I am a bit sad that the Guardian doesn't put more emphasis on the menstrual cup. I can't believe that reusable pads are still being discussed as something positive while some African countries are planning to ban reusable pads. The reasons are obvious, some stated in this article.
Disposable pads represents a problem as well. Considering the amount of pads a woman uses during her fertile years (average 12.000 pads) and the amount of CO2 emissions created by the crop growing, manufacturing, distribution and waste management related to this 30 billion/year industry, it is an environmental disaster. Add to this that pads which end up in landfills take 800 years to biodegrade while hundred of thousands of tons end up polluting our oceans. This is a problem especially in developing nations were waste management is inadequate, sometimes non existent.
There are other important issues related to menses which requires our outmost focus. In Kenya we lose about 300 million women working days each year, not to mention, young girls lose 20% of their education because menstrual products are unaffordable to them.
Yet there is a solution at hand, an alternative that can stop the pollution providing a solution that will empower these women and girls overnight; the menstrual cup.
This Miracle cup, invented in 1932 is by far the best option compared to any other menstrual product. Often called the forgotten Holy Grail in menstrual hygiene, this bell shaped silicone devise is the only option that offers a win-win for the environment and it's user. A myriad of studies have already shown that the menstrual cup is the preferred choice versus pads among girls who tried both(here is one: http://www.developmentbookshelf.com/doi/pdf/10.3362/1756-3488.2015.003)
"Comfort and freedom while having your period" this is something you only hear from cup users.
The cup is revolutionizing East Africa. In Kenya a girl can now participate in a menstrual cup education program and get a cup for 3U$ (the cost of 3 packets of Always) which is reusable for 15 years.
I hope the Guardian will focus more on viable solutions in the future. Frankly speaking; the cup is the ONLY viable solution at the moment.