#Designed4Trash: Tampons with applicator

This product was suggested by Anna from Switzerland

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The applicator is made to be thrown away immediately and it is very hardly recyclable also because is used in toilettes (which usually don't have a waste separation option). Plus, the tampon itself cannot be recycled and is scientifically proved to contain toxic materials.

Solutions: Menstrual Cup

This solution was suggested by Heleen from Italy
The menstrual cup is a bell-shaped cup made of rubber (latex), silicone or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). Women wear it inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid. About every 4–12 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the menstruating woman removes the menstrual cup from her vagina, empties the collected menstrual blood into a toilet or sink, washes the cup under running water and inserts it again. At the end of the monthly period, the cup can be sterilized, usually by boiling in water. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. It is reusable and designed to last for up to 10 years, therefore reducing the environmental impact that the more used tampons or disposable menstrual pads create.

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