13 September 2007

I Swear I am not Making this Up

Another public service announcement from the Clark St. Blog...

GladRags, a leading manufacturer of alternative menstrual products, is pleased to announce the Moon Cup. The Moon Cup is a tampon alternative made from medical-grade silicone that is designed to "catch" the menstrual flow rather than absorbing it... Soft and durable, the product should last for 10 years before needing replacement and can save a woman as much as $800 over the lifetime of the cup. The Moon Cup is made in the U.S.

It is estimated that a woman will use as many as 16,000 tampons over the course of her life. A 1998 study concluded that 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion sanitary pads were disposed of in one year's time. These products, often laden with chemicals such as dioxins, end up in landfills and sewer systems, sometimes even washing up on U.S. coastlines.

Yes, the company is actually called GladRags. Here's the website in case you still think I'm making it up.


Anonymous said...

That is actually inspired by a French product called "Le Cup" that has been around for a very long time.

It's a good idea to think of using cloth products instead of continuing to fill landfills with single-use sanitary items.

Anonymous said...

I hate to take the pro-"bulk-up-landfill" argument but, number one, I can't imagine these items taking up a significant percentage of landfill space, and, two, tampons are precisely the sort of thing that deserves landfill space to begin with.

I'm recycling cans and driving a smaller car, but this is asking too much of most people.

WestEnder said...

I'm grateful that I don't have to make a decision on this matter.

ohdave said...

I say we just confine women to isolation for a period and declare them "unclean."

It's all right there in Leviticus. I guess the wingnuts are right: the Bible has an answer for everything.