Menstrual sponges can be synthetic or natural sponges which have a shape, optimised for vaginal insertion with the intention of absorbing menstrual flow.
Used in some Mediterranean communities for thousands of years, natural sea sponges are harvested, cleaned and cut and then simply popped in place when your period begins. Just “wet, twist & insert”.
Recently synthetic sponges have hit the market with non biodegradable sponge fabricated from petroleum based products. Here, our focus is on the reusable natural sea sponges, rather than the single use, plastic wrapped synthetic variety.
Made by Mother Nature, could you ever imagine a sanitary product which was so in tune with your body and the environment?
Protect The Planet With Menstrual Sponges
The impact of disposable products on the environment is staggering. Our oceans are choking with used pads, tampons, and plastic applicators. It is estimated that 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons, and 1.4 million pads are flushed down the toilet every single day! We’ve all seen gross used pads wash up on the beach, or even worse spotted one while swimming. But it is what we can’t see that is really harming our planet. A typical period product takes about 500 years to decompose!
Cherish Your Body, Keep It Natural
Apart from being wasteful, disposable pads and tampons are unhealthy. Tampons sit inside of your vaginal canal for hours on end and come in contact with vaginal tissue, which is covered in permeable, mucous membranes. Those membranes let chemicals right into your bloodstream and lead directly to the reproductive organs.
Unfortunately, tampons are made from an unknown mix of chemicals that allow them to be super absorbent. Because companies don’t have to list the ingredients in their products, we don’t even know exactly what these chemicals are. But we can suffice that we don’t want them sitting on our sensitive skin leeching into our bodies for hours on end. Even the seemingly innocent tampon ingredient, cotton, can actually cause serious health risks. Cotton is considered the worlds dirtiest crop because it is heavily sprayed with high levels of pesticides. Recent studies have shown that pesticide residue remains on tampons even after manufacturing.
The average woman is on her period for what amounts to ten years of her life. Ten years! Using a product with that contains so many known and unknown dangerous chemical ingredients is just unwise. Menstruating is a natural part of life. It’s about time we find a period product that is natural too.
The Most Holistic Period Product In The World
Natural sea sponges have reemerged as the most holistic period product on the planet. They are used internally, and just like conventional tampons, soak up menstrual fluid for about four to six hours. The difference is that instead of throwing those little buggers in the trash, sea sponges are washed out and reused! That’s right! A good quality sea sponge tampon can last for over six cycles! And the absorbancy you experience when you use a sea sponge is completely natural. Compare that to countless man-made chemicals that allow tampons to be absorbent. Your cycle is already magically connected with the tides and the seas. Now, it’s time to take that connection full circle.