual education given to young girls in schools (and even at home, if mothers are not familiar with reusables) is heavy on the traditional, disposable products,” reports Treehugger. “Girls are given samples and taught to look for products made by big companies like Always or Tampax—and we know how susceptible young people are to brand recognition.”
The above brands aren’t reusable and add to pollution. “These items end up on beaches because they are flushed down the toilet,” Treehugger adds. Also, conventional menstrual products contain a lot of plastic… “the equivalent of four plastic shopping bags per pad and non-biodegradable tampon applicators, which means that traces of each item could linger on Earth for 500 years or more.”
In addition to being wasteful, having to buy tampons and pads every month can be quite expensive.
Break the taboo, save some cash (and the Earth)
Thankfully, organizations, such as UK-based No More Taboo, are educating young women, specifically in developing countries, about sustainable period product alternatives.
No More Taboo currently sells sustainable products, such as reusable menstrual pads, and menstrual cups. The money made from these sales help the organization provide consultancy services. These services help teach people about reusable sanitary products, and “period poverty”.
If you’re considering getting a few sustainable period products, look into the following:
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