WOULD YOU USE THIS AS A TAMPON?
A slew of environmentally-friendly feminine hygiene products have been making waves of late. But do they work? Emma Markezic takes some interesting options for a proverbial spin
Most women have about 450 menstrual cycles in their lifetime. And as far as their practical, biological use goes, we might as well utilise maybe two or three of those. So what to do with those other 447-odd inconvenient emanations?
Dealing with menstruation in 2016 is a largely binary decision. The options even look like a 0 and a 1. But it hasn’t always been that way. Over the years, women have utilised wool, paper, grass, moss and even animal skin in order to ebb the flow. These days, of course, it’s all very easy. Your local supermarket stocks neatly wrapped, optic white, completely disposable pads and tampons for your purchasing expediency.
What you might be surprised to learn is there’s more than the standard one-two punch. A lot more. And lady folk the world over are preaching the praises of alternative sanitary products. Why? Put simply, they’re better for the human body and better for the environment. Most conventional products are a melange of cotton, rayon, plastic, bleach and a few other chemicals thrown in. Billions of these end up in landfill every year. Billions. Which I have to admit was the only thing that really piqued my attention on this issue. Up until now I’ve always been quite happy with my supermarket special, thank you muchly. Even knowing I’ll spend an average of $18K on them in my lifetime.
That said, I’m not a fan of the fact this movement is called “green menstruation”. I think we should abolish the colour associations and just call it “trying to keep both my reproductive system and the planet healthy”. Not as catchy, I grant you, but who wants the word catchy associated with their vagina anyway? While I tried each of the following with more trepidation than a thirsty meerkat approaching a watering hole, try them I did. And it wasn’t anywhere near as detestable as I expected.