5 Ways to Save Money by Going Green

5 Ways to Save Money by Going Green

Today I am going to talk about how you can save money by going green! There are so many reasons why going green is so important. Earlier this month, NASA published an article stating that 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agree that “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities”.

5 ways to save money by going green

 

We are past the stage of denial and must take a stance to change our current course of carbon output. Climate change, global warming, and resource depletion is a serious challenge that is going to take effort on the part of every person on this planet.

In fact, the world has just over a decade to get climate change under control.

In 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed by the majority of the world’s leaders and put into effect. Unfortunately, in August of 2017, the Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the agreement.

A recent UN report found the world’s annual carbon dioxide emission would have to be on a steep decline by 2030 to hold the world below a 1.5° Celsius increase.

Shockingly, the current carbon emission output amounts to more than 40 billion tons per year, and that amount is increasing not decreasing.

What is the difference between 1.5° and 2° Celsius?

Globalnews.ca provides a quick overview of what the .5° means for us and the planet.

 

 

 

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The Little Things: Eco-friendly Alternatives

 

Are you interested in reducing your environmental footprint, but don’t know where to start?

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Going green is imperative to you and your family’s health and survival. Making changes to your daily habits may be challenging at first, but don’t worry soon they will become a part of your routine.

Below I have listed 5 ways for you to go green and save money by doing so!

 

 

Rechargeable Batteries:

 

Americans purchase approximately 3 billion batteries a year.

Around two-thirds of these batteries wind up in the trash. Unfortunately, cadmium, nickel, and lead can leach from the landfills and end up contaminating our groundwater resources.

Amazon Rechargeable battery chargerAccording to Battery University, battery-powered energy costs between $68 to more than $400 per kilowatt-hour.

In contrast, depending on where you live, electricity costs between 7 to 19 cents per kilowatt-hour (according to the Energy Information Administration).

Meaning that batteries are extremely inefficient and costly for their energy output.

Batteries are an easy to replace single-use item. Just imagine all of the packaging, transportation, and resource waste we can prevent by using rechargeable batteries.

A popular blog called the Simple Dollar shows how you can save $77.44 annually by switching over to rechargeable batteries.AAA Rechargeable Batteries (12-Pack)

The blog mentions that there is a start-up cost for purchasing the rechargeable batteries and the wall charger.

The big picture overview is that the savings over the life of the batteries more than make up the cost of throwing away one-time use batteries.

Not to mention the overall benefit to the environment, your health, and the additional trips saved to the store!

AA Rechargeable Batteries (8-Pack)Rechargeable batteries are like LED light bulbs. They cost a lot more upfront than their conventional counterparts, but their extended lifespan makes them far more cost efficient in the long run.

This charger is able to recharge both AAA and AA batteries. Click here to view the charger details and here to purchase additional AA and AAA batteries.

 

 

 

 

Paperless Napkins:

 

Did you know that 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used EVERY year in the U.S.?

If each U.S. household uses one less 70-sheet roll, 554,000 trees could be saved annually!Paperless towel

**Click here to read why microfibers are so awful for the environment (hint:1,900+ tiny plastic fibers are released per wash cycle into our water resources which we eventually eat).

These paperless kitchen napkins are handmade from natural unbleached cotton birdseye fabric.

They come in a set of 10 and can be thrown in the laundry for easy cleaning.

Dimensions: 11×12 inches (28×30.5 cm)

Say on average you purchase one pack of paper towels (8 rolls) each month for $8, these paperless napkins pay for themselves after 2.5 months! 

That means that you save $76 for the rest of the year in which you purchase the paperless towels. The next year and each year after that, you will save $8 x 12months = $96 per year! 

Moreover, these paperless napkins are unbleached. Just imagine how much bleach is put into our environment to produce white paper towels.

Click here to start saving money and quit using single-use paper towels.

