You’re not the only one who’s sick of dragging out the pads and tampons each month. Our planet is becoming one big pile of garbage as consumer culture encourages wasteful spending on disposable products.
Period products unfortunately amount to nearly 20 billion tampons, pads, and plastic applicators that are dumped into North American landfills every year. This waste can take centuries to break-down. What’s worse, the production of plastics to specifically manufacture tampon applicators and the plastic backing on pad adhesives contributes to the leading cause of global warming – the processing of LDPE, a low-density polyethylene in the thermoplastic family.
What’s truly sad is that humans have the capability to understand how we’re impacting the planet, now and for future generations of people. The animals that are forced to share this big blue ball with us are powerless to our harm.
As thousands of dead sea turtles – both adult and juvenile – wash up on beach shores, researchers have been peeking into their bellies to find out what killed them. Go figure, plastics are to blame.
Now get ready for some real water works. Baby turtles are less selective about what they eat as they calmly float along on ocean currents. Researchers found 54% of post-hatchling turtles and 23% of juvenile turtles had plastic inside of them compared with 16% of adult turtles.
It only takes 14 grams of ingested plastic to kill a baby turtle. If you use 20 tampons per period cycle 12 times per year at around 37 times in a lifetime, you’re partially liable for the deaths of about 10 baby sea turtles. Now imagine how many other sea creatures, like beautiful birds and colorful, tropical fish, are also on death row due to plastic ingestion.
Isn’t it finally time you switched from disposable, destructive period products to baby animal-saving reusable period cups?
Tell me how to save the turtles!
Alright, alright! We knew some cold, hard facts would change your mind about taking a small but mighty step toward reducing your plastic output. Luckily, Intimina makes switching from your tampon habit to a menstrual cup super easy.
How much do those chemical-filled, toxic tampons cost you each month? If you’re spending around $12 a box on average, that’s $228 per year. After just 5 years, that number quickly rises to $1,140.
Now what if we told you that less than $50 could last you just as many periods – and much longer! – and you’d never have to harm another baby sea turtle again? Sounds pretty good, right?
Two words, my friends: Menstrual. Cups. (Or period cups. Whatever works for you.) They save you a bundle on money that’s much better spent on treating yourself and keeping endangered species alive.
Intimina created the Menstrual Waste Calculator to display the environmental impact of disposable period products like pads and tampons and the huge difference that switching to more sustainable period protection can make.
Making the switch is so easy, you’ll wonder how all that extra money magically appeared in your account each month, and why you didn’t give the environment a much-needed helping hand earlier.
Grab an Intimina period cup, and your life will mirror that of a happy sea turtle – floating peacefully on a warm ocean current.
What are my eco-friendly options?
If you’re here on this blog, we’re guessing you’re either brand new to menstrual cups, or you’ve been on the fence about getting one and need a final reason to take the plunge. Either way, Intimina makes it super easy and affordable to grab your first reusable period cup.
Your options in period cup sizes and designs are so a’plenty that we dedicated an entire blog to the subject. Click here to get the full run-down on the myriad options Intimina offers and how to find your perfect period cup fit. (And PS. They’re all regularly on sale!)
We’ll give you the short version here. Your #1 choice for a cramp-free, eco-happy, baby-turtle-saving period is a menstrual cup. A basic period cup can fit all vaginas (though you’ll want to double-check the label if you’ve ever had vaginal childbirth), handle your heaviest flow, and feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.
Just squeeze the soft, silicone cup together, gently insert into your vagina, and use your finger to wiggle it around a bit if adjustment feels necessary. Leave it in for up to 12 hours of leak-free protection, and then just wash it in the sink when it’s time to dump it out and start over again.
Imagine never throwing another pad into the trash again, or never flushing another tampon. Seriously, you’re getting major points with Mother Earth here.
But how I really know I’ll like it?
Wearing a period cup isn’t some form of suffering you’ll have to endure on behalf of the planet. It’s easier than sorting your plastics and metals, and more comfortable than lugging a big bag of glass bottles to the recycling center.
We know switching feels like a big step, and that’s why we’ve got a whole section of Intimina product reviews to give you an inside peek into life with a menstrual cup. Don’t take it from us! These ladies are proof that switching saves you dough while giving you a monthly boost of Eco-conscious confidence.
So what are you waiting for?
Save those baby turtles and nab yourself a new BFF that’ll turn your period into an act of Eco-heroism.
Colleen began her sexual wellness career as a sex toy educator in manufacturing and retail. She has since branched out as a writer and marketer, covering all facets of sexual health and anatomy. At Intimina, she specializes in women’s medical care and health concerns, menstruation, sex and pregnancy, and birth control. Colleen frequently confers with top sex educators and intimate wellness experts to stay on top of the constantly changing sexual wellness space.