Let’s talk periods. Actually not. Let’s talk sustainability. In our own small ways, many of us are taking steps towards becoming sustainable. We try to use less plastic bags, not take straws while ordering juices, carry our own water wherever we go and so on. This is great! Because it is high time we started picking up after our own mess. As a homemaker, I am in charge of amping up our sustainability game inside the house, right? Here’s how I have truly learnt that ‘Charity and everything else, begins at home’.
If you live in a community set up, you would have been handed two dust bins or a letter that asks you to segregate your waste – decomposable and non-decomposable. At first, it felt like a hindrance. ‘Why can’t I just chuck everything into the bin together? It’s all waste anyway!’ is usually the initial thought. But slowly, you turn conscious about how much you are wasting and how much of it is the kind of waste that does no good to the environment.
For me, as a mother, this enlightenment happened when I discovered cloth diapering in 2015. My in-laws had never warmed up to the use of disposable diapers. My mother-in-law and mom were game on washing dozens of nappies, because they felt it was the best for the child. I know so much laundry sounds exhausting, but the winning point is the eco-friendliness and baby friendliness. With Lishaan I cloth diapered everywhere we went. I sort of became an evangelist of the CDing movement. It was a great high. You were reusing, not adding to pollution and of course, finding cuter bum cover options than the regular whites. If this was for him, then what about me?
Periods every month meant close to 15 sanitary napkins. This multiplied by several months and years sums up to a towering number. SCARY! I remember discussing a menstrual cup with my gynecologist at one point. I got pregnant with Isha so I never got around to using the cup until about three months back. And i decided to jump the sustainable menstruation wagon this time for sure.
Before I talk about how cool reusable pads and menstrual cups are, I must admit I am guilty. I couldn’t cloth diaper Isha as I wished because it was too much handling two kids as it is and I really didn’t like the scene of dirty diapers waiting for me to wash them clean. I went the disposable diapers way and I think my idea of equating that imbalance was to join the sustainable menstruation movement.
For about three cycles now, I am what people call a ‘cupvert’ and it has been a liberating experience. There’s very less to go wrong with using a cup and if you get the basics right, you literally feel period-free. The cup holds almost a day’s quantity of blood and is pretty leak free. The best part is that you can pick a size that would suit you in terms of height of the stem and the cup size. One cup can last you years. I am a newbie cupvert, so I suggest you read THIS to know more about menstrual cups. Apart from it being convenient, it also is healthy and very safe. Again, if done right, you can enjoy a stress free cycle and involve in activities that you wouldn’t have thought of while on a pad. I must also add that younalmyou forget that you have your periods because there’s no bulky wet mess moving side to side in your undergarment nor is there the fear of overload and leaking.
The pads? They are leakproof cloth pads made by EcoFemme (you get many other brands too) and I am using them as a backup to keep any leak in check.o
Together these save you money & embarrassment (well, I felt queasy with the hiding a pad, using paper to dispose it silently or even worrying about someone seeing a flashy green plastic in my bag) and of course the sustainable menstruation movement helps you do your bit for the world you live in!
~ The Lazy Parent