27 April 2018

How to Eliminate Waste and Lower the Cost of Your Period

I received an email after my last #wastefreeliving post saying I was missing THE DIVA CUP from my post. But, I wasn't missing it. I was saving it for an upcoming post I have been working on about waste-free, heathy and economical feminine hygiene products.

In previous posts I have discussed organic tampons and their benefits. But what if I told you I have 2 solutions that are better for you, better for the earth AND better for your wallet? Whether you are a "pad" or a "tampon" girl, you have two new options for reusable female hygiene products.
The Hannah Pad
The Hannah Pad is a washable pad made of organic, breathable cotton. It is unbleached and undyed, containing no harmful chemicals. Since the sensitive skin "down there" is very thin thus easily absorbs toxins into the bloodstream, it's important to avoid using anything treated with chemicals such as conventional pads and tampons.

What's more, is the fact that the average woman disposes of 16,000 pads and tampons in their lifetime, and my concern includes the plastic wrap and applicators. If you are using organic tampons most of them are compostable (I keep a compost bag in all of my washrooms now), but average brands such as Kotex and Tampax are not organic and often include plastic applicators which end up in landfills. The Hannah Pad is made of organic cotton and should last for years, however when they are at the end of their life, they are entirely compostable!

If you are thinking about trying the Hannah Pads, I highly recommend the Hannah Pad Starter Set which includes 2 small, 3 medium and 2 overnight pads as well as a storage box. If you sign up for their newsletter you can save $10 off your first order!

If you aren't accustomed to wearing pads and would rather use tampons, another option for less waste is a period cup. Many people are aware of the Diva Cup which is sold widely across Canada in drugstores. But today I want to talk about the Dot Cup.
Dot Cup
The Dot Cup is a period cup which is inserted into your bits for up to 12-hours and can hold up to 28oz of liquid. It is reusable, made of 100% silicone, and can be emptied into the toilet for convenience. It also comes with a cute carrying case for when it is not in use.

Why I like it? Silicone is long lasting, non-irritating and does not usually cause allergic reactions. The Dot Cup is non-toxic and eliminates the need for pads and tampons which end up in landfills and can cost a lot. The best part is, you can feel good knowing that with your purchase of a Dot Cup you are giving one to another girl in need. Many girls around the world miss school or work during their period as they do not have access to feminine hygiene products. Feel good knowing you are helping another girl out during menstruation so she can continue to work or go to school with no interruption.

The Dot Cup costs $32 (USD) and is a small investment towards a waste-free when you consider how much it costs every month to buy tampons, especially organic!

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