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Guide: Never throw away another feminine hygiene product

Steps to get it done:

Check out this guide, and get motivated
Before the 1930s, one-time-use menstrual products, like pads and tampons, did not exist. Women used cloth rags, which could be rewashed and lasted for years. There's no reason not to do something similar now; a range of reusable products is available to suit a wide variety of preferences. It might seem a little weird at first, but picture a lifetime of used menstrual products polluting landfills, sewer systems and even oceans - now that's really disgusting. Accept your body, respect the earth, and buy some reusable products. You'll save money while reducing your environmental impact.
Step 1: Get over the idea that reusable products are gross.
Your great-grandmother probably used them; even your grandmother may have. So did every woman before her. Gotchas:If this step proves impossible, check out eco-friendly disposables.
Step 2: Decide which products you would like
A little research is in order -- available products include:
* cotton pads from vendors like GladRags and Lunapads
*Latex and latex-free rubber cups like DivaCup, The Keeper and Moon Cup
*Sea Sponge Tampons, which can be reused for several months (other products last for years) Gotchas:
Step 3: Buy some! (Or, make your own)
Reusable products are often available at small, "alternative" food shops and cooperatives. If you don't have one of those around, you can order on-line.

If you are feeling crafty, you can even make your own pads. Instructions are available at Tiny Birds Organics. Gotchas:
Step 4: Care for your products
Follow the instructions that come with your product; it isn't difficult! Cups usually just need to be wiped off during your period, and soaked in soapy water at the end; cotton pads should be rinsed in cold water and then washed by hand or thrown in the laundry machine.
Step 5: Enjoy the benefits!
In addition to the money you'll save, you'll also be able to pack lighter. You'll never have to make an emergency trip to the drug store or clean up after your curious dog digs through the bathroom trash.
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