 

 

Reusable Silicone Bags: 

 

Another shocking statistic that will blow your mind is the fact that Ziploc® bags and their off-brand counterparts have become so prevalent that the average United States family uses 500 Ziploc bags each year!

The United States has an estimated population of 326 million people. With an average family size of 2.8 people (U.S. Census Data), that means that the United States alone uses an average of 58 million Ziploc® bags per year!

Single-use plastic is the worst 🙁

If each family uses 500 Ziploc® bags per year (1-quart bags come in a box of 50 and each box costs $5), then an average family spends $50 in Ziploc® bags per year.

Save money by switching over to these re-sealable silicone bags today.

What’s more is that for the same $50 you are spending a year on Ziploc® bags, you can purchase 2.5 sets of these silicon bags.

The silicone bags are heavy duty and will last you for many years to come, so this plastic-free swap will keep saving you money year after year!

Moreover, they are non-allergenic, non-reactive, and hygienic. They do not contain BPA, PVC, petroleum, estrogen-mimicking compounds, and are latex-free.

These bags can basically handle it all!!!

They can be safely used in the microwave, refrigerator, toaster, freezer, and dishwasher!

The silicon bags can handle a temperature range from -58℉  to 482℉ and can hold 30 fl oz (4 cups or 1 quart) of food or liquid.

They are airtight and come with a lifetime warranty!!

 

 

 

EcoFriendly Coffee Maker:

 

To truly embrace a sustainable lifestyle you need to quit as many single-use products as possible. 

This Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker comes with a stainless steel mesh filter that helps extract your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors. Typically, paper filters absorb these flavors and essential oils.

The coffee carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with a cork band that is both functional and elegant.

It comes in various sizes: 17oz, 34oz, 51oz, and 68 oz.

To get a hold of your dishwasher-safe coffee maker today click here.  

 

 

 

LED Light Bulbs:

 

Sustainable LED lights

Did you know that space heating is the largest consumer of electricity in the U.S. (41%), followed by appliances, electronics, and lighting (35%)?

If you are interested in saving money on your next electricity bill, be sure to download my FREE Home Energy Audit Guide!

 

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Remember, fossil fuels and coal make up nearly 62%  of how we generate electricity in the U.S.

Save up to 86% on your electric bill that is devoted to lighting with Sunco LED light bulbs.

They have a whopping 35,000-hour lifespan and you can use them both in and outdoors.

The Sunco LED light bulbs are Energy Star rated, which means that they meet strict efficiency, quality and product lifetime criteria.

Moreover, the manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty!

 

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview:

 

Save money today by becoming a Sustainability Hero. Click here to visit the Sustainability Shop today.

Reduce your single-use waste output and pledge to go plastic free!

Becoming a Sustainability Hero has health, environment, and budget benefits🙂

Sustainability is an important topic that we need to address.

If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you then take the pledge to become a conscious consumer today!

Start by changing simple habits and using products that are sustainable/reusable.

 

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How Silicone Can Save the World From Plastic

How Silicone Can Save the World From Plastic

Why is silicone better than plastic you ask? Silicone is made from naturally occurring materials like silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. Moreover, it resists oxidative deterioration (i.e. normal aging) for decades and studies have shown that it actually thrives on challenges.

 

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Silicon is able to experience a wide range of temperatures from extreme heat and cold, to exposure to harsh chemicals, sterilization, rain, snow, salt spray, ultraviolet radiation, ozone, and even acid rain.

Silicone is more environmentally friendly and is also more inert than plastic. This means that silicone does not leach chemicals into your food when used for food storage or during the cooking process.

In recent years, silicone bakeware has received a lot of attention. Its ability to go from the oven to the fridge to the freezer without any breaks in between has increased its popularity. 

What’s more is that silicone products are microwave, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer safe! It can handle a wide range of temperatures and offers non-stick properties.

In fact, experts even recommend you skip greasing silicon baking dishes because oil is not necessary and makes for an easier cleanup.

