Taking Tree-Hugging to the Next Level 

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Nobody recycles like I do. I avoid nonrecyclable packaging. I try to buy only what can be returned or thrown into the recycling bin.

This means that I only put out one supermarket bag of garbage every three weeks.

Then the DivaCup raised the bar on me.
In 1998, 7 billion tampons and 13 billion sanitary pads and their packaging made their way into landfills and sewage systems in the USA alone!
Some other brilliant piece of menstrual marketing said:
Many people today would refuse to take their groceries home in a plastic bag, opting for a reusable cloth bag, or paper bags. We are becoming much more environmentally aware, and are always being told to "Refuse, Reuse and Recycle". Yet what about our menstrual products? Most are made from bleached paper (bad for the environment) and a lot of trees go into making sanitary products which are tossed away. Most pads have a plastic layer (if not comprised mainly of plastics) and most use a plastic coated strip to cover the adhesive. Pads and tampons are individually wrapped in plastic and then most of these come packaged in a plastic bag. So not only are disposable pads filling up landfil themselves (although the paper component will break down), they also contribute to a lot of wasted plastic packaging that will not biodegrade.
To make it even worse, as a cheapskate, the DivaCup would be way cheaper in the long run. I don't like change but the solution is obvious.

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