Welcome to the second issue of Going Green! a newsletter by Sustainable Baby Steps for inspiration, news and information on green living.

In this issue...

  • New Articles on SBS
  • Featured Article: Greening Our Feminine Products
  • Special subscriber discount from GladRags!




New Articles and Interviews

Check out these new articles on Sustainable Baby Steps, including an interview:




Featured Article: Greening Our Feminine Products

Many women have noticed that tampons and disposable pads can be a source of vaginal irritation, and most are unaware that disposable products are highly processed and may contain chemicals to "keep you dry" or cover up odor. Vaginal irritation, allergies, burning, itching, and frequent yeast infections, can all be the result of, or exacerbated by, disposables.

And then there is the environmental impact: If you menstruate the average 340 times in your lifetime, using 20 disposables per period, that amounts to 6800 pads or tampons thrown away.

Now consider all the women using disposables in the world: If 500 million women use disposables throughout their lifetime, that's 3.4 trillion pads or tampons thrown away! Not only is landfill space taken up, but these materials cannot be reused and are no longer part of the resources available to us.

Then, of course, there's all that packaging (wrappers, boxes, applicators) that are also thrown away, all the garbage bags used, all the diesel fuel used to truck those products to the stores week in and week out.

What’s the solution? Switching to reusable pads and tampons. Affordable, simple and healthier for yourself and the environment, reusable cloth pads, menstrual cups or cloth tampons just make sense.

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While Sustainable Baby Steps will soon be adding information to the website to expand on this topic, right now I’d like to introduce you to one of our sponsors.

Introducing GladRags.com

GladRags is a small business dedicated to making a big impact…once a month!

Here’s what they have to say about their products:

"Many women have noticed that tampons and disposable pads can be a source of vaginal irritation, and most are unaware that disposable products are highly processed and may contain chemicals to "keep you dry" or cover up odor. Vaginal irritation, allergies, burning, itching, and frequent yeast infections, can all be the result of, or exacerbated by, disposables.”

“Many of our customers also report that their cycles are shorter and cramps are less severe after just a few months of using GladRags.”

But what about the cost? Are GladRags more expensive than disposables?

“No, they're actually much cheaper.

When compared to the amount of money spent on disposables, it only takes a couple of years to make up the cost of your GladRags. They are made to last 5+ years. Many women tell us they still use the same pads they bought when we started in 1993!

Think of it this way: it would be tremendously expensive (not to mention wasteful!) to continuously re-stock our kitchens with disposable paper plates, so we buy plates that we can use indefinitely. We make an initial investment into something reusable that will last a long time. It's the same with GladRags."

Some interesting facts that make GladRags good for you:

  • No irritating plastics or perfumes
  • All-cotton pads are absorbent and comfy
  • Menstrual cups are a safe alternative to tampons

Good for your budget:

  • GladRags are made to last
  • Save over $400 in just 5 years

And good for the environment:

  • Disposable products result in pollution
  • 10 GladRags = 600 disposable pads
  • Reusables keep tons of waste out of landfills

However you look at it, reusable feminine products are just a good choice.

A Special Discount from GladRags

GladRags is offering Sustainable Baby Steps readers 15% off through the end of the year.

Use the discount code "BABYSTEPS" when checking out!

And be sure to check out GladRags Holiday Gift Guide for some great ideas!

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