Why Reuse?

SUSTAINABLE CHOICES DOWN UNDER

The choices we make about menstrual products affect us financially, physically and the impact we have on our planet.

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Economic Choice

It is estimated that a woman in our culture has around 450 cycles in her lifetime. So if during her period, a woman were to use:

  • five disposable products a day
  • for five days

This equates to over 300 disposable pads or tampons a year and over 11,000 in her lifetime. If these packs of disposables cost about $4 AUD each, in one year she will spend an average of $100, or $3650 in a lifetime, on products which get thrown away.

These are conservative numbers, as many women can use more than five disposable products a day during their periods, as well as using panty liners daily.

Week Cycle of Disposables

PER YEAR

300+
$100+

IN A LIFETIME

11,000+
$3,650+

With proper care, a menstrual cup and cloth pads will last many years and save hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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Healthy Choice

A woman’s vulva and vaginal tissue are incredibly sensitive body parts.

Conventional pads contain a combination of plastic based materials such as polythene, polypropylene and superabsorbent polymer gel (SAP), surfactants, adhesives and chlorine-bleached wood pulp, as well as artificial fragrances.

Tampons are commonly made from chlorine bleached, highly absorbent rayon or a combination of conventionally grown cotton and rayon. The bleaching process produces an unwanted by-product called dioxin – a substance linked to cancer, endometriosis, low sperm counts and immune system suppression. The process of tampons soaking up menstrual blood also has the unwanted effect of drying out the vagina, disturbing the natural state of self-maintaining fluid that keeps it healthy.

All of these questionable things are rubbing against this sensitive area, and being inserted internally repeatedly for multiple days at a time, every four weeks, or even daily with panty liners. These substances introduce foreign particles and chemicals, disrupting the natural balance of the vagina and surrounds, potentially causing unknown and unnecessary harm.

Cloth pads are made from fabric that does not contain plastic based materials, superabsorbent polymer gel or other avoidable substances. Pads made with organic cotton even go a step further to reduce chemical usage.

Menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone, which is odourless, non-drying, and safe for internal use for up to 12 hours.

DISPOSABLES

Plastic based materials

Superabsorbent polymer gel

Chlorine bleached

Bleaching produces dioxin

Highly absorbent

Drying to natural moisture

REUSABLES

No plastics or absorbent gels

No fragrances

Reduction of chemical use

Safe and reliable

Odourless

Non-drying

Switching to reusable menstrual products diminishes uncertain chemical use on your skin and inside your body.

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Environmental Choice

Those 11,000+ disposable products a woman can go through in her lifetime have to go somewhere. Unfortunately, for the majority of people, once rubbish is out of sight, it’s out of mind. The reality is that is an enormous amount of waste from just one person to end up in landfill and even worse, our waterways.

In addition, there’s the manufacturing, packaging and shipping processes of all those products to consider. Typical disposable pads are primarily made from plastic and wood pulp that has been bleached white, while tampons are made from non-organic cotton and rayon sprayed with chemical pesticides and then bleached. All these components are largely non-biodegradable, presenting huge waste management challenges around the world. A single pad is estimated to take roughly 500-800 years to decompose! Whilst incineration methods release harmful environmental toxins.

Those 11,000+ disposable products a woman can go through in her lifetime have to go somewhere. Unfortunately, for the majority of people, once rubbish is out of sight, it’s out of mind. The reality is that is an enormous amount of waste from just one person to end up in landfill and even worse, our waterways.

In addition, there’s the manufacturing, packaging and shipping processes of all those products to consider. Typical disposable pads are primarily made from plastic and wood pulp that has been bleached white, while tampons are made from non-organic cotton and rayon sprayed with chemical pesticides and then bleached. All these components are largely non-biodegradable, presenting huge waste management challenges around the world. A single pad is estimated to take roughly 500-800 years to decompose! Whilst incineration methods release harmful environmental toxins.

The huge reduction of waste you can make when switching to reusables is astounding.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING

Environmenstrual (Women’s Environmental Network) – http://www.wen.org.uk/environmenstrual/
Convenience at what cost? (Eco Femme)https://ecofemme.org/convenience-at-what-cost/
Lets talk about it! (Eco Femme) – https://ecofemme.org/lets-talk-about-it/
Seeing Red: Sanitary Protection & The Environment (Women’s Environmental Network)http://static1.squarespace.com/static/559d276fe4b0a65ec3938057/t/560d0280e4b079cb072e979e/1443693184604/environmenstrualweb14.pdf

MAKE THE SWITCH

Start Reusing Today

Reusable products are better for your body, your wallet and the planet. If you’d like to start using healthier, eco-friendly menstrual products, see our shop page for a great range of options.