Updated: Oct 20, 2021
Every month, women have to do the bulk shopping of toiletries that can last the whole menstrual cycle. These include sanitary towels, tampons or panty liners for those light days at the beginning and end of the periods. But the confusing question always remain, how bad are these menstrual cycle toiletries for the environment? Well, some say they are made of cotton, therefore, biodegradable.
So, we can generally agree that it may not be so bad, but how about the cumulative effects? From puberty, women will use disposable pads for their entire lifetime. Interestingly, they are only used once and disposed. Most people never have to wonder where it will end up once it has lost its usefulness.
Considering the amount of pads and tampons used in a lifetime, doesn’t it amount to a lot? Do they end up at the right place or in landfills or do they end up disrupting environmental channels and pathways? While still pondering about all this, here are some of the noted concerns why disposable pads can be harmful to the environment.
As much as pads and tampons are mostly made from cotton, they also have plastic components and of course the problem of plastic pollution is widely known. For instance, tampons and pads are wrapped in plastic packaging, pads use waterproof plastic backing.