Another reason why silicone beats plastic is that plastic has a rigid form and often cracks under pressure or melts at medium to high temperatures.

Moreover, when plastics are recycled, most plastic give off noxious and toxic fumes that add to the creation of acid rain.

This article is going to cover how you can save money, reduce your use of single use-products, eat healthier, and be more environmentally friendly by adding silicone to your daily routine 🙂

 

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The Healthier Option:

 

Silicone is the undisputed champion when it comes to offering a highly durable and reusable material. Unlike plastic, silicon does not leak or contain estrogen-mimicking chemicals. 

Doctors, scientists, and regulators have published a wide array of studies linking health problems to the use of BPA and other environmental toxins that leach into our system through the use of plastic.

Clearly, silicon is the more healthy and environmentally friendly option.

Here are a few helpful silicone swaps!

 

Silicone Cooking Utensils:

 

The MIBOTE 11-pieces wooden cooking utensil set is made with 100% non-corrosive materials. Moreover, the food grade silicone does not react with foods/beverages or produce any hazardous fumes. 

Silicon Cooking utensils

Of course, the silicone tips are ultra heat resistant and can withstand a temperature range between -40°F and 446°F.

Silicon is naturally non-stick and stain-resistant which makes for a hassle-free cleanup!

MIBOTE uses wooden handles that are environmentally friendly and won’t rust like some metal utensils might.

Quit scratching your pots and pans with metal utensils or accidentally melting your plastic ones.

Click here to check out more details on this utensil set.

 

 

Magic Brush Scrubber Gloves:

 

The Magic Saksak reusable brush scrubber gloves make cleaning super fast and easy! They can be used to wash the dishes, clean the tub/shower, or even for pet care. 

This soft glove is made of high-quality food grade silicone that  Silicon Gloves can be sterilized in boiled water, the microwave, or in a dishwasher.

Tired of replacing your kitchen sponge?

The Magic Saksak glove is long lasting and very durable.

Additionally, they keep your skin safe from getting dish-pan-hands (a condition of dryness, redness, and scaling of the hands that results from repeated exposure to cleaning materials).

Get a hold of your Magic Saksak gloves today and save money and the environment by not having to purchase replacement sponges every month.

 

 

Silicone Ice Cube or Candy/Cake Molds:


silicon ice cube trays

The OZERA silicone ice cube molds are made of food grade silicone and are of course BPA, PVC, and phthalate free. 

The molds come in a pack of 2 and each tray contains 15 squares. 

Dimensions: 1.25-inch square ice cubes.

Its perfect for freezing 1-ounce servings of homemade or pureed baby food, sauces, whiskey ice cubes, or as a mold for perfectly cubed fudge or candy. 

The OZERA mold makes a great gift for the upcoming holidays!

Moreover, the manufacturer offers a 100% money back guarantee and comes with a lifetime warranty. This is a totally risk-free purchase. Click here to grab one today 🙂

 

 

Hiware Drinking Straws:

 

silicone strawsThe United States National Park Service estimates that Americans use 500 million straws per day.

Technomic (a firm that focuses on the foodservice market), recently estimated that nearly 63 billion straws were used last year.

Companies across the world are starting to take notice and beginning to change how they offer their products.  A National Geographic article notes that,

“Starbucks plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020McDonald’s recently announced it will ban plastic straws at its U.K. and Ireland restaurants. Bon Appétit Management, a food service company with 1,000 U.S. locations, announced last May it will [also] phase out plastic straws.”

I am excited to see that the world is beginning to take notice of the impact that humans are having on Mother Nature.

The switch to a sustainable world does not mean that we have to give up all luxuries and live in the stone age. We just need to use products that are easy to reuse, recycle, and are biodegradable.

Each one of us gets to choose which luxuries we want to keep in our lives. If you love drinking from a straw, then do it responsibly 🙂

The Hiware silicone drinking straws come in a pack of 8 assorted colors and are accompanied by 2 cleaning brushes.

