Thoughts on Ragtime
Posted by: LYNette
…Not the music.
Tying on to ZeBek’s previous train of thought I came across a pretty interesting article in the Washington Post yesterday about the environmental impacts of “feminine-care products” (ie: maxi pads with wings and mmm-bop tampons).
1. The average woman menstruates for 38 years.
2. Over these 38 years, one person is expected to generate around 62,415 POUNDS OF GARBAGE!
2.5. (The average American woman weighs 163 pounds…62,415 pounds = about 383 women = 766 boobies!)
3. The average woman throws away 250-300 pounds of pads, tampons, and applicators during her lifetime.
4. 300 pounds of girlie trash is only about 0.5% of 62,415 pounds.
…so we shouldn’t feel bad about being on the rag. Kudos to those who use tampons, especially without applicators – o.b. estimates that its tampons create 58% less waste because they don’t have applicators.
This is a 1,725 pound pumpkin.
Stay away from plastic! It can take up to 1000 years for plastic garbage to even BEGIN decomposing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want weird aliens sniffing my garbage long after I’m gone.
There are tons of other options, like GladRags and DivaCups. I can’t say much about these reusable alternatives because I’ve never tried them myself – I’m quite satisfied with my NatraCare organic cotton tampons, without applicators of course.
Post a comment about what you do during your ragtime, and I’ll send you a free (unused) box of my preferred tampons!
On a separate note: Sara! If you’re out there, I’m looking for you! Please email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your iSG giveaway for your awesome, awesome comment a few weeks ago!
Over & Out!