The New Famine Product


When we think of green washing, famine products don’t really “come to mind” if you are a male. And most of the time it doesn’t come to a woman’s mind as well. I just got to the store and pick out the same products I have always used. But apparently tampons and sanitary pads can be “green-washed”. It is gross to think about in some cases, but how could women survive without out these disposable products? Most women would use rags, cotton or sheep’s wool in their underwear to handle their menstrual cycle. Today, tampons are being made without applicators, like O.B., claim to save up to one pound of landfill waste per women, per year by foregoing applicators. But they do not mention the tons of herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, fungicides and other chemicals used to produce cotton crops in the United States. In my defense, with using these chemicals, there is nothing about them that are saving the planet when they are in garbage disposals. The landfills are already polluted but other things that will not be biodegradable. Brand name tampon applicators contain petroleum-based plastics that are not biodegradable, and where do they go… the landfill. So how’s that for the monthly contribution? The O.B. brand is physically taking away the applicator, but women do not know how to make the switch because they do not know how to use this new invention.

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2 thoughts on “The New Famine Product

  1. I just bought two packs of these yesterday 🙂 They are really not bad once you get used to using them, but I do still feel guilty for the amount of waste I am sending to the landfill. The are tons of other options, too. Here is a video from Lacey Green about alternative menstruation products (if anyone is interested!)

    I think I will try the moon/diva cup or something similar next.

    Chelsea Walters


  2. Good eye catching topic choice here. I hadn’t yet heard of these yet so very interesting find. I do think it is an idea that could work although would take time for consumers to get used to. Hopefully consumers will actually test out the applicator-less product instead of just going with another type they are already used to. If this happens and the new product isn’t successful then the company will do away with this new product all in the name of supply and demand. However if they do give up on this product too soon they should be careful of the image they present in giving up on tidying up the environment as well which I’m sure is not the image the company would want to represent and who knows maybe they’ll save enough money in production to continue this trend regardless of other consumer options anyway.
    -Tymandra Amburgy-


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