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Tykia Murray: Feminine Hygiene - Naturally

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With the recent turn toward green living, all-natural feminine hygiene products have risen in popularity. Though, you can’t walk down the “pink aisle” at your local pharmacy and pick up these organic options, they have a loyal following that is growing. Still, many women are only just discovering this environmentally-friendly alternative.

A congressional study found that a woman may use as many as 16,000+ tampons in her life and as many as 2190 pads a year. Factor in packaging, wrapping, and applicators and you’re looking at an enormous amount of waste. So what are your options?

Sea sponge tampons are made from actual sea sponges, last six months before they need replacing, and are biodegradable. Similarly, organic cotton tampons are completely biodegradable and are manufactured by several companies. In the case of one such company, Seventh Generation, the packaging is made of 100% recyclable paper.

A great alternative to plastic pads are cloth pads made from organic cotton. GladRags makes reusable menstrual pads and panty liners. Besides being more comfortable than synthetic pads, these are machine washable and last up to five years.

Menstrual Cups have been on the market since the 30s, but are just now gaining more recognition because of their ease of use, durability, and reusability. They can be made of rubber, latex, or silicone and often only need to be replaced once a year. DivaCup is a popular brand that comes in several sizes to conform to the individual’s unique needs.

With just a little extra effort you can get these Mother Earth-approved products online or at your local organic grocer. Many women have found them to be less expensive than the average box of tampons and more comfortable. Do yourself (and the planet) a favor and go green the next time you walk down the “pink aisle.”

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