Are you still throwing your used tampons down the toilet?
Worse yet, are you still sticking a chemically-fragranced plastic applicator inside your body, and leaving bleached cotton inside your most private areas for the next 6 -7 hours?
Let me ask one more question.
What are you thinking?
I can ask this question because you are here.
If you are here, it means you think.
It means you think before you eat. You think before you feed your kids. You think before you buy products at the store. You read labels. You read blogs. You care.
So I am asking you to think more about what you’re doing every month… for 3 – 7 days….multiple times a day… every time you get your period. Once a month for an average of 30 years.
I’m asking you to think before you put something foreign inside your vagina. I’m asking you to think before you flush something down the toilet.
Now that I have your attention, I’d like to make a request.
Change your pattern a bit.
Maybe it’s too soon to ask you to buy the Diva Cup; to become more familiar with your body because when you use a menstrual cup you have to put your fingers in your vagina a few times. You have to wash the thing out you’re done, which means touching your own bodily fluids. Ick. (Do you hear the sarcasm in my virtual voice?)
And maybe it’s too soon to ask you to stop spending $8/package on pads that you use for an hour or two, and then throw into the trash for a bird to enjoy in a landfill. Okay, maybe you have so much laundry to wash as it is, that you can’t be bothered to add 5 – 10 reusable Glad Rags or Willow Pads into the load. Or, maybe you’re afraid your husband will see the blood on the fabric and pass out when he finally understands what it means to menstruate. Or maybe you just don’t have a credit card or can’t be bothered to buy products online.
But, please, at the very, very least. Stop flushing your bloody tampons down the toilet. It’s bad enough that you are adding so much waste and chemicals to our environment by using disposable pads which can only sit for years in landfills until they get eaten by birds and owls, and it’s bad enough to be supporting an industry that thinks it’s okay to put cancer-causing materials in our vaginas.
But can you at least keep that toxic waste out of our water system please?
Can you start there?