Written by Julia Schopick

When ecologically-minded feminists debate their menstrual product options, they most often advocate using organic cotton tampons and pads, rather than those made from synthetic materials like rayon. The reason most of these women chooserepparttar organic cotton versions centers aroundrepparttar 131083 fact thatrepparttar 131084 synthetics have been linked to potential health hazards, such as Toxic Shock Syndrome and dioxin exposure.

One option that is often left out of such discussions (as well as media programs and articles) is reusable menstrual products. The truth is, before tampons and throwaway menstrual pads came onrepparttar 131085 market inrepparttar 131086 1930s, women used rags, which were kind torepparttar 131087 environment because they were washable and hence, reusable. It wasn't untilrepparttar 131088 '30s, and inrepparttar 131089 years since then, that more and more ecologically-minded women began to discover that they had cause for concern.

After all, it is extremely wasteful to use a product for just a few hours and then toss it. And according to most estimates,repparttar 131090 average woman will use nearly 12,000 of these products during her lifetime. That's quite a lot of garbage!

Whether you flush a tampon or pad downrepparttar 131091 toilet, or throw it inrepparttar 131092 garbage, it is going to be problematic forrepparttar 131093 environment. If flushed downrepparttar 131094 toilet, these products can clogrepparttar 131095 sewer line; or they can go on to play havoc withrepparttar 131096 water treatment plant. (I understand that in 9 out of 10 plumbing problems in apartment buildings, homes and offices,repparttar 131097 culprits are reusable menstrual products!)

When you throw them inrepparttar 131098 garbage, these reusables end up in landfills, where they probably won't biodegrade for many years, because they lack light, water and circulating air. (Did you know that people have dug into landfills and found newspapers from 50 years earlier that are still readable?) And experts estimate that plastic tampon applicators may actually take 300 to 500 years to break down. But since tampons have only been around for seventy years, we can't yet be positive exactly how longrepparttar 131099 applicators will take to biodegrade.

Preparing for your wedding part 2

Written by Nily Glaser

It is your wedding. Your own very special day. Make it a one-of a-kind event.

Congratulations! You just setrepparttar date forrepparttar 131081 most important day in your life. Your wedding day.

Many bridal couples become overwhelmed by allrepparttar 131082 'must do's and instead of enjoyingrepparttar 131083 journey get stressed out. Don't be one of them. Here are a few suggestions that will makerepparttar 131084 preparation fun.

Keep within your financial limits. Budget your wedding carefully. You do not want to start your joined life in debt. If you are organized have a plan and are creative, whatever your budget, a wedding to remember is do-able.

When you look atrepparttar 131085 tasks at hand in preparing for your wedding,repparttar 131086 list may be overwhelming. . Don't try to do everything all at once. Break your list it into small manageable portions that you can successfully accomplish.

Always remember that it is YOUR wedding. Be sure that it reflects YOU. No one can or should dictate to you what to do and how to do it. Though you may seek advice,repparttar 131087 final decision is yours. Onrepparttar 131088 other hand, don't be shy. Accept assistance when offered and solicit involvement from those you believe will be an asset.

Your wedding is a deeply serious and intimate moment declaring your love and commitment to each other. Add your personal touches. If you have children you may consider making them an important part of your wedding. (Readrepparttar 131089 article 'Make your children a part ofrepparttar 131090 wedding'

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