How to use a Menstrual Cup
We need to talk about menstrual products. Did you know the average Australia woman uses around 10,000 - 12,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime?
Have you ever wondered what impact disposable menstrual products have on the environment? In a nutshell, tampons are made from cotton or synthetic material, usually a combination of both. In Australia, manufacturers are not legally required to disclose what their tampons are made of. So, typically you won’t see materials listed on the packaging. They also come in plastic wrapping, and 30 million are sold each year!
Pads are also a very popular option. Australian women buy around 500 million a year, and like tampons, manufacturers don't need to tell you what is in their products. Pads are typically made of cotton, plastics and other synthetic materials.
These 2 disposable products alone have a big impact on landfill, every pad takes around 500-800 years to biodegrade! Aside from landfill, there are issues of production. Cotton growing requires pesticides, which can pollute waterways. Flushing tampons, their wrapper and applicators can cause pipes to block and sewage systems to flood. Sydney Water has to remove hundreds of TONNES of non-biodegradable products from their network each year! That's just Sydney, it's an issue that's happening right now, across Australia and globally!!
To be proactive about this situation, why not make a change and switch to a menstrual cup, or you might want to try reusable, washable pads. A menstrual cup can do the job of thousands of disposable products, which is far less harmful to the environment than tampons and pads.
If you wish to reconsider your use of disposable menstrual products, but don't know where to start, watch this short video from Lunette, it's so much easier than you think. Plus you only have to buy one or two, not only saving the planet but saving money as well!