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The Environmental Impact of Menstrual Products and the Urgency of Choosing Sustainable Alternatives

Most of us consider menstrual products as an undeniable necessity, yet we rarely reflect on their impact on the planet. Sanitary pads and tampons, essentials for many women, are leaving a significant environmental footprint. Behind their daily convenience lies an uncomfortable truth: the enormous amount of plastic and the considerable carbon footprint generated by these disposable products.

The hidden Amount of Plastic

A conventional sanitary pad is primarily composed of plastic materials. On average, it's estimated that a sanitary pad contains around 90% plastic in its composition, found in absorbent layers, individual wrappers, and adhesives.

Similarly, tampons also contain plastic in their composition, although to a lesser extent than sanitary pads. On average, a tampon can be composed of around 6% to 10% plastic. This plastic is mainly present in the applicator, the individual wrapper, and in some cases, in the structure of the tampon itself to maintain its compact shape.

In terms of degradation, due to their high plastic content, a disposable sanitary pad or tampon can take anywhere between 500 to 800 years to completely decompose. This extended duration is due to the non-biodegradable nature of the plastic used in their manufacturing, which means it doesn't easily break down in the environment.

The plastic present in these two products, as well as in other personal hygiene items, significantly contributes to the global issue of plastic pollution. A large portion of these waste products ends up in landfills or in the environment, such as rivers and oceans, creating a negative environmental impact for an extremely long period.

The carbon footprint in their production and usage

Beyond plastic, the manufacturing of these menstrual products involves a carbon-intensive process. From raw material extraction like cotton to production and global distribution, substantial amounts of greenhouse gases are emitted.

An average disposable sanitary pad is estimated to have a carbon footprint of around 5.3 kilograms of CO2-equivalent per pack of 10 units. Meanwhile, a typical disposable tampon can have an average carbon footprint of around 3.9 grams of CO2-equivalent per unit. This includes greenhouse gas emissions associated with material production (like cotton and plastic), manufacturing processes, transportation, and final disposal in landfills.

The sustainable alternative: absorbent underwear

It's imperative to consider more environmentally friendly options. Absorbent underwear presents a revolutionary alternative. Crafted from organic materials and devoid of plastic, they are reusable and washable, significantly reducing carbon footprint and plastic impact. Their durability and effectiveness stand as a powerful testament to how menstrual products can be sustainable.

The time to switch is now. By choosing sustainable menstrual products, you're not only reducing the amount of plastic in the world but also lowering your personal carbon footprint.

Join us this Green Friday for conscious and sustainable shopping. Get a 15% discount on your Somos Martina purchase with the code GREENFRIDAY. Choose absorbent underwear and other sustainable menstrual products. This simple switch not only protects the planet but also takes care of your body.

It's time to make a difference. Join the movement for a more sustainable and conscious menstrual care. Together, we can create a positive impact in the world we live in.

Let's make the change towards a greener and healthier future together!

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