Interesting Facts

Reasons Why
The Keeper Is Preferable to Disposable Menstrual Products:

*The Keeper (natural gum rubber — i.e., latex) and The Moon Cup (medical-grade silicone — i.e., non-latex) are both FDA-approved and the only menstrual cups made in America.

*The Keeper is made from natural gum rubber and has a potential life expectancy of 10 years.

*Although most women think pads and tampons have been sterilized, they have not. In fact, no feminine hygiene product has been sterilized.

*FDA does not require that the ingredients in tampons and pads be listed anywhere in or on the package.

*Over 12 BILLION pads and tampons are USED ONCE and disposed of annually, adding to environmental pollution.

*According to a 1999 USA Today article, the Center for Disease Control says that while Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is already on the list of 52 diseases that states are required to report, the agency still only hears about a fraction of all cases. This same article states that there were 814 reported cases of TSS in 1980 and five in 1997, and goes on to say that "those statistics imply the problem is gone." Sadly, it is not.

*A March-April 2001 E Magazine article states that, according to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.

*There are 85 million women of menstruating age in North America.

A March-April 2001 article in E Magazine cites waste consultant Franklin Associates’ assertion that 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion sanitary pads, PLUS their packaging, ended up in landfills or sewer systems in 1998.

Comparison of product and Keeper

From the Tightwad Gazette: "The Keeper seems to me to be the most appropriate option for most women, especially women who work outside the home."

The female scientists of Biosphere 2 chose The Keeper as their form of feminine hygiene while in their enclosed environment in Arizona in 1992.

In a woman's lifetime, she is likely to use 15,000 sanitary pads or tampons. The Keeper is the economical, environment-friendly alternative. For a photograph that compares ten years of sanitary supplies to The Keeper click here.
Plastic tampon applicators may not biodegrade for several hundred years.

An average woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of tampons, pads and applicators in her lifetime. The great majority of these end up in landfills, or as something the sewage treatment plants must deal with.

Plastic tampon applicators from sewage outfalls are one of the most common forms of trash on beaches.

For building owners, pads and tampons that are flushed down the toilet are the most common cause of plumbing problems.

Documented by Liz Armstrong and Adrienne Scott in their book, Whitewash: In early 1989, British women launched a publicity campaign to halt the use of the environmentally hazardous chlorine gas bleaching process used in the manufacture of diapers and feminine products. Result: After 6 months, the women won, and this hazardous process was no longer used.

According to a 1998 article in Vegetarian Times, studies conducted by the sanitary products industry have found that lurking within tampons are trace amounts of dioxin, a chemical deemed a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney from New York points out that there has been far more testing on the possible health effects of chlorine-bleached coffee filters than on chlorine-bleached tampons and related products.

The National Women’s Health Network states that twelve billion pads and 7 million tampons pollute landfills annually in the US.

According to Tom Riley, author of Price of a Life, who has represented more victims of Toxic Shock Syndrome than any other attorney: "All experts agree that the number of TSS cases in the United States are under reported. That is because reporting by the states to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is voluntary and most states are unwilling to incur the expense of gathering the data and submitting it to the CDC. As certain as the sun's appearance in the East tomorrow, toxic shock syndrome will also appear in one or more tampon users, sometimes with deadly results but always with the infliction of a terrible ordeal and some residual effects."

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