The amount of trash that goes out every year from each woman just for our periods is, let’s say, a hell of a lot. According to the new book, Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation, it states “that each woman produces around 250 to 300 pounds of “pads, plugs, and applicators” waste in her lifetime.”
Now on the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a lot considering we make of total of about 62,000 pounds of garbage in each of our lifetimes. That means our period waste is equivalent to about .5 percent of that total.
It is always pushed on us through society to be shameful of our periods, and now with everyone becoming extremely environmentally aware, we now are pushed to feel bad about killing the planet with something we can’t control.
I wanted to put that out there because looking at the big picture the waste from our “Auntie Flo” isn’t as bad as we are meant to believe but it is still waste in the end.
Now on the other side of things, the amount of money spent on our “red tide” products equals an average of $200-$300 a year. That doesn’t include how much underwear gets ruined, along with how much we spend on cleaning products to get blood stains out of clothes.
You also can’t put a price on embarrassment…
Lately, I have been branching out to try new things including the Flex Company’s period discs. Which if you want to see the review for that click here (let’s just say it’s not so good…).
But I came across this amazing little product for those of us who want to save money as well as help the environment; washable period pads!
I am a tampon user, but I have a very heavy flow so I end up putting a tampon in along with a panty liner or just straight pad. I am busy, and since I am so busy I can’t constantly be running to the bathroom every 30 minutes, especially with little ones.
In the end, because I have to buy pads, tampons, and panty liners my period costs are on the high end.
Opening the Package:
Upon opening the package, I was EXTREMELY surprised at the quality! The quality is just beautiful, I actually enjoyed pulling them out and feeling how soft, thick, and beautifully crafted they were.
The gray is a soft wool-like material but it’s actually made from bamboo, and the black is a very soft satin-like material, charcoal dyed, so no rubbing or chaffing, along with no harsh chemicals.
The back or underneath has two little clasps, so you can tighten or loosen it depending on your underwear or preferences.
So soft and comfy I couldn’t believe it!
The stitching was tight and you can just feel the comfort and quality in every part of them.
They easily snap the other way so you can discreetly fold them up (and they fold tight). It comes with a very nice satin-like wristlet for keeping them in your purse or bag.
Then you just toss them in the washer! And yes, your man might trip, I know mine did, but he can shove it.
All in all, this was an AMAZING product.
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