Almost 500 million pads are discarded into landfill every month!
An average woman will use around 16,000 or more tampons or pads in her lifetime. That’s 7 billion tampons and pads landing in landfills each year. Most of them contain chemicals, toxins, additives and synthetic materials such as plastic. The plastics, first of all, take a very long time to breakdown. Second, they also end up leaking into nature, and polluting our rivers, lakes, streams and world.
Most women in big cities and towns go for commercial disposable sanitary napkins (DSN) not knowing that some of these products pose health hazards due to its chemical cocktail content (dioxin, furan, pesticides and other endocrine disruptors), said experts.
With no knowledge of how to dispose them off, most women just throw them in the garbage bin which usually gets mixed up with dry, wet and hazardous waste.Apart from the fact that it cannot be recycled, the exposed sanitary napkin poses grave health risks for the waste collector.
The problem does not end here. The plastic layer which is used to make it stain-free and the chemicals used in producing it get further transferred between soil, water and air, experts added.
Affecting health directly on the user.
Disposable feminine hygiene products contain chemicals and pesticides that aren’t good for your body. It’s uncertain what exactly they are because companies in the USA aren’t required to disclose ingredients. This is because pads and tampons are considered “medical devices.” Source: Huffington Post.
The chemical cocktail content (dioxin, furan, pesticides and other endocrine disruptors) comes from the cotton used in them and the chemicals from the manufacturing process.
Women's Voices for the Earth tested P&G's Always pads, it found the sanitary napkins emitted chemicals, like styrene, chloroethane and chloroform.
The World Health Organization classifies styrene as a carcinogen. And the EPA says short-term exposure to high concentrations of chloromethane can have neurological effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says high levels of exposure to chloroethane can result in lack of muscle coordination and unconsciousness.
However, all the levels are accapetable under federal regulations. In a statement, Women's Voices for the Earth said, "While the levels of the toxic chemicals emitted by Always pads were relatively low, their presence warrants health concerns for women."
You can alleviate this problem to some extent by using organic options, although these are more expensive.But only at the initial stage. Along the years you are saving more money and most importantly your health a less at risks and the environment are cared for.