Eco-disposable Vs Reusable Sanitary Pads

Eco-disposables, the reality behind the marketing - How reusable sanitary products could help you be more eco-aware.

When making choices on products with the idea of being more eco-aware, it can be challenging to get behind the marketing and find the facts, in this blog we wanted to explore eco-disposables and introduce you to the idea of reusable sanitary products.

Significantly more of us are looking into alternative products to use around the house and for our every day needs. We want to decrease our plastic consumption and increase our buying of reusable items, but with smart marketing and shelves filled with buzz words which catch our eye how do we know if a product that claims to be eco is? The eco-disposable is a relatively new concept and one that we wanted to draw your attention too, firstly to highlight the facts behind eco-disposables and secondly to help you make an informed decision when it comes to spending your money.

Eco-disposable is an Oxymoron, how can something be considered 'Eco' if it is still a single-use item that will find its way into landfill. Here are the facts which we think are essential to know about eco-disposables.

  • You cannot recycle a used sanitary product - This is important as if a used sanitary product finds its way into a whole collection of recycling the lot ends up in landfill as is considered contaminated. So not only has the one item you thought could be recycled, not been, but it has also stopped a whole lot of perfectly good recycling from making it back into circulation. Much like the misconception that flushing tampons is ok, it really is not ok. It is sometimes hard to see this through the claims on the back of the packs.
  • Biodegradable doesn't biodegrade in landfill. Landfill sites are designed to store waste, not to break it down. The waste is so tightly packed that it prevents it from degrading and what does break down releases methane (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere. In a nutshell, it's safe to say that most sanitary products going into landfill are going to take up to 500 years breakdown, biodegradable or not.
  • You could bury them in your garden if you like or go for compostable products, but even then composting nappies or sanitary pads won't work either as you need an industrial composter to break them down and the process involves high levels of heat, again increasing carbon footprint. So frustrating.

To have a real chance at making a little difference why not give reusable sanitary pads a try. Even swapping out just one per cycle will reduce your input into landfill and your carbon footprint too. Now that is a little win worth celebrating. To give it a go, why not pop over and see what Aunt Nora has to say about reusable sanitary pads. While your there do our 'Go with your flow' quiz to see which pad is perfect for you, then check out the trial pack and give it a go, you have nothing to lose, and as a lovely little bonus, you will always have reusable sanitary pads in stock!