The current economic situation has forced many individuals to look over their finances and determine what is important. Rent, phone, car insurance, and food are probably on most people’s priorities list. When financial stress occurs staying green might be seen as unnecessary. Giving up some conveniences can help reduce monthly expenses while also helping one stay green.
Woman have a great opportunity in helping to save the environment by greening their menstrual cycles. In North America over 20 billion pads are discarded each year. By switching to cloth pads or menstrual cups that number can be greatly reduced.
Cloth pads can be purchased online and can be pricey depending on which company the consumer purchases their cloth pads. Party in my Pants or New Moon Pads are some examples. Pads can be sewed at home for a fraction of the cost.
Instruction and patterns can be located online. One can also watch tutorials on how to make your own cloth pads. Buying or creating your own pads will save money because one will no longer need to purchase supplies every month. Gas might also be saved because trips to buy only pads will no longer be necessary.
Menstrual cups can be used as an alternative to cloth pads. The reusable cups are quite pricey but the product last for two years. Most menstrual cups, such as The Diva Cup or The Keeper, sell for between $30 and $40. The product can be purchased online or at some organic stores. The cups only need to be changed twice a day for the average woman and the cups provide less maintenance than the cloth pads. Cloth pads must be hand washed or cleaned in a washer.
Switching from convenient disposable pads to reusable cloths or menstrual cups will not only reduce the amount of waste entering landfills, it will also save money in the long run.