One area of going green often gets overlooked is feminine care, so men, you can skip over this post. Better yet, forward it to your wife, or girlfriend. There are ways to avoid exposing that area to dangerous dioxins caused by the bleaching of conventional tampons and other women's products.
One way to avoid these problems is to buy organic and products. You will greatly reduce your exposure to chemicals while still using very similar products. They work extremely well, and there is no change in quality or absorbancy. I notice that these products are not as irritating to the skin in my case.
An alternative to the conventional tampons and pads is the menstrual cup. Menstrual cups are a soft silicone container that can be inserted and left in place for up to twelve hours. They are inexpensive, and they are reusable, so there is no waste, and you actually save money on tampons. I find them easy to use and more convenient than tampons. Like using a tampon for the first time, however, they do take a bit of practice to insert. There are many videos on Youtube that give instructions. An added benefit of this product is that there is NO risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome because the bacteria that causes it grows only in absorbent material like cotton and rayon. There are two sizes: Diva Cup Model 1 Pre-Childbirth, and DivaCup Model 2 Post-Childbirth.
Finally, there is another way to go greener during your period, and for those of you who use cloth diapers, it may come as no surprise: Cloth Pads. I have not tried these yet, but I intend to at some point during my journey of becoming more eco-conscious.
I haven't decided if I will buy these ones or if I will make my own. One of the books I already own, Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures has a pattern.
Whatever your choice may be for making that time of the month as relaxed as possible, there is a way to do right by your body and the planet in each of these choices!
Tags: woman, period, menstrual, cup, cycle, natural, organic, Diva Cup