PERIODS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ARE PERIOD PRODUCTS REALLY A HAZARD?
Quite frankly, YES they are.
We've all heard the #bantheplastic talk going round and let's face it, climate change and environmental issues are REAL but, have you thought about what that means with regards to your period?
When we were doing our primary research, a lot of women were really conscious about products they put ON THEIR SKIN or THE FOOD THEY EAT but didn't even think about toxicity when it came to their vaginas!
If you use tampons with applicators during your period life (which is about 40 years) you'll use around 11,000 tampons. That means 11,000 tampon applicators, 11,000 tampons packaging which means a whopping 33,000 bits of stuff goes into the oceans and landfills. Sadly none of these things can be recycled and can take 500 years to decompose. It’s said that globally around 100 BILLION sanitary products get thrown away each year. EACH YEAR! Isn’t that insane. And all of these products, year after year, are still around. Being washed up on our beaches, being eaten by animals and worse.
Yes of course there are bits of menstrual products that are biodegradable/recyclable - it stands at around 5%! But landfills and oceans are chocka-block with our sanitary towels, tampon applicators and wrappers. Did you know in one sanitary pad there's almost the equivalent amount of plastic that's in 4 plastic bags! That is INSANE!!!
SO, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? FIRSTLY - DON'T BE THROWING ANY SANITARY PRODUCTS DOWN THE TOILET. THIS IS A NO-NO LADIES, SERIOUSLY.
Secondly what ways can you make your period more environmentally sustainable? If you use pads, have you considered using re-usable pads that you wash or biodegradable and organic cotton? Or if you use tampons with applicators, have you thought about using tampons without applicators? Or even just 100% organic cotton tampons. Or would you try a menstrual cup? Our founder Jette uses a mix of menstrual cup and non applicator tampons....it's all about what works for you!
AT ILO OUR TAMPONS ARE MADE FROM 100% ORGANIC COTTON WHICH MEANS THEY’RE ALSO 100% BIODEGRADABLE SO, NO NASTIES FOR YOUR BODY AND NO NASTIES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. WIN WIN.
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