Today’s post is mainly about how I can make The Curse better for my body and eco-friendly to boot. But there’s something else I’d like to raise at the end. Please hang on for it.
I’ve used organic pads and tampons for a few years now, after suffering allergies from using big-brand products that knocked me for six. Allergies I know were caused by the garbage that big businesses put in their “feminine hygiene” gear … that women then put inside their bodies … for several hours. This means whatever is in your tampon could be leaching into your bloodstream direct; bleach, dioxin, rayon and BPA (plastic) have been found in certain pads and tampons.
These can (I am not saying they do!) cause infections, irritation and some of these ingredients have been linked with cancer.
Also, don’t forget the environment and the impact that wrappers, packaging and used products have on our world.
It’s enough to make your insides shrivel in disgust.
At the moment I’m using Tom Organic and Cottons products – they’re great so far! No discomfort whatsoever. And they also work hard for the environment and community.
Tom Organic say: “TOM Organic was founded on the philosophy that women should never have to compromise their wellbeing or the health of the planet with the products they buy.”
Their priorities? Women’s health, the environment, community awareness and ethical business practices. They also work with charities that provide birthing kits and period products for homeless women and at-risk families.
And Cottons? They use 100 per cent cotton and work with Share the Dignity. Read more here.
But what about even greener options? To make a small change, I’ve ordered a set of Thinx. No waste, no chemicals AND devoted to empowering girls around the globe who need it most. Can’t wait for their arrival.
So – how do you deal with your period in a clean, green, cruelty-free way?
OK, let’s look at this globally.
Menstruation has a massive impact on our world. It’s not just a female problem, it’s a people problem. It’s a problem for girls and women and trans people and non-binary people, whether it’s because they’re being forced to live outside for a week until they stop bleeding, or if they’re trying to stay comfortable and hygienic while sleeping rough, or perhaps struggling with the cost or availability of feminine products. There’s a lot to consider.
Can you imagine sending your teenage daughter (or younger!) out into the cold to contend with wild animals, strangers, the elements and who knows what else? I can’t. It’s shocking.
Last week, Nepal passed a law criminalising the practise of Chhaupadi, where menstruating females are forced to leave their homes to live outside or in animal huts for the duration of their bleed.
And it’s just not necessary, because periods aren’t dirty.
The new law, subject to a grandfather clause, will mean those found guilty of forcing women into Chhaupadi will be fined 3000 rupees and three months’ jail.
Bring it on.
And if you’ve never thought about how homeless women deal with getting their period, this video is well worth a look. Then maybe throw some money or time in the direction of a charity working in this particular area.
Phew. And I haven’t even got to the Tampon Tax. That’s for another day.