Things To Know About Your First Period

So you’ve started your period, congratulations! Your first few periods may seem daunting, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Periods can be painful and they can be a burden at times, we’ve all been there. It may seem there are a million products you could use during that time of the month, which is overwhelming.

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As a young woman, staying informed is extremely important, especially when it comes to your body. Monolith menstrual hygiene companies seem like the good guys, with colorful packaging and fluffy words that make you believe their products are natural. Truth is, most of them are not.

 

While shopping around for products, chances are you’ve seen scented tampons or pads. Just say no to those. Scented tampons may seem like a nice perk to your period, there can be hundreds

Wrap Up: CottonWorks Webinar

CottonWorks provides resources to consumers. We tuned in to their recent webinar Cotton Biodegradability in Aquatic Environments, which focused on the growing threat of microfibers. Here’s what we learned:

 

What Are Microfibers?

According to The Story of Stuff, a microfiber is a tiny fragment of plastic that sheds during the washing machine cycle. Since microfibers are usually less than 5mm in size, they are an emerging pollutant that are very difficult to catch.

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How Do They Get There?

Many factors can be taken into account when it comes to microfibers, like laundering (spinning and drying cycle) and the age of the garment. These microfibers make their way into wastewater treatment plants and septic systems, which are currently not capable of filtering the tiny

Tips to Help Alleviate PMS Symptoms

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Premenstrual Syndrome, aka PMS, is never fun. All you want to do is lie in bed and watch movies while stuffing your face with chocolate and potato chips. We’ve all been there.

But your daily duties don’t stop when you have cramps, so what are some things you can do to alleviate PMS symptoms?

 

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Keep hydrated!

Water

So water isn’t technically a food. However, hydrating can prevent acne onset by hormonal changes and alleviate bloating. If you’re getting enough water, your body won’t retain liquids, which is key to keeping you comfortable.

 

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No matter the time of the month, greens are always a good choice.

Greens, greens, and more greens

Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium,

Composting Cotton

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So you’re thinking of starting a compost pile to reduce your waste. Great! But can you compost cotton? Absolutely!

Since cotton is completely biodegradable, it makes a perfect addition to your compost pile. But first, here are some benefits of composting from the EPA:

  • Enriches soil by helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
  • Encourages the products of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprints

 

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Cotton field

Composting Cotton

As we mentioned earlier, cotton can absolutely be composted. However, make sure to look for the cotton seal

The Evolution of the Baby Diaper

From safety-pinned cotton squares to diapers lined with a waterproof shower curtain, the evolution of the baby diaper is fairly extensive. Did you know some of the first diapers were made of cotton? Like menstrual products, the demand for transparency and natural fibers is finding its way back into the consumer sphere.

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Diaper cover circa 19th century
Source: Two Threads Back

 

In the late 1800s, infants wore makeshift diapers made of a rectangle sheet of cotton or flannel which was held in place with safety pins. People have always preferred cotton, even back in the day!

 

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Baby with traditional pinned cloth diaper circa 1950s Source: Getty Images

 

Fun Fact: By WWII, the increase of working mothers brought

What’s REALLY in Those Wet Wipes?

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Have you ever used a wipe and thought to yourself, “What is this wipe made of? What ingredients are in the solution?

These questions are vital, especially when it comes to wipes being used on infants and children. Do you know what’s in your wipe? There are two main components to a wipe: the physical make-up and the solution the wipe sits in until it’s used.

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The Wipe Itself

Most wipes are made of a blend of multiple fibers (non-woven). Not surprisingly, the more trustworthy wipes are made of cotton. When searching for a wipe, durability is key. Cotton naturally becomes stronger when wet, which sounds like the ideal wipe, right? However, most wipes are made from rayon and polyester, or a blend of both. Polyester is not biodegradable and rayon requires a lot of

Truth Stinks: Reasons to Stop Buying Products with Fragrance

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Whether you’re buying baby wipes or makeup remover wipes, checking the ingredients list for fragrance is important. Often times the word fragrance is listed with no further explanation, even on a product that claims to be naturally derived. Despite the demand for transparency, manufacturers of these products are not legally bound to reveal exactly what is hidden behind the term fragrance.

 

 

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Not So Transparent

You may be asking yourself, but how so? The Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1967. This requires companies to list cosmetic ingredients on the product label, but completely leaves out fragrance. But how do you identify what exactly fragrance is?

Just barely.

One word represents a mixture of hundreds of ingredients, all unclassified. These undisclosed chemicals can contain allergens, sensitizers and

5 Surprising Facts About Cotton

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History Lesson

Cotton was grown and used for fabrics dating back as far as 5500 BCE in the Indus Valley region, while cotton fabric dating to 5000 BCE has also been found in Mexico. It is believed that cotton was first planted in Florida in 1556. On October 28, 1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent of the first cotton gin.

 

 

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Numbers don’t lie

Truly Sustainable

Did you know that all of the cotton plant is used after it is harvested?

  • The fiber is used for cotton products
  • Seeds are used for animal feed and cottonseed oil for human use
  • Plant stalks are tilled back into the soil

A History of Menstrual Products

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Since the beginning of time women have had periods.

It can be difficult to imagine Joan of Arc getting her period during a battle or Sojourner Truth fashioning a pad from a rag, but these were the realities women have always had to face. Because of the long-standing stigma about vaginal health and menstruation, there isn’t much documentation about the history of periods until around the 20th century.  

A few ancient cultures forbade menstruating women from touching crops and food out of fear that their flow would spoil it. In some cases, women weren’t even allowed to touch their husbands until their cycle was evidently over. Periods were also closely associated with hysteria, superstition, and uncleanliness, so it’s easy to assume that there weren’t many historical writings done on the subject.

However, there is speculation

What You Should Know About Shopping For An Adult Diaper

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Incontinence is a sensitive subject and no one is completely exempt from bladder issues; it can affect anyone, such as athletes, young adults who are postpartum or obese, and seniors. Buying an adult diaper for the first time can be a difficult task if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to help guide you through the process:

 

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Find Your Size

This may be one of the most important steps. Finding the correct size not only guarantees comfort, but you will also be less likely to have leaks. There are diapers available to accommodate either male or female body parts, as well as unisex choices.

For those that require larger sizes, bariatric briefs are available in sizes XL, XXL, XXXL, and up to 106” waist size.