Due to their slightly thicker diameter, they are great for drinking smoothies, milkshakes, and yogurts.

These straws fit most large tumblers including Yeti and RTIC. The straws are slightly larger than your average straw, but that’s ok because they are flexible and can be squeezed into smaller openings without out issue.

Dimensions: Approximately 10 inch in length and 0.45 inches in exterior diameter.

The best part is that the manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee! 

Click here to grab your straws today.

 

 

AmazonBasics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups:

 

silicon baking cups

These AmazonBasics Reusable Baking Cups come in a pack of 12 value and makes an excellent gift for any occasion.

Save the environment by grabbing these cost-saving alternative baking cups to one-time use paper cups.

Effortless food release means that no greasing or cooking spray is needed.

Of course, these cups are freezer, microwave, oven (up to 500 degrees F), and dishwasher safe. Not to mention, they are also stain and odor resistant. 

Get ready for the holidays and give a gift that will keep giving.

Silicon is healthier, more environmentally friendly, and will save you money because you can reuse these baking cups over and over again.

You can’t beat a one and done deal!

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview: 

 

Silicon is so reliable and durable that many of the manufacturers of the products that I have mentioned in this post offer lifetime guarantees!

It’s hard to find another material that is so versatile.

Silicon is sustainable, healthier, and clearly beats plastic every time!

The holidays are just around the corner. Give the gift of sustainability.

This gift set is the perfect gift because it also gives you the opportunity to talk about sustainability with your friends and family.

 

 

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The Ultimate Guide for Sustainable Cookware

The Ultimate Guide for Sustainable Cookware

Creating a healthy meal starts with the pots and pans you use to cook with. I have created the ultimate guide for sustainable cookware so that you can see the benefits and pitfalls of each variety. 

 

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Today’s industries patent new materials and synthetic chemicals on a daily basis. Their hope is to create stronger longer-lasting products.

While it is important to continuously create new technologies that push us into the future, the long-term effects of these products are not known until many decades later.

One revolutionary creation that helps chefs and people across the world is the invention of the non-stick pan.

 

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Cookware: Stainless Steel vs.Teflon vs. Ceramic  

 

Today, cookware typically come in three varieties: stainless steel, Teflon and ceramic.

Stainless Steel: 

 

The stainless steel option tends to be on the more expensive side. Although the stainless steel coating that comes into contact with your food does not leach toxins, other metals within the interior of the pan may.

Typically stainless steel cookware is a composite of materials. These include iron, carbon, and chromium along with small percentages of nickel, titanium, vanadium, and copper.

Unfortunately, chromium and nickel are toxic for your health. You should avoid using damaged stainless steel cookware due to their possible health risks. 

Another downside of using stainless steel cookware is that food tends to get stuck unless you use lots of cooking oil. Even then, I often find that soaking the stainless steel cookware for at least 10 minutes helps enormously before cleaning.

Teflon: 

 

If you are looking for an easy to clean, non-stick variety of cookware, Teflon is a popular design. One concern with Teflon is that the nonstick coating can flake off and be ingested. Typically this is more likely to happen with cheaper or poor-quality pans.

Metal utensils can scratch even high-quality nonstick surfaces, which can lead to flaking. One method of adding shelf-life to your cookware is to never use metal utensils while cooking.

Instead, use silicon cooking utensils which are freezer, microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe 🙂

If your Teflon cookware was produced prior to 2013, then it’s likely produced with a toxic chemical called PFOA. More on this topic in the next section.

 

Ceramic: 

 

Ceramic cookware is the newest material in the world of nonstick pots and pans. While ceramics have been around for several millennia, it’s becoming more popular in the use of modern kitchens.

Ceramics are widely considered to be the safest and most environmentally friendly option of the three cookware materials.

Furthermore, it has a higher heat resistance and is more scratch resistant than Teflon.

