Eco guide to sanitary products
This column nearly didn’t happen. When a manufacturer of eco friendly menstrual pads bounded up to me and asked me brightly in public: “Are you a flusher or a binner?” I stared at her in total horror.
Menstrual products and their disposal represent one of the last great consumer taboos — odd in a society which cheerfully discusses the vajazzle. It’s a taboo that powers a huge environmental issue. In their 2016 beach clean-up, the Marine Conservation Society found 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 meters of shoreline, The Guardian reported.
But City to Sea, the campaign group based in Bristol dedicated to ridding the ocean of plastic, has no qualms about going there. Their upbeat and to-the-point videos are social media sensations. Plastic Free Periods! points out that some sanitary pads contain up to four plastic bags worth of plastic. Nobody would flush plastic bags down the loo, so why feminine care products?
Martha Silcott noted that binning was often fraught with embarrassment so launched Fablittlebag to prevent tampons being flushed in the first place. The bag is opaque, can be opened with one hand, seals closed and is biodegradable.
Compare this brilliantly disruptive product with the backwards move from mass market brands who have recently instigated a switch from using cardboard applicators for tampons to plastic ones in pastel shades. These now litter coastlines everywhere.
Quite why femcare brands think they can get away with this is not clear. Why not avoid them altogther and embrace the rise of the reusables? This has been spearhead by Mooncup, a reusable menstrual cup that has gained a serious fanbase. Fortunately they’re happy to shout about it, too.
* Lucy Siegle is a British journalist and writer on environmental issues.
120 kilometers per hour — once stalked habitats from the eastern reaches of India to the Atlantic coast of Senegal.
Their numbers have stabilized critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, mostly due to past hunting.
Hooman Jokar, who heads the
It set up a network, now numbering 92 specially trained park wardens, who cover a total of six million hectares in central and northern Iran.
Warden Reza Shah-hosseini, as some 20 gazelles galloped past behind him, said, “Every day, we cover hundreds of kilometers to track wild animals in the park.”
There were 20 sightings of the cheetah in Semnan Province last year.
“Many think that without this program the cheetah would have totally disappeared from Iran,” said Jokar.
It was thought for a time that the cheetahs had been wiped out, until they were found to have retreated into the central desert regions.
Three major problems have befallen the Asiatic cheetah in recent time: Cars, farmers and having nothing to eat.
“When we launched the project, the biggest danger was the lack of prey,” said Jokar.
The team focused on building up numbers of gazelles and rabbits for the cheetahs to eat, which has been largely successful.
Cars and farmers remain a threat, however.