The problem with commercial sanitary napkins and an alternative to them

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It is shocking how a seamingly harmless (yet necessary for a large part of the population) product can hides so many dangers.

Starting with the ecological part, a woman will use approximately 10,000 to 12,000 feminine hygiene products during her lifetime (given that a woman’s menstrual cycle can last up to 40 years). A conventional commercial sanitary napkin is made up of 90% plastic which is equivalent to about 4 plastic bags. Plastic which is obviously not recycled but takes about 500-800 years to break down in landfills. And finally we produce around 1,500,000 tons of waste per year which I repeat takes 800 years to break down! Do you also see these numbers as problematic or am I the only one? 😳

Moving on with the health issues… Suspicions about the existence of toxic chemicals in feminine hygiene products began in 2014 when Women’s voices for Earth denounced well-known sanitary napkin brands. In a 2019 study that included 11 types of sanitary napkins and baby diapers from various countries (including Greece), phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP, and BBP) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs: of which methylene chloride, toluene and xylene) were founds. Investigating 79 sanitary products in the US in 2020, it was pointed out that all the products contained various VOCs, but at least in low concentration and they urged for the removal of all these unnecessary ingredients and they also called on the companies to report in detail the ingredients that their products contain. Several ingredients were found that have been characterized as toxic, while in some period products the correlation between exposure and cancer risk was high. In general, VOCs have been associated with skin irritations, cancer, reproductive problems, and respiratory, liver, and kidney damage. And these ingredients are present in products that come into contact with a very sensitive area of the human body which is prone to chemicals and irritations but also with high rates of substance intake. So be careful with the products you choose and at the very least opt for fragrance-free ones.

The good news is that there are several solutions that can solve both of the above concerns. Today since we talked about sanitary napkins, I will respectively recommend reusable sanitary from a Greek woman-owned small business, Wasteless design . And let’s see why you should choose them…

✓they are made in Greece from ecologically sustainable fair trade fabrics

✓from certified organic cotton and bamboo

✓with metal hypoallergenic clasps

✓circular design for zero-waste preparation

✓zero-waste and minimum shelf life of two years

✓ they do NOT contain controversial ingredients, fragrances, synthetics and chemicals

✓they do not cause sweating, itching and bad smell

✓vegan and cruelty-free

A sustainable alternative for safety for both ourelves and the planet <3


You can find them here and make the change!

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