I have never really thought about using eco / reusable sanitary products in the past as they are not really advertised or given optimal merch positions in store. More and more people are turning to reusable nappies, so why are we not doing the same with our sanitary products?
I was shocked to find the amount of landfill space that is taken up by sanitary products alone, the average woman throws away 125 to 150kg of tampons, pads and applicators in her lifetime in the UK alone, the use of tampons, pads and applicators generates more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year!!!!!
With the widespread campaigns for ‘reuse,reduce,recycle’ surely we could all do a bit more by buying eco sanitary products. To be honest I find the thought of reusing and washing my own sanitary products rather than just throwing them away VERY off-putting. In all honesty when the council delivered our various recycling bins years ago, the idea of cleaning out all my used tins and bottles and sorting the household waste was quite off putting also, but now it is second nature and I do it without even thing about it! So surely it would be the same with practice?
The initial outlay of buying these products may seem a little high at first (around £20.00), but if you combine the cost of a couple of months sanitary products you have met the cost! So I see it as a win win situation.
I would imagine that the change to reusables would be difficult for some of the squeamish at first, but lets be honest, we’ve probably all dealt with worse sights out of nappies. Whilst we are in the mindset of reducing our waste and recycling when possible we could have a great impact on this by reducing our sanitary waste. I also started to wonder how people managed in the past and in poorer countries where disposable products were/are not available? If they can manage then why can’t we?
The only problem now is I have no idea where to start or what products are the best to go for. Any tips?