More importantly, ceramic cookware is non-reactive and doesn’t leach chemicals into your food.

Despite the energy it takes to fire a kiln, there are few materials around as durable and eco-friendly as ceramics.

 

Non-Stick Pots and Pans Produced Prior to 2013:

 

Unfortunately, when the non-stick pan was first created it was produced with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

PFOA has been linked to a number of negative health side effects. To name a few: thyroid disorders, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, testicular cancer, infertility, and low birth weight (123456).

Sadly, the PFOA chemical was in wide use in the production of Teflon until 2013.

The PFOA Stewardship Program, launched in 2006 by the EPA, spearheaded the elimination of PFOA from Teflon products.

In 2007, an article published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine- National Institute of Health found that PFOA was in the blood of more than 98% of people who took part in the study (1999–2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).

Luckily, the use of PFOA has been banned in the production of cookware. 

So one question to ask yourself is… Are you still cooking with non-stick pots and pans that were manufactured before 2013?

If you are using Teflon pots and pans that were manufactured before 2013, it’s time to make the investment and update your cookware.

Take this opportunity to exercise your ability to be a sustainable conscious consumer and purchase a set that is good for your health and the environment.

I have found two ceramic cookware sets at different price ranges so that you can decide which one fits your needs best.

 

Cook N Home’s Ceramic 10-Piece Set:

non stick ceramic 10 set

 

The Cook N Home 10-piece set is the more economical option of the two sets. It includes 1 and 2-quart saucepans, a 3-quart casserole pot with a lid, a 5-quart dutch oven with a lid, and an 8-inch and 9.5-inch fry pan.

The Cook N Home set is made of thick gauge aluminum that is coated with a nonstick ceramic layer. This layer makes for quick food release and easy cleaning.

The lids are made from tempered glass, allowing you to view the food without having to remove the lid.

Moreover, the lids are versatile and fit on both the pots and the frying pans.

The drawback is that these pots are not induction (electric stovetop), oven, or dishwasher compatible.

If you have an induction stovetop or want the ability to throw your pans in the dishwasher, this next option is the way to go.

 

Vremi’s 8-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set:

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Vremi makes an awesome 8-piece cookware set that is induction stovetop compatible and dishwasher safe.

This set comes with 2 dutch oven pots with lids, 1 casserole pot with a lid, and 2 angled fry pans.

Expect this cookware set to be heavy. One of the differences between a more economical cookware set and one that is more expensive is the amount of material used.

Heavier pots and pans do a better job of heat-retention and even heat-dispersion. This is one of the reasons why the cast iron pan is so heavy.

These pots and pans double as serveware. Meaning that they can go directly from the stovetop to the dinner table. The end result being fewer dishes to clean after a meal!

What’s more, the Vremi pans have a unique fry pan design that allows for easy flipping of stir-fry, omelets, pancakes, etc. The edge across the handle is slightly longer and curves up and inward to facilitate the flipping process.

Each lid includes a small gap between the lid and body of the pan to release steam without a mess.

The cookware kit features an induction-compatible spiral bottom that works on gas, electric, and halogen stovetops.

Click here to update your kitchen with this extremely versatile and eco-friendly cookware set 🙂

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview:

 

Ceramic cookware is the clear winner when it comes to which pots and pans are the most healthy, eco-friendly, and non-toxic option.

A few last words on ceramic cookware care: It is a good idea to clean your ceramic pans with a soft cloth immediately after use.  This will prevent you from having to scrub the pan later, which will accelerate the wear on the ceramic coating and shorten the life of your pan.

Due to the non-stick nature of ceramic cookware, you will be able to cook with less oil. In fact, it is best for your health and the longevity of your ceramic cookware to avoid cooking with too much oil in general.

Sustainability is an important topic that needs to address.

If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you then take the pledge to become a conscious consumer.

