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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 32 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 that you can easily make your own cleaners that are not only better for the environment but also work well, while being safer for you, your kids and your pets, too? Let’s look at some basic, easy-to-make eco-friendly cleaners. All you need are a few ingredients you likely already have around your house, and a few spray bottles plus, some sort of writing instrument to label the bottles. Wash Your Windows In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons white vinegar. You can use old newspaper as your cloth to wash the window, or use a squeegee. The vinegar smell will disappear quickly and your windows (or any glass surface) will look sparkly and shiny. Disinfect If you have surfaces that need to be disinfected, such as cutting boards and toilets, you can easily create that yourself in a spray bottle. Just mix 2 cups of water with four drops of any type of natural soap, like unscented liquid castile soap, and 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil
Global warming is the increase in temperature of the earth's surface. Because of the greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane, the earth is unable to release the heat on the earth's atmosphere. The heat would accumulate on the earth's atmosphere and eventually have an effect on men and life on earth. The earth is already calling for our attention. If you haven't noticed the different environmental disasters and problems that we are having, then you are either blind or trying to be blind of the things happening around you. These disasters and problems that we are experiencing are all because of our own doing. We've been exploiting the earth for the longest time without thinking about the consequences of our actions. We are now seeing the ugly effects of our actions. There is still time to help change the condition of the earth. With enough awareness and actions, we'll be able to help preserve earth's beauty. Here are some tips y
Wait! What's in that delicious muffin you're eating? Or those potato chips you're crunching on? Or that canned soup you're slurping? Maybe, a lot more than you thought! Chemical additives are used to affect flavors or preserve products, and although they do have certain uses these additives can negatively affect your health. It's important to pay attention to and be aware of what is actually in your 'food' and to look for alternatives that aren't filled with harmful additives. Listed below are some common food additives that could be dangerous to your health: 1. Titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in sunscreens, but it's also used as a food additive. You may find it in salad dressings, powdered sugars, baked goods and other items. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers titanium dioxide a dangerous food additive and recommends that consumers avoid eating it. The agency labels it as a cl