ECO Personal Care: AQ SILICONE MENSTRUAL CUP
Menstrual Cups are becoming much more well known as people quickly discover the benefits of a long-term solution to feminine hygiene, compared to the disposable pads and tampons women have been reliant on for so long – many of which contain non-degradable plastic materials, and an extreme amount of individual plastic packaging.
But what exactly are Menstrual Cups?
A Menstrual Cup is a small cup-shaped product made from safe Medical Grade Silicone, which is designed to be inserted to collect menstrual fluid (rather than absorbing it, as other products do). Your first instinct might be that the idea of inserting a collection cup sounds a little offensive, but there’s nothing ‘gross’ about a Menstrual Cup – once inserted, it forms an air tight vacuum, and as no air comes into contact with its contents there is no unpleasant smell, even after hours of use. Menstrual cups have been shown to leak less on average, have fewer health risks than standard disposable products, and are generally comfortable to wear. You can wear the cup for up to twelve hours before needing to remove it – which also means you should easily avoid needing to do it anywhere but in the privacy of your own bathroom. When ready, you just remove the Cup by breaking the seal on the vacuum, pull it back out, pour the contents down the toilet, rinse clean and reinsert, or sterilise for a few minutes in boiling water for later use - silicone can last for up to ten years without degrading, which means the one purchase can last you for a decade of use.
If you want to know more, CLICK HERE for more details, full instructions and FAQ’s.
* AQ Menstrual Cups are made from Medical Grade Silicone (CE, FDA and ROHS Certified)
* Full instructions are included with each Cup
* Handy protective purse/case included
* Economical - one cup will last up to ten years
* Save on plastic wastage from disposable products
* Available in two sizes. Choose the size to suit your body:
SMALL: For women who have not given birth to a child, or women up to the age of 25 years.
Diameter: 40mm, Length: 70mm. Max Volume: 15ml (Up to the Rim: 20ml).
LARGE: For women who have given birth to a child, or who are over 25 years old.
Diameter: 45mm, Length: 70mm. Max Volume: 15ml (Up to the Rim: 25ml).
Make your choice from the drop-down OPTIONS list near the top of the page, before adding it to your cart.
Visit our LEARN MORE pages for complete details on how to use Menstrual Cups.
WHAT MAKES THIS AN 'ECO' PRODUCT?
We're all familiar with the vast volume of plastic packaging that's involved with disposable feminine hygiene products, but it's easy to forget that many of them also contain large amounts of plastic within the products themselves. None of this plastic is biodegradable, which means that every time they're disposed of, they'll end up in landfill and remain there for centuries to come. The typical woman will have approximately 500 periods in the course of their lifetime. Multiply that by the number of products you use each cycle, and that's a lot of plastic heading back to the earth - let alone what it costs to purchase all of your products. By replacing disposable options with a long-term re-useable Menstrual Cup you're not only saving on the cost of replacing your products every month, you're also making a difference to the amount of waste you contribute to the environment - in a safe, hygienic and comfortable way!
Menstrual Cups are made of Medical Grade Silicone, which is an amazing material in itself. Silicone is transformed into the durable product we use today by combining natural silicon with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Because it is derived from natural elements, silicone is not toxic to aquatic or soil organisms, is not hazardous waste, and while it is not biodegradable it can be recycled after a lifetime of use. With proper care silicone can be used for years - cooled, heated or sterilised - without degrading. This is why it makes the perfect 'Eco Friendly' material for use today.
ECO @ AQ: RECYCLE * RE-USE * RETHINK
Eco @ Aroma Queen is all about trying to find simple, sustainable and inexpensive solutions for single-use plastics and other environmentally unsound products. The stats are horrific: the amount of accumulating non-biodegradable waste from 'convenient' everyday items such as disposable plastic straws, coffee lids, cutlery, plastic bags and packaging is simply not sustainable. There could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by the year 2050. Yet all of these products, and more, can be replaced by re-usable items. You can use a stainless steel straw instead of a plastic one - it will last indefinitely with the minimum of care; or take your own portable cutlery set instead of saying 'yes' to the disposable fork at your local takeaway. It might mean a RETHINK to remember to take them with you, or to say 'no' instead of taking the straw, but in the same way that many of us have now become used to taking our own reusable shopping bags when we purchase our weekly groceries, it's easy enough to get into new habits with a little bit of forethought.
RECYCLE AND RE-USE
Whether we're talking about buying a product made from recycled materials, or creating a long-term plan for re-using an item over and over instead of throwing it away after a single use, there's plenty of ways we can make a change for the better. When it comes to PERSONAL CARE, you can look at avoiding flimsy items made from plastics and other materials that don't easily degrade over time, or those with excessive and wasteful plastic packaging that is only going to end up in landfill or contribute to filling the ocean with synthetic fibres - anything from hair combs to womens hygiene products can be found in more sustainable alternatives.
Living sustainably is now a mainstream concept rather than a fringe 'hippie' idea, and it doesn't mean changing your lifestyle completely. Sometimes it's just a matter of looking around you and paying attention to the items you purchase, and throw away. Are they single use items? Maybe you could find a longer-lasting alternative instead of disposing of one every time you use it. Is it individually packaged into small portions, with a lot of wastage? Perhaps you could buy in bulk, and decant into smaller re-usable bottles or packages for day to day use. Is it made from plastic which isn't degradable? There might be an eco version available, which will eventually degrade after you've finished using it. It's amazing how simple changes can make a huge difference in the impact we each make on the planet - and they don't necessarily have to be complicated, expensive or difficult to live with. Often they can even help save money as re-usable products can reduce the amount of items you need to purchase in the first place.
Visit our ECO @ AQ section for some ideas that might get you thinking of ways to make a difference. We're continually looking for new ECO products to offer - if there's anything you'd particularly like to see that we don't yet stock, we'd love to hear from you.