By Fredrica Syren:
We live in a society of convenience. Of course, modern day menstrual pads and tampons have made feminine hygiene easier and more convenient. Unfortunately, as with most convenient things, they have a devastating effect on the environment as well as women’s health because they contain lots of harmful chemicals.
When I learned this, I gave up on conventional tampons and pads right there and then. So, what are the options for any woman wanting to go green and toxin free? I have been using a diva cup as well as reusable cloth panty liners. I like panty liners from Garden of Eden because they are both absorbent and comfortable. Reusable panty liners are super easy to use, to wash, and — as an extra plus — they save both money and the planet. For nighttime, I use a maxi pad that’s a little longer and have a few more layers at the core. They can be washed by hand or in the washing machine. In cold weather I use the washing machine. I like to air dry mine, but you can also dry them in a dryer.