Ladies, there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to products we use on a monthly basis that end up in landfills and in our oceans. Let’s pause and just think about all those plastic tampon applicators we’ll go through in one year alone. Plastic wreaks havoc on the environment — taking up to 1,000 years to degrade — and it imperils marine life.
In addition, if you’re a tampon girl like I am, let’s think about what we’re putting into our own bodies on a regular basis! If ever there was a product I wanted to be organic, chlorine-free, and dye-free, it’s the tampon I’m using. Organic cotton only, please!
There are a few products to choose from — tampons and pads/liners that are available at Whole Foods and other natural markets:
Organic tampons and pads/liners. Personally, I like the pads with the wings. The tampons are without applicators… not my thing.
- Seventh Generation
Organic cotton tampons and chlorine-free pads/liners. Tampons also without applicators.
Brand launched by Whole Foods. Tampons have an organic cotton core, paperboard (recycle bin!) applicator.
- Glad Rags
Washable pads. A little too earthy for me, but I know some people consider this the best option.
- The Diva Cup
An alternative to the conventional tampon. Reusable cup made from silicone (latex-free) that you can use for up to ten years. I haven’t tried it; but, again, some of you may find the cup is the option that best suits you.
*For other favorite ways to reduce a household’s use of plastic, please check out my previous post: Plastic bags — so passe!