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Sanitary pads

Why did I start to use reusable pads this summer?

Recently, I started to use reusable sanitary pads with bamboo layer (from Teamoy; found on Amazon). I was initially scared that they won’t be comfortable or absorbent enough. However, these pads are very comfy, breatheable, easy to wash, and my skin feels much better than with non-reusable pads. Also, it feels great to know that I reduce amount of plastic being produced, save money (an average woman spends around £5,000 on sanitary products per her lifetime), and don’t get exposed to potential carcinogens (e.g. styrene, chloroethane, chloroform). I believe it would be great if the government could fund such sanitary pads or encourage their use. You know what – I’ll contact my local MP about it. 🙂

Plastic in pads:

‘90% of a menstrual pad is plastic. Plastic products take up to a thousand years to decompose. Conventional disposable menstrual products made from 90% plastic – along with their packaging generate 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. This figure of 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste (including tampons, pads and applicators) generated per year in the UK comes from our calculations based on AHPMA’s figure of 4.3 billion menstrual products being used per year in the UK. If each woman uses between 11,000‐16,000 tampons and pads in their lifetime, that’s about 32 items per period. This works out to approximately 200kgs of tampons, pads and applicators thrown away in a lifetime of menstruating for one woman (either going to landfill or down the toilet).’

Resource: LONDON ASSEMBLY. Environment Committee. ‘Single‐use plastics: Unflushables’ (Aug 2018)

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Mini beast hotel /bug houses

Our Cubs had a zoom meeting last week where they learned about insects and mini beast in their local surroundings. They did a quiz and drew some great pictures. This week they have built mini beast hotels to put in their gardens and have done a great job.

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Switching to bamboo cotton buds!

As we need to use cotton buds dozens of times a day at work (in a veterinary hospital), we have now switched to biodegradable bamboo buds to cut down on our plastic waste!

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Imperfection sometimes makes things (and people) prettier

If you are as clumsy as I am you may have a lot of broken things. Don’t throw it away: You can either ignore the flaw or reuse the item.

As you see in the picture I dropped one of my favorite mugs. But I love the pattern, so I decided to turn it into my new pencil holder – and I even like it with the little flaw that tells the story of a little sunday morning accident.

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Old technics = garbage?

It seems that the lifespan of electrical equipment shrank in the past few years. But not because it gets broken so fast, but rather because we tend to buy new stuff more often. I think that’s not necessary. Well, not always.

I used my old laptop for ten years before heavy-heartedly I bought a new one. My speakers that you can see in the picture are about fifteen years old and my stereo is … hm, antique? I love them for being very reliable devices with high quality standards.

Note: Please check the electricity consumption of your equipment. If they consume too much electricity a new device is more eco-friendly. And: If you decide to throw away any electrical device, make sure that you dispose it properly.

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