There are still some things that I haven't really had to deal with yet regarding eliminating or reducing waste. One of those things I will have to face any day now... it's those feminine hygiene products (this is your warning to skip this post if you don't want to read about them).
So today I took the plunge and ordered myself a diva cup. It was time.
Back when my middle girl was a newborn baby, I wanted to be environmentally friendly so I got a keeper. It was a bad decision to start using something like this so soon after my second vaginal delivery, and I kind of got scared of it so I tucked it away in a deep dark corner with the general intention to forget about it. I always figured that someday I would come back to it - and I was right... however, I didn't expect it to take so long. I still have that keeper but something tells me that I should get something new... I mean, it has been 11 years. The keeper was made from natural rubber, and I'm not sure if it is still safe to use. I did email the company and ask them if there was any chance that it was still usable, but I haven't heard from them yet (I am not counting on it still being good).
Meanwhile, I won't have enough tampons to get me through the next flow, and I didn't want to take the risk with that old keeper, so I ordered the diva cup. The more that I think and read about it, the more I wonder why it took me so long to get one! If I consider that the average woman will use about 10,000 tampons and pads in her lifetime, then I can only hope to be one less contributor of these things to our landfills now.
And let's not forget about pads and liners - there are many options here. I have some old glad rags (or maybe they are luna pads) that I still use a bit, but I need more now. So, I could check out etsy and see what other people are making and try to support them, or I could just make my own. I kind of like this idea best because I have plenty of cloth lying around and it's a no cost solution.
Here is a nice list of the alternatives that are our there for alternative and environmentally friendly menstrual products.
And let's not forget the cost savings when I no longer have to buy tampons and liners anymore... I'm looking at saving at least $100 a year.
If you are looking for more info on the diva cup, check here.