The menstrual cup: a social and environmental game changer
Have you caught the buzz around the menstrual cup? This tiny flexible product typically made from silicones tested according to relevant biocompatibility criteria, is used as a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to single-use menstrual products. The menstrual cup was first invented in 1937 by Leona Chalmers, an American actress. Since then, this revolutionary product has come a long way, with variations made from rubber and silicone elastomers. The unique properties of silicone elastomers ensure that menstrual cups are biologically inert, compatible with human tissue and can be produced in different shapes and sizes. Not only is this product easy to use and easy on the wallet, but the silicone material is also generally safe for people of all ages, if used according to recommendations.
How does the menstrual cup offer significant benefits to the environment and social development?
Did you know that menstruation will typically lead to using between 5.000 and 15.000 single-use pads and tampons in a lifetime, creating roughly 181 kg of waste period product packaging? In Europe and the US, 49 billion single-use sanitary products are used every year, of which 80% end up in landfills.
The menstrual cup has less than 1.5% of the environmental impact of single-use options, making it a significant game-changer for sustainability. The silicone material ensures its flexibility and longevity, allowing for a product that is not only user-friendly and safe, but one that can be used for a long time.
What is period poverty and how can menstrual cups play part in its reduction?
You might have seen news articles about people who cannot attend school or events because they do not have access to the sanitary products they need. A critical issue that is not only pressing in the rest of the world, but in Europe too. It is estimated that one out of ten girls cannot afford menstrual products in Europe. This is where education about the variety of hygiene products available for menstruation plays a key role. We can reduce period poverty by making cheaper alternatives more accessible.
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