Eco-disposables: The reality behind the marketing
Are eco-disposable products all that they claim?
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.
Significantly more of us are looking into alternative products to use around the house and for our everyday needs. We want to decrease our plastic consumption and increase our use of reusable items, but with smart marketing and shelves filled with buzz words, how do we know that a product is as environmentally friendly as it claims?
'Eco-disposable' is a relatively new concept and one that we wanted to draw your attention to. 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 environmentally friendly, 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, to understand the reality of eco-disposables:
- You cannot recycle a used sanitary product. This is important as if a used sanitary product finds its way into a collection of recycling, the lot is considered contaminated and will be sent to landfill. It is sometimes hard to understand this through the claims on the back of the packs.
- Similarly, it is not OK to flush tampons. Nationally, it costs £88m a year to unblock the sewers maintained by our water and sewerage companies. The saddest thing is that flushed sanitary products aren’t always effectively removed at waste treatment plants and can end up in rivers and coastal waters.
- 'Biodegradable' products do not biodegrade in landfill for a long time! 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.
- Even if you choose a compostable option and opt to manage your sanitary waste at home, it's not as straightforward as it seems. It can take two years for compostable sanitary products to breakdown under the right conditions.
To have a real chance at making a difference, why not give reusable sanitary pads a try?
It doesn’t need to be all or nothing! You could start by swapping your disposable for a reusable at night-time or when your flow is light. We sell our reusable sanitary pads as singles and have handy trial kits too. You can browse the full Bloom & Nora range here.
Information sources: Half of UK women flush tampons away – this has to stop | Kate Blincoe | The Guardian