My kids have been on a tirade lately about how our lifestyle choices are killing turtles and we need to do better with our eco choices to help save these animals.
First of all, I’m a sucker for a cause. Second, a cause that helps to benefit our environment and animals had me all in. Making eco-friendly choices also actually had the added benefit of helping out my budget.
See, everyone wins!
Now, I’m not saying I’m David Suzuki yet, but we have made some minor changes to our lifestyle that I’m hoping will have big benefits down the road. I don’t use single use plastic and instead opt for re-useable Tupperware. My husband and I bring thermal mugs of coffee to work and have metal water bottles. I’m using dryer balls instead of fabric softener sheets and we are composting. I’m using mesh produce bags at the grocery store and the kids are practicing what they preach and have decided they don’t really need balloons for birthday parties anymore and they refuse the Happy Meal Toys at the drive-thru.
When making these choices the investment up front for the supplies has been a little bit steep but I’ve found for the most part, I’m actually saving money by not replacing things as often when they run out. Then came the day that my daughter showed me a photo of a beach littered with plastic tampon applicators. She thought that they were pencils but the imagery was the same. As a woman, I’m contributing to this big mess every month. A woman with a daughter, mind you, who would also then contribute to this mess. Was I brave enough to stem the red tide with a re-useable product?
After I got over the initial ick factor I started researching products. I found a Canadian company based out of Winnipeg that will plant a tree for every product purchased. Bonus! I read about the different cloth types available and what their benefits were and decided on bamboo cloth. As I added items to my cart I choked a bit on the total which was well over $200 to get me started. Was this endeavour worth it? According to the company’s website a re-useable pad will last up to 5 years. If on average I spent $20 a month on disposable products I would recoup these costs in as little as 10 months and then not have to spend anything for another 4 years and 2 months.
Now, here’s where our dear male readers may want to call it quits. This is my honest review of the actual product. No, I’m not getting paid for the review. If anyone knows how I can get paid for the review, please let me know. Haha. No. Seriously.
The bamboo pads came in a tie-dyed print and were super soft. It felt like a pillow in your underwear. A soft, warm pillow. Whew. A very warm pillow. Good on these Polar Vortex days but not sure how I feel about this warmth in the summer time. I may be opening my own swamp tour company. Absorbency was honestly equivalent to a disposable product, but without the super-sticky-pull your leg hair out wings, the cloth pad had a tendency to do acrobats when you were moving around. At one point it was upside down and I was trying in vain to flip it back around without obviously shoving my hands down my pants at a swim meet. That would have opened up a whole different kind of conversation that I wasn’t too keen on having.
Am I happy to have tried this experiment? Will I stick with it?
I’m going to try, at least for the next 4 years and 2 months.