“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.
Disclaimer: this is a post about menstrual products – if you don’t want to read about that kind of thing, I totally dig it, but you’re going to want to stop reading now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Icky girl stuff imminent.
So my introduction to the concept of menstrual cups came, as so many great things do, after a friend and I drank way too much alcohol and got into one of those conversations where you just tell each other tons of embarrassing things. She told me she never used tampons and when I asked what she did use she told me about the Diva Cup. I’ll confess right now that my first reaction was a mature and well-considered: “Ewwwwww!!”
But then I actually looked into it and was convinced to give it a try. This thing is so cool, I seriously don’t know why women are still shoving gross balls of bleached and chemical filled cotton up their business. It’s 2011, it’s time for a better system.
I’ll spare you too many details – just go read the description and reviews on Amazon if you’re interested, or check out their website at DivaCup.com. But I’ll tell you my favorite things about it:
- It’s eco-friendly – no more wasting all that paper/cotton/whatever tampons are made out of.
- It’s cheap – you buy it once and never need to buy tampons again!
- You will never not have a tampon again. Think about that – since you just rinse it and put it back in, you will never find yourself in an emergency situation involving giant wads of toilet paper or whispered pleas to your friends again.
- No string or anything else hanging out, keeping it nice and subtle (and way better for the beach!)
And to get extra bonus eco points, you can also switch to fabric pantiliners or pads if you use those (the Diva Cup is pretty good at not leaking but sometimes you still want backup) – search for “organic pantiliners” on Etsy and you’ll have a zillion options. They fold up into cute little packets you can keep in your purse and then just throw in the wash when you’re done with them.
Hopefully I haven’t grossed anyone out with all this information. Anyone else out there use a diva cup or fabric pads or am I turning into a crazy crunchy hippie without even realizing it? Anyone think they might give it a try? I swear these things are so convenient and sanitary I’d totally use them even if I didn’t care about the planet.
UPDATE: I have now also tried these as another option and they work really well too! They are reusable and eco friendly and a lot less messy than you might think!
Note: Nobody has paid me in any way to endorse these products, I just genuinely like them and want to share my enthusiasm with you. If you click the link and buy them from Amazon I’ll make like 37 cents through their affiliate program, so that would be sweet, but that’s the only compensation happening around here.