Number One : Stop being scared and grossed out by your own blood - it's yours, and it ain't no thang but a chicken wang. Did you know that some hippies even water their plants with the menstrual blood ? Hmmmm...totally organic fertilizer. :)
"6.5 bil tampons and 13.5 bil sanitary pads - plus their packaging - end up in U.S. landfills or sewer systems each year. And while some tampons contain noxious perfumes, chlorine bleach-related dioxins, and carcinogenic preservatives called parabens, reusable menstrual cups are made from safe rubber or silicone and reusable pads are made with organic cotton" (Ideal Bite).
So here's your eco-choices for your health & planetary health :
*The Keeper : Menstrual Cup made of natural gum rubber (latex). The life expectancy of The Keeper - with proper care (ex: not washing in harsh chemicals) – can be up to 10 years!! FDA approved. If you have a sensitivity or allergy to rubber (latex), please order The Moon Cup, which is made of medical grade silicone.
*DivaCup : . . . not a tampon. . not a pad. Finally a better way! Modern Menstrual Cup* Reliable* Easy-To-Use *Latex- Free *Medical Silicone *Hypoallergenic *Comfortable *Convenient *Odorless *Reusable *Ecological *Economical - Hell Yeah!
*Natracare Tampons : A tampon that is made from only certified organic cotton to avoid unnecessary exposure to chemical residuals and synthetics. Natracare Organic cotton tampons and chemical free pads are high quality products made from only pure and natural materials that are not chlorine bleached and are free of rayon, plastics and synthetic materials. (Note: even organic tampons fill up landfills!)
*http://www.gladrags.com/ : All of your reusable menstrual options! Look for GladRags reusable organic cotton pads, The Keeper menstrual cup, The Keeper Moon Cup, The Diva Cup and Jade and Pearl sea sponge tampons.
*http://www.lunapads.com/ : These guys rock, not only do they sell cute reusuable pads and the Diva Cup, but they have Luna Panties which are actually 100% organic cotton sexy bikini briefs & thongs with a built in luna pad holder. Yay !
Want More? Read a discussion at the Ideal Bite Blog, where ladies discuss why they love their re-usable cups & pads - http://www.idealbite.com/blog/comments/apparently_im_the_one_whos_ok_with_bodily_fluids/