Biodegradable waste is added to the soil through composting. We typically recycle fruit, tea bags and waste from the yard. What among those things that you use, though?
Have you ever wondered whether it is even necessary to compost diapers, panty liners, pads and tampons?
Think this, an average woman uses 17,000 menstrual pads in her life. Could you picture all the waste piled up in a single huge pile?
Regular pads and tampons are constructed of up to 90% crude oil plastics and are thus not compostable or biodegradable. Composting them will simply be the equivalent to burying in the earth a heap of plastic bags; futile and detrimental to the environment! And this large waste footprint isn’t something that you’ve got to embrace!
If you are using plastic-free menstrual goods produced from renewable biodegradable materials such as organic cotton and cellulose from plants, then sure! – You can compost feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons !
The Right Method Of Composting Natural Pads and Tampons:
1). First, make sure that you use natural and plant-based pads and tampons during the monthly cycle.
2). Establish the right compost conditions (i.e., moist and warm) by creating a properly-sealed bin and adding to it on daily basis. It’s also very necessary to use a well sealed bin to prevent attracting vermin.
3). Ensure that your compost has a healthy green and brown compost mix:
- Green compost involves veggie peeling and lawn clipping, etc. – softer, more damper products that are relatively easy broken down.
- Brown compost contains fibrous items such as cartons, cutting, natural pads and tampons that need more time for biological decay than green compost.
4). It is a smart practice to cut up pads and liners with scissors before throwing them in a compost bin to speed up the composting method. Ideally, the backing sheet holding a tiny amount of adhesive or plastic should be separated from the tampon, making it possible for the cotton part to be composted.
5). For the full breakdown of menstrual items in the manure, we suggest waiting 18-24 months. Making sure it is waste that is biodegradable, and make sure it remains wet, moist and well-aerated. This means that it falls down in a beneficial manner that restores more of nature’s building blocks to the soil to help boost the development of future plants.