With 100 billion menstrual products thrown away each year, a new sustainable tampon can be re-used, saving money and resources.
With women needing sanitary products every month, it is unsurprising that we have seen innovative ways to facilitate this process, making it cheaper and easier for consumers. For example, the feminine hygiene company which uses AI to predict when women will need sanitary products each month, delivering the products straight to women’s doors. The environmental impact of throw-away sanitary products cannot be ignored either, and the company Cora has designed tampons made from organic cotton which are biodegradable and hypoallergenic. DAME aims to make tampons more environmentally friendly with their reusable tampon applicators, which will hopefully prove to be more cost effective.
DAME markets their reusable tampon applicator, D, as a way of reducing consumers’ environmental impact, by replacing traditional disposable applicators with a sustainable alternative. The reusable applicator is able to keep itself clean, using natural antimicrobial technology which is up to 99 percent effective within twenty-four hours. The product is produced in the UK by medical engineers and is BPA free, leak free and made from the material Mediprene.
D is designed to be comfortable and to fit every woman, it has a semi matt gloss finish which renders it low friction for smooth insertion. There is an ergonomic grip, making it easy to handle, a string lock to keep the string out of the way at all times and a three-petal opening. The product also comes with the promise of a free replacement, as it is designed to last for life. Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, pre-ordered products should be delivered by July, with the official product launch set for early autumn.
Perhaps this could be the beginning of a revolution rejecting disposable plastic products. This, along with the fact that supermarkets are also reducing plastic packaging could indicate a trend leading us away from plastic and towards more eco-friendly materials. How else could everyday items be made more sustainable?