Four of the women who work in TEOR/éTica have decided to stop using sanitary napkins and tampons. Starting in September, we are switching to the menstrual cup.

Why?

Each tampon or sanitary napkin takes to disintegrate between 500 and 800 years. Each woman uses and discards between 10,000 and 16,000 tampons or pads in her life. The menstrual cup is made from surgical silicone, it is reusable and can be used for up to 10 years (depending on care lasts 5-10 years). In addition, the initial investment is approximately 15,000 colones (US $30), which is relatively inexpensive when you think it can be reused up to 10 years.

Benefits for each of us:

– Many of the materials sanitary napkins and tampons are made of cause infections and irritation to the skin. For example, components used for bleaching cotton and fibers, are toxic and can cause cancer.

– Tampons absorb the natural flow of the vagina, causing dry walls. It also upsets the natural flora, which predisposes to vaginal infections and toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

Benefits for the planet:

– Each tampon or sanitary napkin takes to disintegrate between 500 and 800 years.

– Each woman uses and discards between 10,000 and 16,000 tampons or pads in her life, on average.

– Multiplied by the world’s women population it’s easy to see the impact on the environment, due to the usual habit of wear-discard.

– It is also important to consider the required industry to manufacture these plastic products: the use of chemicals, energy and other resources, in addition to wastes that are left in the environment.

Source: http://www.mamanatural.com.mx/2012/11/alternativas-ecologicas-a-los-tampones-y-toallas-femeninas-hechas-de-plastico-y-no-degradables/

Original post in spanish can be read HERE