5 ways to make your period better for the environment
But it turns out that this blind habit can cause serious damage to the Earth --
And your health.
Use disposable tampon or cotton pad
For the vast majority of Americans who come to menstruation, menstrual hygiene products are reported to use 98% of one or two of these products per month.
General women-and transgender and non-Second-Lunar January menstrual patients-will spend about 2,280 days during menstruation and use more than 11,000 tampon or cotton pads throughout their lives.
However, many people do not know the hazardous ingredients that these products may contain and what happens once they are thrown away.
Manufacturers do not need to disclose the ingredients in tampon and cotton pads as they are considered medical devices by the United StatesS.
But what we know about the composition of these products forces health experts and sustainability advocates to alert.
Most disposable sanitary and cotton pads and their packaging contain non-biodegradable-
And potentially toxic substances.
Plastic and other synthetic materials such as glue (
Most tampon cords are bonded, not woven)
A pack of traditional sanitary napkins can be packed in about four plastic bags.
Most tampons and cotton pads also contain a combination of bleach and non-organic cotton, artificial silk, pulp or these materials.
As we all know, non-organic cotton and artificial silk contain pesticides and herbicides, including the enemy grass dragon, a chemical known as \"possible\" carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Bureau, and dioxin, the World Health Organization linked the toxin to immune system suppression, reproductive problems and cancer.
The FDA has said that the amount of dioxin absorbed by ordinary cotton balls or cotton pad users may be insignificant and will not cause harm. But as Dr.
Philip tilno, director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center, explained to TIME that even trace amounts of dioxin are worrying because, in theory, lifetime exposure may increase the risk of a person getting sick.
Preliminary studies have shown that plastics in menstrual hygiene products may also pose a potential hazard to health.
Given these possible risks, Shradha Shreejaya, a female health activist and sustainable menstrual advocate, said consumers have the right to know what their tampon and pads contain.
\"Tampon and cotton pads are very close to our bodies and sensitive tissues.
Think about how many contacts you have with these products over the years.
The minimum we should ask for is to know the internal situation of these products, \"Shreejaya told HuffPost via Skype in Thailand last week.
From an environmental point of view, the composition of these products is also important because they produce an amazing amount of waste and pollution each year.
It is estimated that more than 100 billion menstrual health products are processed worldwide each year.
In North America alone, there are about 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampon and tampon applicator
They are not recyclable because they are in contact with human waste
Dumped into landfill every year. (
Use this menstrual waste calculator to figure out how much waste you will have in your life. )
Since these items contain non-biodegradable plastics, it will take at least 500 to 800 for each mat and cotton strip to break down.
Common practice in some developing countries
These products release toxic smoke, including carbon dioxide.
Researchers at Stockhall concluded that the plastic back
Sanitary napkins, as well as plastic tampon applicator-both are usually made from low
Density Polyethylene is particularly damaging to the Earth.
Not only will it take centuries for them to break down, but they will also require a lot of fossil fuel to make.
Manufacturing of disposable menstrual hygiene products (
An industry of nearly $6 billion)
According to the United Nations environmental plan, the total carbon footprint of about 15 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions is generated each year.
This is equivalent to burning about 35 million barrels of oil.
According to Nick malors, director of the Marine Conservation Association\'s garbage-free marine program, disposable tampon, mats and applicator are also protecting waterways and harming marine wildlife.
On a day in 2015, the nonprofit collected 938 used tampon and applicator on beaches around the world, malors said.
A recent report by the European Commission concluded that disposable menstrual supplies are the fifth most common waste to wash on the beach.
\"In many parts of the world, the number of these products found near the waterways is amazing,\" said Mallors . \".
You might wonder how mats and tampon appear in large numbers in rivers and seas?
Malors explained that the problem is that many people are flushing tampon and mats in the toilet.
Yes, that\'s right: flushing any of these items is a huge taboono.
The tampon, cotton pad, applicator and other items that flush water will eventually clog the sewer, which may result in an overflow of untreated wastewater.
The waste water will eventually flow to streams, streams and rivers.
Almost half of the menstrual population in the United StatesK.
Said they washed out the tampon.
According to data published in the Journal of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, about 2.
There are 5 million sanitary cotton strips and one.
In the United States, 4 million sanitary napkins and 700,000 underwear were washed off the toilet. K.
\"A good rule of thumb is never to throw things into the toilet\", which is not three Ps (
Paper, poop or urine),Mallos said.
\"This is not a good way to deal with it properly.
Even if the flushing menstrual product \"becomes a waste treatment plant, the material captured there must end somewhere, and unfortunately, the material usually ends near the waterway, said Mallors.
In addition to the huge problem of increasing marine plastic pollution, experts say that menstrual hygiene products that eventually arrive at beaches or waterways, due to the inclusion of body waste, pose an additional threat to spreading possible diseases and pathogens.
Communities living near waterways may be at risk, and marine wildlife that often mistake plastic products for food may also be at risk.
\"Just like in a landfill, if a cotton strip or mat ends up on a waterway, it can be embedded in the bottom of the sea or the river bed, and it won\'t go anywhere for hundreds of years,\" said Shreejaya.
One thing everyone can do immediately is not to flush tampon and mats in the toilet to help with the change.
Here are some other steps you can take to make your period more sustainable (
: Consider using reusable products instead of disposable pads and tampon strips discarded after one use.
The menstrual cup is an increasingly popular product.
Usually for medical use.
Silicone, menstrual cup inserted into the vagina, collect blood during menstruation.
When inserted correctly, the menstrual cup \"is more convenient and comfortable than tampon and can be worn for 12 hours,\" co-
Popular vlog and the founder of the blog \"put the cup\" about the menstrual cup.
\"You can\'t even feel it there.
