Greening Our Habits: Or In This Case, Ladies, Necessities

Greening Our Habits: Or In This Case, Ladies, Necessities

Amber Byfield
Sep 21, 2009


A while ago we asked if it was time to change to a more natural makeup regimen. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, there's just one more thing in our bathroom that needs changing. Ladies, this one's for you....

At our place, the bathroom transformation to all-green is almost complete. We've nixed bleach and other caustic chemicals, we've switched to recycled toilet paper (much to the bf's dismay), we've made sure everything from our toothpaste to our bodywash is Earth-friendly and biodegradable. We've stopped using our hair dryer about 90% of the time and take 5-minute showers.

Until last week,I thought that organic cotton tampons and panty-liners were only available through specialty stores and websites, and to be completely honest, I thought of them as a little too hippie, even for me. Like if I took things to that level, I might as well stop shaving my armpits and get some dreds. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course—it just wouldn't be me.

But then I was strolling down the fem products aisle at my regular grocery store, and noticed the Seventh Generation line of panty-liners, pads, and tampons. And suddenly, my whole perspective changed.

I take great care to only put healthy things into my body. So it seems to follow that something that's going to be handling my monthly cycle should be as safe and green as the food I eat. Regular fem products are bleached and wrapped in plastic: I can't count how many plastic applicators I've tossed into the landfill, thinking there was simply no alternative that I could live with.

So, I'm pleased to see a 100% organic, biodegradable product that even has Earth-conscious packaging. I know these products have been around for a while, but like I said, I feel it's finally time for me to make the switch. To be able to say that our bathroom is green from top to bottom. If it means giving up a tiny bit of comfort each month, it's something I'm willing to put up with. That even our periods are being affected by a move to the green makes me think this fad is here to stay.

Do you have an opinion on changing this very personal habit, or is it one green move you're ok with leaving alone?

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