we can decrease the waste and increase our health and comfort!
How much is tossed?
An average person tosses over 1,300 lbs of trash in 1 year and uses 5,000-15,000 pads or tampons in a lifetime!!!
How much is bought?
In 2018, 5.8 billion tampons were sold in the US, that is a third of the global total!
Where does it go?
Sanitary items that get flushed end up in the rivers and oceans when sewage systems fail.
How much plastic in a pad???
Did you know there is an equivelant of 4 grocery bags in every pad????
Menstrual and incontinence pads are 80-90% plastic.
Ready for a change?
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How Good are White Pads and Tampons?
- Bleaching produces dioxin and it is found in pads and tampons.
- Endometriosis is linked with exposure to dioxin.
- Traces of pesticides and insecticides have also been found in tampons.
Why the Fragrance?
Do Band-Aids have fragrance? Why not?
Because fresh blood doesn’t smell bad – only when mixed with the chemical cocktail in the pad – hence the need to add fragrance.
Fragrance is the most common contact allergen. There are as many as 3,000 chemicals to make a fragrance, many are carcinogenic and are endocrine disrupting chemicals.
What is in a Pad?
Always pads were tested and found to emit toxic chemicals! “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the State of California Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens, and reproductive and developmental toxins. None of these chemicals are disclosed on the product by the manufacturer.” (Women’s Voices for the Earth)
A Few More Chemicals
If all the above isn’t bad enough, Women’s Voices for the Earth also found styrene and chloroform in Proctor & Gambles pads!!! There is, unfortunately, such a large list that there is no room to list them all!https://www.womensvoices.org/menstrual-care-products/detox-the-box/always-pads-testing-results/
Ditch Disposables and Ditch the Wipes!
You won’t feel you need a chemical and fragrance laden wipe when you use a natural pad. Gynecologists tell us to only use water and a gentle soap away from the vaginal area. We can easily disrupt the pH that keeps the vag healthy.