Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating for One, or 6 Billion

“By becoming a cook, you can leave processed foods behind, creating more healthful, less expensive and better-tasting food that requires less energy, water and land per calorie and reduces our carbon footprint. Not a bad result for us- or the planet.”

Top 5 Ways to Green Your Period!

Who knew that “going green” could be applied to more than reusable shopping bags and organic apples? 20 billion tampons and pads are thrown away each year, most of which end up in landfills (if you’re a Barnard woman, in Fresh Kills on Staten Island). Published by popular demand, here are a few simple ways to chose feminine hygiene products that are good for the health of the Earth and for your body!
1. Use organic cotton tampons
Organic cotton doesn’t just belong in tee-shirts! Chemical pesticides and fertilizers used to farm cotton can end up in your tampon, two things that no girl wants in her body. Find an organic cotton tampon here:

2. Skip the applicator                                                                                                                 Ditch the plastic and commit to using tampons without applicators, like o.b. or Maxim. With a little practice, inserting will become easy to do; just wash your hands with soap and water before and after inserting. Plus, no-applicator tampons are smaller and easier to carry.

3. Buy biodegradable pads                                                                                                      Most pads are manufactured using plastic, polypropylene, and ingredients sourced from petroleum. Did you know you can buy pads that are both flush-able and biodegradable?

4. DivaCup                                                                                                                                       “The DivaCup, an innovative menstrual cup, is reusable, making it an environmentally responsible choice as important as switching from plastic to canvas bags!” Reduce landfill waste by choosing a comfortable, reusable cup that can be simply inserted and removed after 12 hours, much longer than the typical tampon. Most women spend $150-200 a year on tampons and pads. Choosing a reusable cup is not only good for the environment, but good for your wallet.

5. Recycle the packaging                                                                                                              Buy products that are sold in recyclable materials (e.g. cardboard boxes, not plastic-wrapped). Remember, Barnard recycles cardboard, so you can simply stick your tampon boxes in the paper recycling bins with your junk mail and old newspapers.

Compiled with help from the HuffingtonPost and biggreenpurse blog