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Saving the environment one tampon at a time

The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup
The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup
Photo by Jacqueline Trier

More women than ever are choosing to reduce their carbon footprint by using alternative feminine hygiene products.

Both pad users and tampon users now have alternative options that don’t end up in a landfill.

Carbonfund.org Foundation, a non-profit foundation to reduce climate change said, “(It can be) easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low-carbon future,” with education, projects, and group outreach.

The switch to alternative feminine hygiene products is economical, and it is currently in fashion in some women’s groups.

Here are some alternatives to tampons:

The Moon Cup

The Moon Cup is a menstrual cup that collects your output the same way a tampon does, but it is reusable. If you are worried about the quantity of your output, you can also measure your output with this cup. That way you can report your output directly to your doctor if you have concerns.
The cup only needs to be emptied every 12 hours, so you can empty it and clean it in the shower and one other time during the day.
This product has won many awards for the fact that it is reusable. Women who use this product never have to run to the store for tampons again, and women in African who don’t live close to a store and can’t easily afford any hygiene products can use this product.
The Moon Cup even won the title “Best Eco Product” from Healthy Living in November 2011. It also won the title “Responsible Business” from Brighton and Hove in October 2009. It won the “Best Buy” status from Ethical Consumer Magazine, and “Top Sanitary Product” from The Good Shopping Guide. It won the “Best Environmentally Friendly Product” title in 2004 from The Vegan Society. The Natural Trade Show voted The Moon Cup “Best New Product” in 2003, and the awards go on.
Retails for $24.99 to $39.99

The Diva Cup

The Diva Cup is another menstrual cup made of silicon that collects your output. As it is worn internally, it doesn’t have the potential to create an odor like tampons that let air inside of you do. Also, it is never painful or difficult to remove like a dry tampon can be.
The Diva Cup can be worn when you sleep and also only needs to be washed twice a day. Thus, if it isn’t the right time to clean it, (like at work), you don’t have to.
The Diva Cup has also won awards. It was voted “Best Women’s Product” by Alive Awards, a Canadian retailers association. It won the Silver Medal from Consumers Choice for being the best personal care and beauty product. It also made it into the top ten for the People’s Choice Award for Green Businesses, awarded by Green America.
Retails for $24.49 to $39.99

Here are some alternatives to pads:

Cloth Pads
Since cloth pads have been around since before disposable pads, there are many options for cloth pads. Cloth pads can be saved and used over and over like trifold cloth baby diapers.
Cloth pads can be washed with your regular laundry, as period blood is no different than a nose bleed.

Party in my Pants

Party in my Pants is a cloth pad company that makes fashionable pads in all shapes and colors. They make pads to fit all types of underwear. They make different thicknesses and lengths as well. If you like flowers, butterflies, or owls on your underwear, you can get pads in those prints as well. The pads stay in place with a snap. That same snap keeps the pads in a tight ball when you don’t want anyone to see what they are in your purse.
CEOs Luci and Lydia Daum repurposed a 19th century school house called Wilmarth in Paris, France to keep with the trend of saving the environment.
“Wilmarth, like the other old schools, was going to be torn down,” said Luci in an interview with DesignSponge.com. “In the end they sold it to us for next to nothing.”
Retails for $9.99 to $18.99 each

Luna Pads

Luna Pads sell their kits seven pads at a time with stash bags, to keep the dirty pads in, and special stain removing wash.
Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens run Luna Pads, and have added special absorbent panties to the mix, and these aren’t the feminine napkin belts of your mother’s time. These are cute, absorbent underwear that ca be washed and worn again.
Retails for $5.99 to $16.99 each

Sckoon Pads

Sckoon, a company that sells mostly baby clothing, also sells feminine pads in several different shapes. Sckoon’s claim to fame is that all of their environmentally saving products are made from chemical free organic cotton.
The Sckoon website reads, “On average, a woman spends $7.50 per month on disposable pads, which can quickly add up. That is around $90 dollars per year. Multiply that by the six years that Sckoon Organic Cotton Pads can last and you are (up) $540.”
Sckoon Organics has been featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Body + Soul Magazine, Body Magazine, Mothering Magazine, Organic Style Magazine, Verdant Magazine, and more. Sckoon has also been featured in Korean and Japanese magazines.
Retails for about $10.99 to $16.99 each