After being a part of the Be Me Woman Community for a while, we think that there’s definitely one thing you don’t miss: the plastic feel of the sanitary pads which you used before.
The fact that these non-environmentally-sensitive sanitary pads end up in the oceans or landfills doesn’t help their case either. When burnt, they tend to release toxic and harmful chemicals into the air as well.
And, today’s blog will scrutinize the havoc that they wreak on our planet.
Ready to hear some shocking facts that will make you dread all those days on which you used plastic sanitary pads? Let’s begin!
SANITARY PADS ARE CONSIDERED ‘MEDICAL PRODUCTS’!
First of all, as sanitary pads are considered ‘medical products’, the companies manufacturing them are not obliged to disclose the exact materials they are made from. This means you may never be able to know how much plastic went into creating your sanitary pad.
THE SAD TRUTH
Research has proven that sanitary pads are made from 90% plastic. Even the upper layer that feels soft to the touch is actually a plastic woven sheet!
As for Be Me sanitary pads, one click here and you’ll know how transparently we have described each layer of our sanitary pad and that there’s no mention of the word ‘plastic’ in their making.
Before we digress. Let’s continue elaborating on plastic sanitary pads that do more harm than good!
WHAT DO PLASTIC SANITARY PADS DO TO OUR BODIES?
Using plastic sanitary pads not only harms the environment but also our bodies. Painful rashes and skin irritation are some potential side effects. They can also cause your vagina to have a pH imbalance if you don’t change the pads for long periods of time.
READ THIS FACT AND TRY NOT TO GASP OUT LOUD
Vaginal transmission of chemicals is 15 times higher and more likely to enter your bloodstream than orally. This means that the possibility of your body absorbing toxic plastic vaginally is very, very high!
IS THERE A SOLUTION?
Yes, a stringent menstrual waste disposal management system needs to be put in place, especially in developing countries such as India. Measures need to be taken that save marine life from choking on menstrual waste.
Furthermore, since waste pickers are responsible for segregating waste from their bare hands, even used sanitary pads, they are at more risk of catching infections and health hazards.
Perhaps that’s why Padcare – an Indian sanitary napkin disposal system presented its brilliant pitch in Season 2 of Shark Tank India!
The way this system is designed enables menstruators to dispose of sanitary pads in a dignified way and the waste pickers don’t have to touch them with their bare hands either.
Another solution to this consistent problem of plastic sanitary pads is the use of biodegradable period pads. This is where Be Me Woman comes in – catering to everyone who dreams of green menstruation and ethical management of menstrual waste.
Take a step in the eco-friendly direction and get your Be Me Woman sanitary pads here. We also offer Combo Packs so that you can sail through your flow while wearing different sizes of sanitary pads and be yourself unapologetically.