The last twenty years have brought the idea of recycling versus waste to the forefront of many people’s minds. However, for roughly half the population a basic menstrual function could result in up to 300 pounds of non-biodegradable waste perwoman during their lifetime. Tampons and sanitary towels are currently Ireland’s most popular menstrual products. But what if there were a way to ditch this harmful and expensive tradition?
The mooncup is an easy, cheap and ecologically friendly product which can achieve just this. While many people have heard of this method, there are common misconceptions associated with it. I wish to plead the mooncup’s case!
The financial benefit of the mooncup is hard to contest. The average woman will experience 350 menses in her lifetime, roughly lasting 30 years. The average price of a box of tampons (which are taxed as a luxury item in Ireland) is currently €4.96. That cost per year amounts to €59.52. The mooncup retails in Nourish stores for €27.50 and can last for up to three years. This simple swap of products could save you roughly €150 over three years, amounting to €1,500 worth of savings in a lifetime.
This cost effective and reusable product could be revolutionary with regards to period poverty too. Period poverty affects women and girls struggling financially, those in direct provision and those who avail of homelessness and food bank services.
The health benefits of choosing Mooncup outweigh other menstruation products also. The chlorine bleaching process which many pads and tampons go through creates a substance called Dioxin – a known carcinogen.
Dioxin has been linked to hormonal problems, liver disease, endometriosis etc. Tampons and sanitary towels often also contain synthetic fibres, absorption chemicals, plastics, dyes and fragrances. It is worth noting that feminine hygiene companies are not required to list the ingredients of their products.
When using sanitary products such as tampons women may be at risk of developing toxic shock syndrome. The Mooncup safeguards against this as it is a suction cup made purely from medical grade silicone which allows air to perforate. The cup can be worn for up to 12 hours and can hold more menstrual blood than its counterparts. (Depending on your flow you may need to change it more often.)
People can sometimes take issue with the idea of emptying and trying to clean the cup during the day, however, this innovative design allows for women to empty and clean it at the beginning and end of each day in the comfort of their own homes.
If one does need to empty it whilst they’re out, it’s simple enough. Take a bottle of water with you and simply rinse it out over the loo. You can also use pH suitable eco wipes.
Possibly the most disheartening part of the feminine hygiene industry is the ecological impactcaused to our planet. Tampons and pads are non-biodegradable, meaning that up to 300 pounds of menstrual waste per woman could end up in landfills or in our oceans. The synthetic fibres and plastics contained in such products take hundreds of years to break down, outliving the woman even.
Plastics can also leak into nature, polluting our rivers, lakes and sea which have detrimental effects on our marine life. The sustainability of the Mooncup reaches beyond the products own lifespan as it can also be recycled. Most hospitals or recycling centres accept mooncups and recycle them along with other medical grade silicone or, if you are feeling extra green, they can be reused for gardening purposes such as spinach planters!
It is important that we take responsibility for our menstruation and try to minimise the unnecessary waste caused. Ultimately, the mooncup is advantageous for our purses, planet and bodies. Who can argue with that!?
–Written by Rheanne Breen in our Web Store
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