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Reusable pads and tampons a guide for a healthy body and planet

4 Reasons why you should switch to reusable sanitary pads

By Leonie | Earth Friendly Habits

Jun 12

4 Top reasons to use reusable pads

Switching to reusable sanitary pads

As women we're presented with many challenges and obstacle's as we navigate through our forever changing hormones in our fast paced lifestyle that's getting faster by the day.

So I understand your need for disposable sanitary products if only to keep up with life's busy activities, but what is this choice of convenience having on the number one woman of all time, YOU! 


1. Pads & tampons above ground

The Australian Taxation department has slapped a goods and service tax GST onto all pads, tampons and other feminine sanitary products, as its seen as a 'luxury, non essential product' by the Australian Government. ( Recently the Australian Labour party and the Greens have been pushing for the removal of GST only on disposable products though, and we need it both on disposable & reusable sanitary products.

Personally I believe that fine dining, yachts and French champaign are luxury products!

Period tax facts:

  • As a woman you'll use 17,000 pads & tampons in your lifetime, more if your on hormone replacement therapy
  • 1063 packs of disposable sanitary products used in your lifetime
  • Price per pack between  $7 - $9
  • Price paid in your lifetime $7,000 - $10,000 
  • Tax you pay for your period luxury $1000++

2. What are tampons & pads made of:

Information on the materials used to make our sanitary products is limited, because they are labeled as medical devices by the manufacturer.  Not sure if the Australian Taxation department has this information on record, as the Australian Government still labels these products as a ‘luxury non essential item’

I'm sure you and every woman out there would like to know what exactly your placing on, around and inside your vaginal walls? Its important to me, so I guess since your reading this, its important to you too. Just like food is labeled, pads and tampons should be too.

All woman using these disposable sanitary products are exposed to harmful toxic chemicals every single month. 

Ever wondered why women are living in a world filled with such dis-eases; cervical cancer, cystitis, candida, poor mental health, IBS, thrush and a whole host of other vaginal conditions and the inability to fall pregnant.

Most indigenous cultures didn't have the complications us western women have with conception, mental illness, health issues etc, could the use of disposable sanitary products be the cause? 

Chemicals in sanitary pads and tampons:

  • According to the World Health Organisation, 20,000 people die from cancer and miscarriages each year as a result of the pesticides used when growing traditional cotton - the very same cotton that is used for tampons and sanitary pads.
  • Single use sanitary pads and tampons contain plastic, the equivalent of 4 plastic bags which of course is a recipe for a straight up toxic soup.
  • BPA & BPS found in sanitary products disrupt embryonic development and are causes of heart disease and cancer.
  • Phthalates are known to create an imbalance in gene expression.
  • DEHP (a chemical that makes plastic feel silk-like-soft to touch) may lead to multiple organ damage.
  • Synthetics & plastics restrict airflow, trap heat & dampness which could be the result of reoccurring yeast and UTI infections.
  • Chemicals introduced into your bio-fermenting environment (your body) will result in stress, leading to damage, dis-ease and sometimes terminal disease as it breaks down your bodies immune system.
  • Other hazardous ingredients such as odour neutralisers & fragrances that contain; artificial colours, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene PET, Polypropylene & Propylene glycol PEG will slowly interrupt hormone functions over time.
  • Chlorine bleach is used to bleach the tampons and sanitary pads, and when in contact with your body can create a byproduct called toxic dioxin, this can lead to the following health related points:
  • Tampons contain harmful pesticides which are used in the growing process of cotton, even organic cotton is laced with stuff you would’t like to drink, so why put it in and around your vagina. Ever wondered if the cotton is Genetically Modified Organisms GMO?
  • Rayon, which unfortunately can stick to the walls of your vagina and as you take your tampon out, it can leave traces of rayon to be absorbed into your skin or worse, taking your own delicate skin off with it too, ouch!
  • Viscose is also very similar to rayon with its super absorbency it too can get stuck to the delicate skin of your vagina.
  • Wood Fibres, bamboo and wood pulp - Which have also been drenched in pesticides and then treated with chemicals, and could be GMO.

3. Health risks associated with these chemicals 

There is no doubt in a logical thinking mind that the continual use of the chemicals that make up these products that are used month after month will have an impact on health and well-being. 

The epidemic of UTI's and thrush alone is enough to question, 'is single use sanitary products really a convenience'? You be the judge.

Symptoms from use of single use sanitary products:

  • Abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen & reproductive organs.
  • Abnormal cell growth throughout the body (think different forms of cancer)
  • Immune system suppression - Always having to fight some sort flu off?
  • Hormone & Endocrine system disruption
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Difficulty in conceiving a child
  • Miscarriage
  • Cancer
  • Urani Tract Infection - UTI
  • Candida over growth - Thrush
  • Irritable Bowl Syndrome - IBS
  • Bloated stomach
  • Migraines & Head Aches
  • Depression
  • Mental Illness


4. Where do used pads & tampons go?

They all end up in landfill. Single use items will out live you, your family and most probably the great barrier reef. This could be a tragedy if we don't stop these life destroying habits.

Somewhere along the line of human evolution we’ve managed to take one of the most natural & sacred cycles of a woman's life and successfully turned it into one of the biggest causes of destruction.

Period pollution facts:

  • 45 BILLION disposable tampons and sanitary pads are being used every year all over the world.
  • Resulting in 3.2 MILLION KG of waste every.single.year
  • Tampons and pads end up in landfill where they don't break down.
  • Tampons and pads are unfortunately flushed down the toilet ending up in our sensitive ocean
  • 500-800 years is the time it takes for each sanitary tampon and pad to break down in landfill
  • This is also the same for single use babies nappies, made from the same toxic chemicals as mentioned above

Your next step:

You've just learn't why you should be switching to reusable sanitary products; the amount of tax your paying for this luxury item, the chemicals used to make them, health risk associated with using them and of course the amount of pollution they are causing in our world.

These things need to change, if you are a woman reading this, or know a woman then forward this onto them, this information needs to be shared throughout the world! 

You have the power in your hands to make a change from a toxic life to a life of abundant health and longevity for you, our daughters, wives, fiancees, mothers, grand mothers, sisters aunties, cousins, friends and all the amazing people who benefit from these goddess women.

Things you can do NOW:

  • Head on over to my favourite online shop Flora & Fauna to purchase your monthly supplies (World Wide Shipping)!
  • The best Menstrual Cup from OrganiCup you can get here, I've found this one to be supper comfortable and easy to insert, plus I wear it when I'm pole dancing. I can guarantee you that I've never experienced a leakage with this menstrual cup.
  • I Love these period panties from Modibodi, they are supper absorbent, especially to wear at nighttime. They come in a range of designs and are supper comfortable, no-one would know you were wearing them, even if you wanted to wear them with a tight fitting dress or jeans..  
  • Reusable period pads by HannaPad are so comfortable, using the best and softest organic cotton! 
  • More Information on Reusable Menstrual Cups
  • Great info on How To Use A Menstrual Cup
  • Start using reusable pads and menstrual cups NOW!
  • Stop using single use sanitary products!!!
  • Share this post with your loved ones, knowledge is power!

I know this was a long post for you to devour, thank you for taking the time to digest the key points. I hope you found this information useful and has given you clarity on disposable pads and tampons V's re-usable menstrual products. Have you made the change? Feel free and supported to comment below.

About the Author

I believe that we don't have to move away from the city to renew our Earths resources, instead we need to move towards a lifestyle thats healthy for us and our Earth.