Sunday, July 20, 2008

ewww you use pads over and over again?

Ok so this will be a lengthy informative blog post on the reasons there are to use reusable menstrual products! I keep getting messages telling me its gross, and it is something I think needs to be talked about.
Let's start out simple...

*Although most women think pads and tampons have been sterilized, they have not. In fact, no feminine hygiene product has been sterilized.

Yep thats right, those cute bleached white little buggers arent even sterile, who knows who has handled them...let alone what the bleaching process leaves behind. Your vagina is ultra sensitive, and ultra prone to absorbing whatever it comes in contact with. Dioxins are a super dangerous...and since there is no regulation stating that tampons need a listing of "ingredients" these things are passed along to us and our beautiful flowers!

*FDA does not require that the ingredients in tampons and pads be listed anywhere in or on the package.

Scary huh? So next time you get done checking to see how many calories are in a Newman O, think about checking tampons and pads to see what are put in those

*Over 12 BILLION pads and tampons are USED ONCE and disposed of annually, adding to environmental pollution.
Well how about I use organic cotton? Well that is much better on your body, but still filling up the landfills at a disgusting rate!


*A March-April 2001 E Magazine article states that, according to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.
Yuck

*There are 85 million women of menstruating age in North America.

There are so many options for those of us who want to try something new.

Reusable Pads...I offer cutesy ones in my etsy shop, or organic hemp fair trade ones for those of you who wanna take it one step further with your tampaction!
http://www.holisticallyheather.etsy.com


They are really soft, and coming from someone who used to use throw away pads, they are much more comfy, I barely notice them!




So you dont like pads? They arent comfortable for you and you want something more tampon like?
check out the diva cup.......http://www.divacup.com/


I also have a diva cup, which I use during the day when I am menstruating. It is very comfortable and I barely notice it! It is perfect for those of you who like tampons! When I get ready for bed I clean my cup and use a reusable pad for while I am sleeping...it is the perfect combination for me...What is right for you?

There is one more product that I have tried, which it was pretty comfortable but didnt last as long as the diva cup and the pads
its the sea sponge
http://www.seapearls.co.uk/
It is also not vegan, and therefore I wouldnt consider it a sustainable choice. Also harder to clean and keep clean!

I have a lot of resources I would be more than happy to share with you, and I am currently working on a zine about tampons and sustainable alternatives that I will be selling on my etsy site in no time!
Thanks for reading, and feel free to ask me any questions!

20 comments:

w said...

that was indeed informative. thank you!

HolisticallyHeather said...

you are welcome "w"
let me know if you have any questions!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I'm already hooked, but thanks for sharing, you;re a great help-I get tired of dispelling vagina myths when i could be out veganizing the planet! Peace.

GwynnsGifts said...

That was a very thought provoking article. I feel so much more informed. thank you

HolisticallyHeather said...

check out the giveaway if you get a chance!

Vegan Mama said...

I"m a big fan of the DivaCup and reusables. . . .It's awesome of you to spread the word. Every little bit helps our Mother Earth. (Not to mention the pocket book)

HolisticallyHeather said...

everyone come enter!

Vegan Mama said...

do I understand this right? I enter here?
I love the betty boop top, but I have nothing "here" to hold it up, so. . .
here is the link that I chose (being practical) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12532255

HolisticallyHeather said...

vegan mama you enter in the other post, and the link you posted doesnt work!

Vegan Mama said...

Oh poo. . .

I'll get right one of these times :0)

Ivy Plum said...

You know, I thought it was gross until I tried it. It's totally not, and such the right thing to do.

HolisticallyHeather said...

iveplum, enter to win a hemp pad!!!

LovePeaceandDye said...

You RAWK !!!! i love my reusable pads, started making them for myself and have some in the shop too!!! but my girl has scent allergies, and cant use maxis or tampons, even unscented ones !!! What a great alternative right ???
so i will have to custom order her some plus size ones, if you can :)
peace and Thank you!~

Angie said...

hope this makes more women think about how their decisions impact upon our environment.

AileenFairycat's Costume Closet said...

I have been debating this switch for a long time. Cause even though I NEVER use applicator tampons, I still know the bleaching process is terrible.

I think next cycle I might need to go get myself a Diva Cup or try some of your fancy pads.

Thanks for the great post!

HolisticallyHeather said...

lovepeaceanddye
i do make plus sized reusable pads
i recently did an order of about 12 of them! please stop by my shop and check them out!
http://www.holisticallyheather.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

I think the big question everyone has is... how do you clean the pads to prepare them for reuse?

Bandit said...

That's my question for sure. What's the best way to clean these? I use all-natural detergent, so it doesn't do so well with tough stains.

It's All In The Blog said...

very easy to clean, i rinse mine after use and throw them in a bucket of cold water, and vinegar under my bathroom sink, when my menses are through i throw all of the pads right in the wash

The Tiny Homestead said...

one day I hope more people will think throwing away (or flushing) menstrual products is WAY more gross than reusing cute cloth pads.

I use my diva cup 90% of the time, but on my heavy days I like wearing a cloth liner for extra protection.