Start by changing simple habits. When you do need to purchase an item make sure that you really need it.

If you decide that you do need this item, try to purchase a version that is reusable (not single-use).

 

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Sustainable Living: Zero Waste Menstruation

Sustainable Living: Zero Waste Menstruation

How much does your period cost over a lifetime? Today’s sustainable living tip is going to cover how you can save $1,773 and the environment from 9,120 tampons over your lifetime.

Sustainable living Period Hack

According to a Huffington Post article:

“On average, a woman has her period from three to seven days and the average woman menstruates from age 13 until age 51. That means the average woman endures some 456 total periods over 38 years, or roughly 2,280 days (6.25 years of her life).”

The average life expectancy for a woman is 81 years. This means that she will spend approximately 7.7% of her life menstruating.

Women are instructed to change their tampon every 4 to 8 hours. For easy math sake, we’ll use 6 hours as an average, and assume that a box contains 36 tampons (costing approximately $7).

1 tampon every 6 hours = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons over a lifetime.

At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33!

The Pink Tax: In 2015, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs published a study comparing nearly 800 products from more than 90 brands. The study found that on average, products for women or girls cost 7% more than comparable products for men and boys.

Paying for Tampons is part of this Pink Tax. It’s pretty expensive to be a female in the 21’s century, but it doesn’t have to be!

I will address the Pink Tax in further detail later on in this article.

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The Negative Impact of Tampons on your Health: 

Unfortunately, most tampons and pads contain surfactants (a compound that reduces surface tension in liquids), adhesives (glue to hold the tampon together), and other chemical additives.

Moreover, most pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production releases harmful pollutants.

What’s more, is that over 90% of cotton produced in the United States has been genetically modified to be resistant to Round-up (the active ingredient being glyphosate).

Round-up is a powerful herbicide that kills weeds, but the biggest issue is that glyphosate is a known cancer-causing agent.

According to goop.com, the main concern is that,

“Chronic exposure [to toxins] increases our risk of cancer, causes oxidative stress, metabolic changes, and disrupts our endocrine system. This can contribute to adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immunological effects.”

In recent decades, infertility, endometriosis, and thyroid disorder rates have been on the rise. One explanation is the constant exposure to chemicals and toxins in our environment.

Furthermore, traces of dioxin (a known carcinogen), and a synthetic fiber called rayon are also found in tampons.

Dioxin: A Carcinogen and Cancer-causing Chemical

The vagina is a highly permeable space, meaning that toxins can be absorbed through the mucous membrane and enter into our bloodstream.

Dioxin is a by-product of the bleaching process and can leave a residue in the vaginal wall.

In another blog, I discuss the toxic nature of PVC plastic. One of the reasons why PVC is so toxic is that it releases dioxin during the production and recycling processes.

In fact, in 2008 the State of New Jersey banned the use of PVC in children’s toys. Their reasoning was due to its link to testicular cancer, liver problems, and the early onset of puberty in girls – which is a  risk factor for later-life breast cancer.

Synthetic Fibers: 

In my article titled, “5 Plastic-Free Swaps for a Sustainable Bathroom” I discuss how synthetic materials (like rayon) can release more than 1,900 microfibers per garment in each wash cycle. 

Even though we know that tampons clog up building pipes, some people still flush their tampons which are made of rayon. The longer synthetic materials are left in water, the more time they have to break apart.

Why are microfibers so harmful? Because tiny plastic pieces can bioaccumulate and biomagnify up the food chain which we ingest in the form of yummy seafood.

The Environmental Impact: Why is Zero Waste so Important?

While there are tampons that are sold without applicators, the majority of the tampons are the kind that comes in an applicator.

Just think, each of the 9,120 tampons comes in an applicator, a protective sleeve, and a box (with a set of instructions).

The worst part is that they are all one-time items 🙁

This is just the impact that you make. Now, let’s look at the situation from a macro scale.

