did you see my new blog header?!?
we rode 35+ miles yesterday [i got SUNBURNED!] & took a bunch of great photos.
so, lets talk about our periods!
*disclaimer* just like the vegan sex post, i know that some folks are sensitive about talking about 'private' topics. i ask that you use good manners & stop back tomorrow!
*also note* this topic is a little more 'planet-friendly' than 'go vegan' ; but making smarter choices never hurt anybody, right?!
first ; lets talk about 'traditional, conventional' tampons.
they are made of cotton, right?
cotton that has been sprayed for pesticides, insecticides, soaked in bleach [!] and contain tons of chemicals.
think about this!
in one of the most sensitive areas of your body. all those chemicals!
also, lets talk about waste.
1) the average woman will use 17,000 [!!] tampons in her life.
2) over 74 MILLION women use tampons.
3) the average women will spend $150-200 a YEAR on feminine hygiene products!
4) annnnnnd you know those cute, pink plastic applicators?
you know they dont biodegrade, right?!
[so they just hangout in landfills FOREVER]
okay. how can we make a difference?
[i have a few great options & my own personal picks]
want to continue using pads, pantiliners & tampons?!
here are two great [vegan & eco-friendly] choices.
natracare - compostable, biodegradable & non-toxic! they are ONLY made with sustainable resources.
totally vegan [tested on humans & contain NO animal products] also, there are no 'special' smells or dyes, which means if you have sensitive skin, these are perfect. these are a bit pricey, BUT you are saving the planet, animals, reducing waste & being great to your bod.
seventh generation - might be the most 'recognizable' brand. i have used their panitliners & pads before. they are a bit bulky, but are made WITHOUT chlorine and the 'pad' part of the pad is derived from wheat. their website is super helpful & under each product, there is a 'review' section, so you can see what 'real people' are saying.
their tampons are made with organic cotton [which means there was no spraying or bleach soaking done]
not a fan of tampons or pads? want to reduce ALL feminine product waste & save tons [and tons] of money?
how about the divacup?
what is it?
its a silicone cup that you insert & it 'catches' the blood.
once its full [you really only need to empty it about 2x a day], you dump it out, rinse it & re-insert it.
there is no waste, its easy on your body [no rashes!] & is reusable for YEARS.
[i do recommend a pantiliner with the diva cup for the first few days of your period OR if you are new to using it]
i have used the divacup for about 4 years now & have a) saved TONS of money & b) definitely helped the planet.
about $30 & is good for years and years and years.
my only complaints?
the first few months of using it were a bit confusing & complicated. the insertion can be tricky & if you dont do it correctly, you can leak through.
also, it can be messy.
BUT given those two things ; i would say that i really do advocate for the diva cup.
yesterday i posted about winning a 6 month subscription to good & lovely. each month, they send you a box of goodies to relieve cramps, stress and the overall 'blah' feeling of having your period!
there ya go!
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