FEATURE: Loving the Moon
Welcome to Helen (not pictured) from Edinburgh, a new member of the City Hippy crew. In her first post (and we hope there will be more) she tells us about an eco alternative for Feminine hygiene.
Used feminine hygiene products fill a lot of landfill but Mooncups offer an eco-friendly solution. They are better for the environmental health of the planet as well as better for your personal health.This sounds like a great idea obviously although being a guy and never having had to deal with the reality of menstruation I have no frame of reference. There seem to be a lot of reusable pad alternatives out there like Wemoon Menstrual Pads available from Plushpants and PleasurePuss reusable sanitary pads from Menstruation.com.au. Anyone got any other ideas? Let us know.
Mooncups are made from medical grade non-allergenic Silicon and use no bleaches, deodorisers or absorbency gels.
They are usually about two inches long and they collect, rather than absorb, thus requiring far less attention than other products. Mooncups also help avoid fibres being deposited on the vaginal wall which may increase your chances of suffering with cervical cancer.
Mooncups do not interfere with your sex life (Yippee!) and also makes you less likely to suffer from Toxic Shock Syndrome. This makes it especially valuable for those not yet sexually active as Toxic Shock Syndrome is most commonly a problem between the ages of fifteen and nineteen.
I can highly recommend Mooncups from personal experience. Despite it taking me a while to get the hang of it it was well worth the extra effort.
I have now had the same Mooncup for two years and can expect to keep it for another six or so.
They cost about £18 to buy but after six months having not had to buy any disposable alternatives I have easily covered my costs.
Mooncups are available at www.mooncups.co.uk or in many branches of Boots.