When “going green” goes all wrong.

11 Jul

I’ve been getting SO crafty lately.  Sewing reusable snack bags (in lieu of the billions of Ziploc baggies), laminated bibs, dresses, hair pins, etc.  It’s been a sweet little nesty outlet for me these days, as we progress closer and closer to Baby #2’s due date.

HOWEVER.  I recently came across a website called “Crafting a Green World” while searching for a pattern, and I couldn’t resist following this link: From Cloth Pads to Crocheted Tampons: DIY Menstrual Supplies.  Yup.  Not kidding.

Exactly what you think it is.

Now, we use cloth diapers at our house, and I truly dig it.  (To be perfectly open and honest, the thing I love most about cloth is that I don’t have to pay through the nose for diapers. Sure, the water bill is higher, but it’s nothing compared to a regular shipment from Diapers.com or anything.)  But there is something absolutely disgusting – nay, repugnant – about crafting reusable tampons.  I realize that our foremothers knew no different…and knowing that changes nothing.  It’s just gross.

Go ahead, green commenters.  Call me wasteful.  Call me lazy.  And then call me clean and happy cuz I’m not using DIY menstrual supplies.

5 Responses to “When “going green” goes all wrong.”

  1. Kelly July 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I use sea pearls and cloth pads, and am most certainly clean and happy. My skin, and vagina, are very clean and happy as well. Haven’t had a single yeast infection since making the switch, and had monthly yeast infections with disposable products, for over ten years.

  2. Ruth July 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    I also will say that I’ve tried cloth pads and they were a pleasant experience. The only problem is that you have to stash dirty ones in your bag and scrub the bajeezus out of them to get them clean when you get home. I’m looking forward to trying the Diva Cup after this pregnancy when my cycle returns as I’ve been so intrigued by it and I hate purchasing pads/tampons.

    • Anonymous July 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      Please stop. Please.

    • Kelly July 13, 2012 at 12:07 am #

      Never scrubbed mine. Soaked them in vinegar water (spray bottle that is 50/50 water & white vinegar) before tossing into the diaper/family cloth pail, and wash normally. So easy to do.

  3. Grandma L July 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Yep, that’s going a little too far for me too.

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