Do you treat your cycle like that secret you're hiding from college?
Not wanting to talk about. Concealing any remnants of its existence. Avoiding the people that could bring it up. And burying it in the depths of your mind. Yea, that great big shade you cast over your body's natural behaviors is making you less of a woman and more of a 'yes man.'
STOP IT! We have become victims to the one thing that should inspire, purify and energize our bodies.
Because women 'remove' them selves from their womanly experience they fail at making the best decisions for their bodies. With that, I decided to shake my 'fears' of my natural behaviors and came up with five legitimate reasons why Zero Waste feminine products are better than disposables.
- Being empowered by f̶e̶m̶i̶n̶i̶s̶m̶ womansim (update 1/28/19) I'm checking my menstrual shame at the door. If the creator saw it fit for me to menstruate, then I will cheers to that. There was a study done about women and menstruating called the "Culture of Concealment," which shows that women become zombie-like consumers with regards to products that are neither good for use or the environment.
- Save 10,000 disposable feminine products from landfills. The eco-factor in Zero Waste feminine products is a no brainer. Sanitary products take 500-800 years to decompose in landfills, and since the first disposable napkin was available in 1888 and became popular only at the turn of the 20th; every sanitary napkin that has made it to a landfill is still there!!
- Healthier options for the body. Tampons are infamous for their aide in women catching toxic shock syndrome and they are also extremely porous. They suck all of the natural juices out of your vagina, while drying you out and making you vulnerable to carbon disulphide, sulfuric acid, chlorine and caustic soda. Sanitary napkins are made primarily from plastic which cut of venilation in your crotch area. This can lead to vaginal infections. petro chemicals synthetic fibers, phtlates, which I talk about here.
- Ownership of my own trash. We throw away things, but never really think about the consequences that trash have on the Earth. I'm taking ownership of all my trash, f̶e̶m̶i̶n̶i̶ne menstrual (update 1/28/19) products included.
- Supporting small businesses. The companies that create reusable products such as GladRags, Pink Lemonade, Sckoon and Jade and Pearl, support positive attitudes towards menses and women empowerment.
6-8 Cloth Sanitary Napkins (On average you will use about 2 a day)
2-3 Sea Sponges
Mesh Bag for Washing
Travel Bag with Lining
- Give yourself 2-3 weeks prior to your next period to gather items.
- Research, research research! Find products that will fit your body and budget.
- Read directions, watch YouTube videos.
- Wash newly purchased items in a mesh bag. The mesh bags help to keep lint and hair from sticking to your products.
- To avoid 1st day jitters, practice on a pair of undies.
- Sort feminine products based on your leakage. Save hefty pads for the heavy days.
- First couple of uses watch closely to monitor leaks. How well does your products hold up? For how many hours?
- Be mindful of where you will be within the next few hours so you are not in a high traffic area when it is time to change. Rinse with cold water and ring it out.
- You will notice the smell of iron, don't worry, you got this. :-)
- Soak Zero Waste products in water with peroxide and baking soda for about six hours.
- Place items in your mesh bag and throw it in the wash. The mesh bags help to keep lint and hair from sticking to your products.
- After six months, it is time to re-up on new pads. After six years, it is time to re-up on new pads.