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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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129. Green period

With increasing public concern about dioxins in sanitary products, many women are looking for alternatives. How easy is it to find something fitting the ‘green’ bill which is comfy, secure and convenient?

First on the green agenda is the issue of where all the discarded sanitary towels, tampons and nauseatingly titled panty liners go when they are flushed or discarded. Landfill is increasingly full of them, and they take a l-o-n-g time to biodegrade, with their often plastic backings, and beaches are swamped with them. More than four million tampons and pads are flushed every day in the UK alone, where women buy more than three billion disposable sanitary products every year. A western woman will use around 12,000 tampons ...

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