I was watching the Khoryug Conference today, brining the awareness to environmental care. It is a topic that is essential in our lives, whether we choose or not to be conscious of it.
We live our lives and often we may overlook the basic necessities that make our lives much easier. For me, I have lived in developing countries and to this day I feel privileged and blessed to open a faucet in my apartment in France and to have hot water come out, or to turn the dial and have heat and a nice convection oven and lights and a washer.
These things that comprise our basic life are not something that is daily available to many people in the world. In Peru where I lived for many years hot water is a luxury and energy and resources are not managed the same way as in the west. These luxuries of the western world demand that we focus our financial resources and efforts on helping others around the world who are not in the same situation. As a global community we need to learn to share.
I travel a lot, and one of the great things of traveling A LOT is that you learn to live out of a suitcase and you also learn to live simply and know what is needed and what is not.
I am vegetarian, I have not always been, but over the years I have come to appreciate it more and I do it mostly for the planet and to maintain well the lives of sentient beings.
In Peru I would buy leather and fur goods, that I was told was from animals that were not slaughtered for the purpose of selling the skins/furs. I know in some cases it was very true, as other people would validate the merchants claims and in other cases it was not as clear.
I live by making an effort to maintain Middle Path. Not to live in excess but to have a good standard and manage my energy well, moreover to live in a way that sustains the planet and Earth. I think it is doable for women to live with beauty and health and empowered feminine and to be also mindful of our Planet. It is still possible to have great taste, new clothing, good art, great style and earthy feel and be wealthy and support others and have a good relationship with the environment.
One of the biggest topics for women is the personal hygiene of the menstrual cycle and how to keep the impact of this to minimum. Some women are not conscious of this.
Impact on landfills
It is estimated that approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually. On an individual level, each of the approximately 73 million menstruating people in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg of disposable menstrual products (or 16,800 disposable pads or tampons) in their lifetime. These products require hundreds of years to biodegrade, particularly if wrapped in the plastic bag commonly provided for this purpose as part of their packaging. In fact, every piece of plastic ever made, still exists to this day.
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By choosing to use natural menstrual products like Lunapads, Lunapanties and The DivaCup, you are doing your part to help the environment. With proper care, our washable and reusable menstrual products will last for many years as opposed to 3 or 4 hours in the case of disposables. We estimate that 1 Lunapad replaces 120 disposable products. Just imagine not having to buy menstrual products at all for at least 5 years!
I can say that for years I have been using a menstrual cup and also support the use of luna pads. I believe women need to be educated and taught how to take care of their bodies properly during their cycles so that not only their personal ecology and relationship with body is healthy, in addition our planet benefits.
I am trained by my Chilean Elder in how to prepare a week long menstrual prayer retreat for women, a way to restore, revitalize, heal and reconnect with the feminine while making NO environmental impact with pads.
The topic of feminine menstruation is a big one, where men and women need to be educated.
I think personal ecology is a value that as we grow up we learn to bring more of into our lives, and perhaps some of us are blessed with educated parents who can teach us this.
I naturally live following the 8Rs
ReThink is probably the biggest one of all, continue to be mindful of consumption and deepen the teachings of the Earth and relationships with the Earth and the elements.
I find in EU there is an excess of packaging that I have not noticed in Canada or in Peru or USA. It is interesting to be aware of these things, and I try to make an effort to purchase things at the markets and without packages.
Lets continue to be as mindful and practice awareness around environmental care, so we can have a healthy planet for the future generations.
These are simple thoughts today, jump in on the conversation, share your opinions and thoughts, contribute to the dialog.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonan Wangmo