Ever wondered what are your sanitary napkin or tampon made of? One is estimated to contain about 90% plastic. According to a study by Natracare and the Marine Conservation Society, a package of sanitary napkins is roughly equivalent to four plastic bags. Tampons contain about 6% plastic but this figure varies. Although mainly cotton, their cords are often made of polyester and polypropylene. Additionally, plastic is found in the applicator, which is usually included in most tampon products.
In 2013, the discreet packaging projects hit their heights when Kotex introduced a buffer with a “softer, quieter wrapper to help keep it secret,” designed for silent unwrapping. And the disposal? There are plastics to help with that part of the process, too. In some public restrooms, small packages of scented plastic baggies sit on bathroom stall walls, ready to enclose and disinfect used sanitary products on their short path from stall to the trash bin.
👎🏽A woman is estimated to buy between 5,000 to 15,000 sanitary napkins or tampons during her lifetime. Most of this waste ends up in landfills and often in the sea and beaches. You’ve probably seen sanitary napkins floating about, right? 😖
👎🏽Feminine hygiene products are the fifth most common type of waste found on Europe’s beaches, according to the commission’s Environmental Impact Study, placing them higher than disposable coffee cups and plastic straws.
👎🏽Over 20,000 tampons, plastic applicators and sanitary napkins have been collected by the Marine Conservation Society beach cleaners over the past decade.
👎🏽Around 700,000 sanitary napkins, 2.5 million tampons, and 1.4 million sanitary napkins are thrown into the toilet every day, according to research by Journal of the Institution of Environmental Sciences
👎🏽A sanitary napkin can take up to 500 years to decompose.
“Nine out of the ten women who made the change did not return to conventional hygiene products.”
Hey, you don’t have to worry that much! In recent years plastic-free feminine-hygiene products such as period cups, reusable organic cotton napkins, and underwear that you can wear and use over and over again are gaining ground!
Give yourself a chance, try these products and make a positive impact on yourself and the environment!
Be freep!..and we’ll see you again soon!