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Green Living Goal #5: Sustainable Feminine Care
Feminine care products might not be the most popular topic of conversation, but it is an important conversation for everyone to be having. This is because the waste associated with periods ends up affecting everyone and the environment as a whole.
As a 31 year old woman, I am intimately familiar with some feminine care products. Confession – I have never used tampons due to personal preference and health concerns. I am blessed with a super light and short cycle so for the past few years I have been using organic cotton panty liners when it's that time of month. After learning a bit more about the enormous amount of waste created by feminine care products each year I decided I wanted to take things a bit further than just protecting my health. I want to protect the planet, too.
Here are some facts that really surprised (and scared me):
- The average women uses 17,000 pads & tampons throughout her life which equates to about 62,415 pounds of garbage.
- The average woman throws away 5 pairs of underwear each year due to period related issues (which means even more trash, and the need for more new products to be made).
These days there are lots of options available for women to deal with their periods and ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference. To do my part and make a difference I have invested in a few period panties that completely eliminate the need for disposable products. I’m not gonna lie - I tried them on when I received them and they fit great and were comfortable. I couldn't wait to get my period that month and have been using them very happily ever since.
Did you know? Within the average household electric dryers account for 6-10% of energy consumption. National Hanging Out Day was established in 1955 to bring attention to energy waste associated with machine dryers and to encourage people to dry their clothes in the open air. Whether we like it or not, chores are an essential part of life and one of those essential, modern day chores is laundry.A simple way to green or laundry routine is to get back to basics and line dry our items.The sun acts as a natural antimicrobial agent so using a clothesline outside when the weather allows is good for your health.For indoor drying you can use a clothes rack.No matter the location of your drying clothes with each load of laundry you’ll be conserving energy and protecting the planet. If you must use a dryer for your clothes, you can conserve energy by keeping your duct clean and well maintained.Using an efficient model of dryer can help conserve energy and water, saving you money.Plus, efficient mod…
Keep America Beautiful (KAB)is a nonprofit organization that has been inspiring and educating people to take consistent action to help beautify their community environments since 1953. April has been designated 'Keep America Beautiful' month since the 1970's and KAB uses this month to celebrate the hard work of their state and community based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public offices, and millions of volunteers who make a difference through their environmental initiatives.
With their corporate, non-profit, and education partners KAB supports several campaigns such as cars to donate, cigarrette litter prevention, the great American clean up, and the give and go move out program. All of their campaigns are designed to help build and sustain vibrant communities.
I encourage all of you to do a little research this month and see what KAB programs you can get your community involved in.
Spring is the time of year when the winter fantasies of gardeners everywhere start to become reality. As the bulbs start blooming and the leaves start budding, garden lovers everywhere become excited to help along yet another year of beautiful flowers and luscious plants. What better time, then, to consider the most eco friendly ways we can do that?
Rain is easy to take for granted, but we sure miss it in our garden when we suffer a dry spell. Why not collect rain water when it's in abundance during a storm and save it for the day you'll need it? That's exactly what rainwater barrels do for you. You can set them up under your gutters, and they can collect up to sixty gallons of rain depending on their size. Then, when the skies are blue and there is not a cloud in sight you can release the water through your hose and right to your plants when they really need it.
Plants and flowers love compost, which delivers life-nourishing organic matter right where they need it most. You…