Having an Eco-Friendly Period
****WARNING WARNING WARNING****
THIS POST IS ABOUT MY PERIOD. IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH ABOUT THIS TOPIC, OR IF YOU ARE MY DAD, PLEASE STOP READING NOW!
OK, ladies, looks like the men all left. Now we can do what we always do when the men think we're talking about our periods and continue our plot to take over the world. Now, Hillary called me last night and she thinks....
What? They're still here? Oh crap. Never mind, I guess we'll really have to talk about it then.
Let's rewind to a time about five months ago when I was so rudely awakened from my hypnotic, disposable-loving, consumeristic euphoria. Sister Heather and I were discussing various eco-friendly changes we could be making and she relayed the following story about her friend, whom I'll call Amber.*
Amber is a pretty eco-conscious gal who borders on crunchy-granola. She had recently attended some sort of fair or vendor gathering or whatnot where she met a woman who was spouting the virtues or reusable pads.
As she explained to Amber, the pads were made from organic cotton and could be fastened to your underwear with little snaps. When the pad needs to be changed, you simply unsnap it and place it in a bucket of water to soak off most of the blood. At the end of your period, you would then ring out your pre-soaked pads and run them through a wash cycle. The woman went on to explain that the "soaking water" should not be dumped down the toilet, but should be used for watering the garden, as it is extremely high in nutrients and acts as sort of an all-natural Miracle-Gro.
According to Amber, the vendor wasn't very successful in trying to convince women to switch to the eco-friendly pads. She also wasn't having much luck selling her home-grown tomatoes.
Well, I'm not quite ready to go that far with my period yet, but I am going to dip my toe into the pool of period-protection options by switching to NatraCare brand panty-liners. Unlike my Kotex liners, these ones are manufactured using non-chlorine bleach, they are plastic-free and biodegradable.
Due to my selection of birth-control (a whole other post), a dozen panty-liners per month usually covers all my girly needs. In the course of one year, that's 144 plastic-backed panty-liners I'll be avoiding.
Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5
Once I found where the store kept them (because GOD FORBID they put them with all the OTHER panty-liners) this became another one of those super-easy changes to make. Now I really can have a happy period, despite what Hubby says.
*Please note, Amber may actually be her name. As usual, I wasn't really paying that close attention to the details. I'm more of a "big picture" listener.