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Become a “Green” Diva + Save $$$

Listen up ladies! Go green, be healthy and save money!
Get a Diva Cup!
http://www.divacup.com/en/home/the_environment/

Think about the waste from tampons and/or pads that you toss in the trash or flush down the toilet each month.  Yikes.
You can join women around the world who are increasingly aware of how they can make a significant, positive environmental impact by switching from disposable tampons and pads to The DivaCup. 
Have you switched from plastic bags to canvas? Probably. Have you ever thought about how much waste your feminine hygeine products are creating? Probably not. Switching to The DivaCup is as significant as switching from plastic to canvas bags!

 The DivaCup is reusable and made from silicone. This makes it an important, environmentally responsible feminine hygiene choice!
Women, on average, experience a lifetime menstruation span of 41 years (11-52). From use of disposable feminine hygiene, an estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped into the North American environment each year (1998). More than 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999. Our revolutionary, reusable product is a modern, viable alternative to disposable tampons and pads.


Do your own math…Multiply the number of pads/tampons you use each month by twelve. Then, multiply that figure by 41 years – the average woman’s menstruation span.  For argument’s sake, let’s pick the figure of 4 tampons/pads per day, for 5 days.  That’s 20 disposable products per cycle. Twelve cycles per year equals 240 tampons/pads per year. Okay, now if you menstruate for 41 years…that’s close to 10,000 tampons/pads you’ll use in your lifetime! Using The DivaCup eliminates almost all of this waste.  That’s something you can feel good about – even when you’re crampy and moody.
Most tampons and pads contain surfactants, adhesives and additives. To us, that sounds like a bunch of stuff you don’t want near – or inside! – your body.  In addition, most pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production is a pollutant. Also, dioxin, a known carcinogen, is a by-product of the bleaching process of tampons containing rayon. In landfills, many of these substances can leach into the environment (groundwater, streams and lakes) causing serious pollution and health concerns.
Although not all women can afford to purchase an energy-efficient hybrid car or convert their home to solar energy, they can reduce dangerous landfill waste by choosing to use a reusable, silicone menstrual cup. When considering the pollution and volume of waste that is inherent in the use of disposable tampons and pads, replacing one’s feminine hygiene with The DivaCup makes good environmental sense and manifests in a positive eco-footprint every month!
• Latex-free, BPA-free, plastic-free
• No dyes, colors or additives
• Comfortable, reliable
• Clean, convenient, easy-to-use
• Worn for up to 12 hours at a time


What’s in Your Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?

What’s in Your Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?

Cosmetics might make people look more attractive, but the ingredients in many personal care products don’t add up to a very pretty picture, according to a new video, The Story of Cosmetics: The Ugly Truth of Toxins in, Toxins out. Produced by Annie Leonard (who also wrote The Story of Stuff), it’s an eye-opening look at the world of personal care products and cosmetics.

Leonard’s message: the cosmetics industry is unregulated. The Federal Drug Administration doesn’t test the safety of personal care products. It doesn’t even require that all of the ingredients be listed on the label. And that can make for cosmetics that can have some pretty nasty ingredients, she says.


The average women uses about 12 personal care products daily, the average man about 6 person care products, less than 20% of all the chemicals in personal products have been regulated and assessed by the industry’s safety panel. Would you fly in an airplane that inspects 20% of its planes?

The FDA has banned only 8 out of 12,000 listed chemicals? Cosmetic industry is making the rules and deciding whether or not to follow them.

Let’s change the system with commons sense laws that deal with precautionary principle.

What You Need to Know About Cosmetics & Chemicals (Infographic)

By MindBodyGreen

This infographic is an absolute must-read and must-share! Did you know that cosmetics are NOT subject to FDA approval? Or that deodorant contains aluminium and red lipstick contains an insane amount of lead? Even baby shampoo contains scary chemicals.

(Thanks to Dr. Frank Lipman for the tip on this informative infographic from cosmetologyschool.org)

Please take a look and share with everyone you know. This is a serious issue which we all need to spread the word about!


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“MISS Representation” – A MUST WATCH

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, MISS REPRESENTATION uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media’s limiting and often disparaging portrayals of women, which make it difficult for the average girl to see herself as powerful.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality–and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States still ranks 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, depression rates have doubled among teenage girls, and cosmetic surgery on minors has more than tripled in the last ten years.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, academics, and activists like Condoleeza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as MISS REPRESENTATION accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.


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