My reusable sanitary towels journey
I am an environmentalist, before the questions begin, yes, trash really gets under my skin, like literally disturbs me and two I love Rwanda because it takes hours of driving around Kigali before you spot any waste paper. When I was doing my campus project, I ventured into solid waste and specifically chose a topic on of the effects disposable pads and diapers to the environment.
According to my undergrad research, I discovered that it takes 500 years for these disposable sanitary towels and diapers to decompose. The average woman uses approximately 11000 to 14000 pads in her lifetime, a baby uses approximately 1500 diapers or more per year. Disposable sanitary pads and diapers also may have some effect on the human health. While I could go on and on about my research, I resolved to do something about it.
I talked to my girlfriends about the reusable pads, only a few had heard about them and none used them. I set a goal to survey the pads in the local supermarkets and after my failed attempt to get them, I finally decided to order them on Jumia, two weeks later my precious little contribution to the environment had been delivered.
I was quite skeptical about them, would they leak, would they be efficient, I had the regular disposable pads at hand, just in case. Well, I loved using the reusable sanitary towels, they are efficient, clean and they prevent the occasional thrush mostly caused by disposable pads. The best part about them is that they reduce your carbon footprint as a woman, if you are already vegan then you just get more efficient.
You also don’t get to buy sanitary towels once in every month, the reusable sanitary towels are a money saving tool, with just a wash and a hang in the sun, which is a great sterilizer, they can be a very handy tool for everyone. Janet Mbugua talks about period choices in her YouTube channel, and another option is the menstrual grace cup.
So, the next time you decide to help a needy girl or a need for change, you can get some reusable pads which can last up to a year with proper care or the menstrual cup which can last much longer. In the long run we get to conserve the environment and our health.
Proper sterilization should be considered though and these pads should be washed and properly dried after use to prevent bacterial growth which can cause vaginal infections. While these reusable pads are not perfect, it is definitely better to have a large variety of options.
You can order them on jumia. The prices differ according to the number you need and the sizes of pads required, bigger sizes for heavier flow and smaller for lighter or you can get a mix and match variety. Soaking your reusable pad immediately after use can be helpful to avoid staining and carrying a small zip-lock bag or the the small bags when travelling can come in handy when up and about.