According to the US census report, the population of America stands at approximately 326 million people. Of that, 51% of those people are female, so we can safely say that there are around 163 million women.

According to the site, approximately 50% of those women are between the ages of 13-51. Meaning that there are 81 million women of menstruation age.

US census report

If every woman of menstruating age uses an average of 20 tampons per cycle x 12 cycles per year… that’s 19,440,000,000 feminine products going to our landfills each year 🙁

I did a quick double check on my math, and the University of Utah confirms that approximately 20 billion tampons are used every year! 

Insane, right?

Although cotton does biodegrade, it can take between 1-5 months to do so. The more chemical additives that are blended with the cotton, the longer it takes to biodegrade.

Not to mention, that when it does degrade, the chemicals seep into our water and soil resources.

The main issue is that we are producing waste faster than Mother Nature can get rid of it.

The Solution: The Diva Cup

Sustainable Diva cup 1

Although you may not be able to afford to purchase an all-electric car, you can stop your contribution of sanitary pads/tampons that get thrown into our landfills each year.

Small changes can make a huge impact. Plus, making the switch will save you money, is good for the environment, and is the healthier option.

My Personal Experience with the Diva Cup: 

I have personally used the Diva Cup for over 2 years now and absolutely love it!

It did take me 2 cycles to get used to, but now its just part of my routine.

No, you can’t feel it when it’s in (it just like a tampon). The only thing I had to get used to was learning how to take it out.

I find it easiest to clean the Diva Cup in the shower, and I don’t need to take an entire shower to clean it out. Just squat in the tub.

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I can get away with cleaning my Diva Cup 3 times a day. Once in the morning, once around 5 pm, and before bed.

I hope I have made a strong enough case for you to seriously consider making the switch.

For women who have not had children, Model 1 is recommended.  If you have given birth, then Model 2 is recommended.

Details About the Diva Cup: 

The Diva Cup is made from 100% healthcare grade silicone. It is a reusable menstrual cup that collects (rather than absorbs) menstrual flow.

Just like with a tampon, you can be active with your Diva Cup. I am able to swim and lift weights at the gym.

The Diva Cup is manufactured in Canada and free of BPA, plastics, and dyes.

Of course, the manufacturer wants you to replace your Diva Cup once a year (most likely so that they can sell more of them). But according to Healthline.com, 100% health grade silicone can last 10-20 years.

I have had mine for 2+ years, and its still working without a hitch!

Be a part of the solution and stop contributing to the nearly 20 billion tampons/pads that end up in our landfills each year.

Click here to join the movement, and get your Diva Cup today!

The Pink Tax:

 

I am sure that many of you are aware of the gender inequality of pay gap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has come out with a report that states that in the decade (between 2004 and 2014), women earned 80% to 83% as much as men.

But are you aware of what many are calling the “Pink Tax”?  According to listenmoneymatters.com,

“The pink tax refers to the extra amount women are charged for certain products or services. Things like dry cleaning, personal care products, and vehicle maintenance. So not only do women make less but they pay more. Women also live longer so they actually need more money for retirement.”

Paying for tampons is part of this Pink Tax!

As you can see from the graph below (provided by statista.com), the tampon/pad industry generates nearly $925 million per year.

 

Dollar sales of the leading tampon brands in the United States in 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)*

Tampon profits

No wonder every other commercial advertises a feminine hygiene product!

Make the switch today.

The 10,000 Foot Overview: 

Tampons were first invented in the 1930’s and have increased in popularity over time.

Please join me in preventing the contribution of 20 billion pads/tampons/applicators from being sent to our landfills annually!

I am not an alarmist, just someone who wants to shed light on the reality of the situation.

Be a part of the solution and not the problem. Help prevent global warming, climate change, and resource degradation today.

I sincerely hope to provide you with the best information possible, which is why I site as many government websites, medical journals, and credible sources as possible.

Fund your Roth IRA retirement account with your tampon savings!

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