Seven Ways to Green That Time of the Month
3: Flushable Biodegradable Pads
With the push on for alternatives in feminine hygiene, it is predictable that someone would seize on the idea of Flushable Menstrual Pads. The manufacturer of these biodegradable pads, Flushaway, claims that the pads begin disintegrating in the swirling eddies of the flush and completely degrade within 71 days. It sounds promising. Feedback from anyone with experience in how the Flushaway performs in plumbing or downstream in wastewater treatment plants is welcome: let us know in the comments below.
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4: Reusable Tampons
Sometimes called "reusable tampons", several brands offer sea sponges as an alternative to tampons. It is not clear if these can be legally marketed in the US due to FDA restrictions, but they are available under several brand names in other parts of the world. A sea sponge can be reused for between three months and three years, with proper care. The best review of the sea sponge reusable tampon we found includes a description of personal testing of the sponge as well as detailed lists of the benefits and disadvantages. It may be time to give this old idea a new look. Find sea sponges sold for the purpose at:
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5: Do-it-yourself Reusable Menstrual Pads
Join the hand-made revolution and embrace the individuality of womanhood with funky, fun fabrics with make-it-yourself menstrual pads. This article offers links to several sites with instructables on how to make a do-it-yourself reusable menstrual pad.
6: Purchase Reusable Menstrual Pads
Reusable pads have been gaining in popularity and availability in recent years. They benefit from the technological developments in disposables by borrowing the concept of wings that wrap around and stabilize the pad in place while preventing overflow. Options in reusable pads include:
- Lunapads, Canada, North America
- Sckoon, US - New York
- GladRags, US - Oregon
- Sorella Luna, from the US - Vermont Diaper Company
- Goddess Moons, Canada
- Momiji Natural, Asia
- Pleasure Puss, Australia
- Moon Pads, Australia
7: Menstrual Cup
This is the ultimate in green bleeding. Simply insert, go about your business, remove and wash. This product has rave reviews from many who use it. It works great in combination with a reusable cloth pad as well. For more on the menstrual cup, see:
* The bill, intended to protect women's health by researching tampon safety themes such as the risks of dioxin, has not yet been enacted into law.