Tampon Taboo and Flushing

Ladies, listen up!

Now before I get into this topic I want to tell the people who might be cringing a little bit (yes I know some of you will be), that I know that the discussion of menstruation is a bit on the taboo and unmentioned side. BUT let’s put that aside for a few moments as I highlight why menstruation has such a big impact concerning the environment.The menstruation process and it’s associated products are let’s say treated with a weird extent of secrecy. But, the fact is…

It is a big issue.

Products are expensive, can have bad effects on health and do produce a lot of waste. Yet, when it comes to highlighting environmental issues, it is kind of ignored. Pretending it doesn’t happen or doesn’t have an environmental effect is a problem in itself.

The Quick Facts:

– The Mooncup website states: ‘In the UK alone, 4.3 billion disposable sanitary products are used every year.

-The Chic Ecologist blog says: A typical woman can use anywhere between 8,000 to 17,000 tampons in her lifetime.’

 

Each of those tampons and pads used has an environmental impact: From the waste of the product itself, the packaging, plastic or cardboard applicators. There is even the problem of the less obvious costs of transportation and production.

 

The big problem…

Well, it is in-fact the plastic applicators that are a problem environmentally and for our oceans.

As mentioned in previous posts, plastic is a big problem when considering our ocean and marine life. In simple terms, tampon applicators can take 25 years to break down and once they are broken down in most cases they are likely to be ingested by marine animals. This produces a number of problems from digestion blockage to death.

All I’m going to say is…

Do NOT flush the plastic applicators!!

It says right there on the packet NOT to flush them…

SO PLEASE DON’T BE THAT PERSON!!! 

There are some alternatives, so if you have a look around you could find some biodegradable, eco-friendly or re-useable substitutes.

I’ve visited many beaches and have seen so many plastic applicators just lying there. So I do my bit and pick them up, as the consequences of the plastic remaining in the sea can be devastating.

Be careful what you flush!!!

Let’s preserve our oceans, keep marine life safe and keep ourselves healthy.

‘Be part of the changes you wish to see.’

Amy x

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