Little by little we are waking up and becoming aware of the gravity of dumping plastic garbage into seas and oceans.
Many developed or developing countries are legislating on the issue of plastic waste, taking as a first step the ban on plastic bags. People most interested in caring for the planet, have stopped buying plastic bottles, light bulbs, disposable utensils and even conventional diapers to replace them with more friendly ones.
However, tampons and other menstrual products are not within the social ideology as a factor that contributes to the pollution of the oceans, but according to the latest report by the European UnionThese products are the 5 most found in the oceans - surpassing light bulbs and other types of products with the highest frequency of consumption.
When the English Marine Conservation Society conducted its annual beach cleanup, it found more than 20 menstrual products per 100 meters of shoreline.
The quantity of products found in the ocean in descending order are:
- Plastic bottles
- Cigarette butts
- Cotonitos for the ears
- Candy packages
- Menstrual products
- Plastic bags
- Disposable bulbs and utensils
- Plastic cups
- Fast food packaging
The situation is also not encouraging if they reach conventional landfills, since a tampon takes 500 to degrade. 45 billion tampons are used per year causing countless tons of garbage scattered throughout our ecosystem.
Besides being harmful to the environment, they are also for health.
"Many of these hygienic products contain dangerous chemicals such as bleaches and dioxides known to cause cancer," they say from the organization"No more Taboo"dedicated to creating reusable menstrual products.
“There are no regulations on what companies that make these medical devices can or cannot use in these goods. Nor are they obliged to inform their consumers about their composition ”they add.
A good alternative is the "reusable menstrual cup". A soft silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to retain flow. This could be considered the revolution of feminine hygiene items, a very widespread solution already in other countries as a substitute for tampons and pads.