\"Despite the history of the American menstrual cupS.
Rosas says the product can be traced back at least to 1930 and has not entered mainstream consciousness until recently.
\"We have witnessed great changes compared to a few years ago,\" Rosas said . \".
\"About seven years ago, when I first started using the cup, there was little information about the cup on the Internet, and not many people knew it.
The use of menstrual cups is still low now, but at least more people know that menstrual cups are an option.
Another colleague, Amanda Hearn.
The founder who put a cup in said the most common reaction she heard from the menstrual cup convert was \"I hope I found the cup earlier.
\"Unless people use cups, they don\'t realize how stimulating and dry the tampon is,\" she said . \".
Hearn and Rosas offer advice first
Time cup users conduct research before making a purchase.
Cups come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so having some knowledge of your cervical size can help you find the cup that best suits your body.
There\'s a 9-in a cup-
Question quiz to help the person who comes to menstruation find the right product.
It may also take some habit to insert and remove the Cup.
There is a lot of teaching content on the Internet that can teach novices how to use cups correctly.
But don\'t lose hope if you haven\'t made it perfect for the first time!
\"Give it a chance.
\"This is a brand new product, so it may take some time to figure it out,\" said Hearn . \".
\"Don\'t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
However, the menstrual cup may not end up being the best choice for some people with menstruation.
Those who do not have proper sanitation facilities and those who have certain health conditions may not be able to use the Cup safely and achieve the best results.
Other reusable options include period underwear, which is the same as normal underwear, but if used correctly, it can absorb the flow without leakage.
Reusable pads made of sustainable materials are also an option. A U. K. -based start-
Last year, the world\'s first reusable cotton ball applicator up was released.
Although reusable products are a bigger financial investment compared to disposable menstrual hygiene products, reusable use can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
For example, a typical menstrual cup can be used for up to ten years.
Suppose a cup is about $40, then about 33 cents per cup.
Of course, sometimes you may need to use disposable menstrual hygiene products.
If this happens, choose organic products as much as possible and choose brands that are transparent to the materials they use.
The word \"organic\" does not always fail --
Proof, but if purchased from a trustworthy source, organic sanitary cotton and cotton pads should be purchased from cotton that has not been treated with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Ella Daish, an advocate for sustainable development, launched a viralChange.
Earlier this year, a petition was organized calling on all companies to disable plastic from menstrual hygiene products.
\"The single question --
Daish told charm magazine in July, \"the use of plastic has gained tremendous media attention and it is now more clear than ever that it has had adverse effects on health, wildlife and the environment.
\"These qualities are crucial --
The products produced become plastic
Free, so they do the least damage. . .
While it is appropriate to use plastic in some cases, it is certainly not essential for our products.
So far, more than 106,000 people have signed the petition.
\"By signing a petition, you call on manufacturers to be responsible for the unnecessary plastics they use, while raising awareness about this important issue.
The good news is that by keeping green in your flow, by choosing plastic --
Free alternatives, you can make real changes!
Daish told charm.
Some of the biggest players in the market are clearly looking at the growing consumer demand for more sustainable health products.
Tampax cotton ball pioneer debut-
Menstrual Cup on October
A spokeswoman for the company told HelloGiggles at the time that Tampax\'s launch of the Tampax Cup was intended to \"enter a small and fast --
The market segment for reaching, connecting and pleasing millennials is growing.
\"Since the representative introduced a bill, a bill calling for mandatory disclosure of all ingredients in menstrual hygiene products has been affected in Congress. Grace Meng (D-N. Y. )in 2017.
The Right to Know Act requires menstrual products such as menstrual cups, menstrual pads, tampon and therapeutic vaginal Flushing equipment to list the ingredients on the label.
According to the New York Times, Meng said: \"We want women to know what chemicals are contained in these products, which are in direct contact with our bodies . \".
Sustainability and health experts say consumers and decision makers need to know the ingredients in menstrual products so they can make informed decisions about their personal health, and to solve the broader problem of how to properly dispose of these items.
\"There is a lack of accountability for large manufacturers,\" said Shreejaya . \".
\"They urgently need to disclose their ingredients and be part of the conversation.
The ultimate goal, Shreejaya said, is to ensure that menstruation is more sustainable, more economical, and more equitable for all people around the world who have a menstrual cycle. Plastic-
Free hygiene products are only part of the equation, she said.
\"We need to solve this problem in a comprehensive way,\" said Shreejaya . \".
\"This means that menstruation needs to be considered a major priority for public health.
In many countries, supporting infrastructure such as clean toilets and water supply is lacking.
When it comes to menstrual hygiene, we have no choice unless we are privileged.
\"On a global scale, menstruation prevents girls from going to school, and many people with menstrual cramps cannot afford or obtain safe menstrual hygiene products.
The lingering cultural stigma about menstruation also continues to endanger the health of people with menstrual cramps, and sometimes even their lives.
As the new Republican Party pointed out in May, shame may be one of the reasons for menstruation in the United States. S.
Avoid using reusable products like menstrual cups, which may require users to be more intimate with their traffic.
\"Although about 2 billion people around the world are normal every month, menstruation rarely appears in popular American culture,\" the magazine wrote . \".
\"When it happens, as Lauren rusvaughan shows in her 2012 pop culture books, it is seen as awkward and shameful for both comedy and theatrical purposes
Sometimes it is even a source of evil in the 1976 horror film Carrie.
\"The fact of menstruation seems to shock the president,\" added the New Republic . \" He was referring to Donald Trump\'s infamous 2015 attack on journalist Megan Kelly, who said \"Where is her blood coming from.
\"There is still a lot of shame and shame around this topic,\" said Shreejaya . \".
\"This has to change.
\"The story is part of the plastic waste collection funded by SC Johnson.
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