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Sustainable Sanitary Products – Should You Use Them?


Sustainable Sanitary Products. I know that talking about your period might be a sensitive subject to some of you here, but it is a critical part of our daily life. So let’s not shy away from it.

Over 800 million people in the world menstruate and have been doing so since the dawn of the human race. From ultra-absorbent underwear to cramp-curing devices, period products deserve a lot of attention.

There’s nothing shameful in feminine hygiene and the products we use to suit our lifestyles and our bodies better.

Things are changing across social media as well. In the past, posts with blood were banned.

Now, protests are triggered if social media censors a photo of someone’s period blood as it was the case of Rupi Kaur’s pic on Instagram showing menstrual blood leaking through her trousers.

Initially banned by Instagram, following the public outcry saw the image reinstated.


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thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ this image is a part of my photoseries project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at the photos were shot by myself and @prabhkaur1 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.

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Every woman has a preference for personal sanitary protection. Some use tampons, other pads, panty liners, or cups. The question here is not who uses what, but how eco-friendly are the products you’re using?

Sustainable Sanitary Products – A Global Problem

As small as they might be, there’s no denying that our ‘periods products’ create serious environmental problems.

For example, an average woman uses roughly 14,000 tampons in a lifetime. And that’s fine, but, all of them are making their way into our oceans after being flushed down the toilets.

To make these figures more visual, imagine that there are around nine plastic applicators for every one kilometre of a beach in the UK. It is a fact.


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FLUSHED AWAY✨This pretty shocking photo was taken by @sophiesartsupplies who collected 79 single-use plastic tampon applicators on a tiny 10-metre-long beach in Cornwall 😔 The sad reality is these polluting pieces of single-use plastic don’t need to exist, let alone wash up on the beach 🚫 DAME’s reusable D is the solution for tampon users who prefer an applicator💡Please spread the word and join the #reuserevolution 💪🏼 . 📷 thank you @sophiesartsupplies . . . #bleedredthinkgreen #dameforgood #reusabletamponapplicator #endplasticpollution #pollutionsolution #saveouroceans #sustainability #environmental #beachcleanup #plasticfree #noplastic #singleuseplastic #planetorplastic #reuse #reducereuserecycle #beach #beachfront #sand #periods #tampons #tampon #plasticpollution #bethechange 🌎

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Or, that the number of used tampons and applicators collected from the world’s beaches accounts for almost 30,000 units, every day, which explains why sanitary pads, cups, tampons, account for over 100 billion pieces of waste every year.

That’s why sustainable sanitary products matter. The throw-away tampons, plastic applicators, wrappers, and so one are haunting our oceans and landfills.

It is time to benefit not just us, women, but the planet, too. As environmental, welfare and health issues increasingly play on our minds, the change is palpable.

Sustainable Sanitary Products – What’s Your Contribution?

A growing number of labels are responding to horror stories caused by our single-use plastic mania.

Some are using biodegradable cardboard and paper applicators to improve the smoothness of insertion that led us to plastic in the first place.

Others are bringing us ‘clean’, chemical-free products to put inside our bodies. Every single change matters, so what is yours?

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