I CARE FOR MY HEALTH:
Sanitary pads are loaded with plastics and chemicals like bleaching agents, fragrances and micro beads that cause irreparable damage to woman's health. The pads which used to be thick with cotton filling got thinner and sleeker. They are so light that they can fly, and have wings too! These pads are filled with micro beads which are meant to absorb all of the bleeding. These chemicals in addition to skin rashes and allergies, also invite long term health issues. I want to stay healthy and so sustainable options appeal to me!
I CARE FOR MY ENVIRONMENT:
Most problems from sanitary pads arises due to indiscriminate disposing of pads by the irresponsible and unaware users. The pads that go down the sewage system absorb enormous amount of water in the sewage system and clogs the drains. The pads strewn around on the road along with garbage gets into water bodies and contaminate them. Burning of sanitary waste introduces harmful carcinogenic dioxins in the air. I do not want to burden the only planet that supports life!
I WANT AN ECONOMICAL OPTION:
On the average, a woman spends about Rs. 60000 on disposable sanitary pads, during the entire period of menstruating years(About 30 years). Reusable cloth pad option costs as low as Rs.200 that lasts for about three years. This will amount to about Rs. 13500 f(For 30 years). The menstrual cup that has life of about 10 years costs just about Rs. 3000 (For 30 years)! So, reusable options make perfect economical sense for me too!
I WANT AN OPTION THAT SUPPORTS MY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE:
The menstrual cups are very easy to carry and comfortable to use. The cup forms a suction around the cervix, and prevents any leakage. The medical grade silicone cup is hardly felt, and one can engage in active sports, running, swimming, trekking and yoga exercises without the discomfort of disposable sanitary pads.
Whatever be the reason, there are choices that are available for a comfortable happy period! For more information and resources, please visit Green The Red Campaign website.
HSR Citizen Forum Volunteers, support all ways to reduce the use of disposable sanitary solutions. We campaign regularly in schools, colleges and give awareness sessions about sustainable menstrual options. It is so heartening to see many change over to the sustainable options. With menstrual cup option, you can have a rash-free, cash freee, and trash free period !!