Periods are the most dreaded event of any woman’s life. While they are a sign of a healthy biological development of a woman, they also come with a heavy cost to the environment. The pads that women normally use are made of non-biodegradable material and hence cannot be recycled. Every month millions of women across the globe are using and disposing sanitary napkins which when thrown casually is leading to serious environmental issues. So, is there a better alternative? Most definitely! Let’s take a look!
Use Disposable Bags
Often women tend to throw the used tampons or napkins wrapped in a paper or worse in another plastic bag. The pad which is already non-biodegradable is wrapped in another such material to dispose off, making it doubly dangerous to the environment. Instead use a proper disposable bag to throw away the used napkins. Sirona’s I Love Clean disposable bags are easy to carry, bio-degradable and scented. By using it to you are preventing unhygienic substance to mix with air to create harmful chemical reactions that can affect the air we breathe.
Swap Pads For Tampons
The pads that we sue have a thin plastic sheet on the top which locks the blood within. This sheet does not dissolve in the process of degradation. While the municipal department buries such waste, they only add more harm to the environment as they can lead to turning barren the land in which they are buried. Using Sirona’s Premium Applicator tampon saves that problem to quite an extent. The amount of plastic used in the tampons is far lesser than that in pads. Also they can be disposed off more discreetly than a pad.
Using Sanitary Towels
Another option is to switch to sanitary towels which can be reused. They are the same in shape and size as the sanitary pads, only difference is that they can be washed and reused. While adapting to reusable products in terms of menstruation can be daunting at first but eventually you will get used to it. After all, it is for the sake of saving the environment in which we are living and breathing.
Using ‘She Cup’
Another option for women is using ‘she cup’. As the name suggests its a cup shaped silicone product which can be fitted inside the vagina and can be worn for up to 12 hours a day and can store up to a quarter of the monthly discharge at any given time. It can be simply emptied in the toilet after 12 hours, washed and used again.
There are specific methods that the government needs to adopt in order to dispose off the bio-medical waste. Incinerating or burning it off in a microwave is the most common. However, there are still advancements to be made in this field. Before the waste reaches its destination, it has to be separated from the domestic waste which is done manually exposing those labourers to myriads of troublesome diseases. Adopting some of these methods above can go a long way in saving environment.