An Heirloom to Remember

For most of us, heirlooms are important. So important, that more often than not, families and communities have entire traditions based around them – and as recipients of these heirlooms, receivers have to take utmost care to pass it onto their successors intact or even bettered, over time. With so much care taken for simple artifacts and memorabilia, it is for many (as it should be for all), a concern that the planet we are leaving behind for the next generation – is not cared for and certainly not one to be proud of.

Before we begin and talk about global strategies, though – let’s talk about ourselves and our lifestyles. Much has been spoken, written, screamed and sung about the harm of single use plastic straws, bottles, carry bags and more. In reality, a relatively less spoken about major contributor from women in particular – is menstrual waste.

In an estimate for research, it was found that an average woman goes through approximately 11,000 disposable pads and/or tampons in a lifetime. When we multiply that with the number of menstruating people on the planet….. that’s a scary number. What’s worse is that the decomposition of each discarded plastic or synthetic based pad and tampon, takes a few centuries more than the user’s lifespan. In addition to this, the process of manufacturing these products – turning wood into soft, cotton-like fibres – is both resource- and chemical-intensive.

Where a year’s worth of disposable period products leave a carbon footprint equivalent to 5.3 kg carbon dioxide, it’s safe to say the next time we think of leaving behind a legacy of our own or even come across a situation where we’re leaving behind something for our children and grand-children, we will all sleep a little better each night, knowing that we aren’t leaving behind our menstrual waste in landfills and on the planet for them to find not decomposed.

Organic Cotton tampons from Peach are made from 100% natural cotton and are therefore, biodegradable, environment friendly and leave behind nothing but a satisfied user, without the guilt of having contributed to the Earth’s decline.

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