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Sunday, February 3, 2019

For Zero Waste Girls

To the guys who tend to read my blog, this may be the post that you’d like to skip. I don’t think you’ll get much from it. It’s about that time of the month and some zero-waste concerns about it.  

My sister and I were talking about how difficult it was to go zero-waste when we had the tendency to use too many sanitary pads when it was that time of the month. We have been so used to the use of pads during our periods for our entire lives so it seemed like there was no other alternative for us. 

I told my sister that I have been meaning to try cloth pads but I have been scared of doing so unless I only planned to stay inside the house. My periods tend to be normally heavy and I have had my fair share of stains from it when I use sanitary pads. It seemed more than likely that I would get worse stains if I used cloth pads. I can’t really know for sure until I try, but I am NOT going to try it if I’m going out that’s for sure.  

One thing that I think I will try out even if I am not at home is the cloth liners. At the very least, I’d like to be able to reduce my “feminine waste” by skipping out on pantiliners. I’m still not sure if that will work out but I certainly hope it does. 

An option that my sister talked to me about was the use of tampons. It’s not that popular here in the Philippines (although it surprised me watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians that Kourtney does use pads as well) so we were both curious about it. We wondered if tampons were biodegradable. Based on a Google search we found out that they are, but that it takes more than six months. 

Photo from PatriciaMoraleda on Pixabay

We then talked about the use of menstrual cups, which we ended up making up all sorts of worst-case scenarios for (removing a full one having the most of those messy and embarrassing situations). Another thing that we were concerned about was getting TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). I remember reading about this but about tampons. My sister worried that since menstrual cups were also put inside the body that meant that there was a possibility of TSS with these cups too.  

It scares me to think of putting a menstrual cup inside me. I have this irrational fear that it would get stuck. Or that by the time I get it unstuck that everything in it would just splatter everywhere. What if it happened when I was in a public bathroom? There’s no way I can recover from that! 

I really wish that there was another way that women could be zero-waste at that time of the month. I wish that other alternatives don’t involve me making worst-case scenarios involving those other products. Can’t these sanitary pad makers make their pads biodegradable too? Please tell me that they can! 

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