June’s Monthly competition

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Rachael Hertog\'s patterned washable pads with organic insert

Roll up, roll up for our first Zero waste competition. The prizes each month will focus on helping you to reduce your own landfill contribution and slim your bin.

The monthly competitions are designed, created and run by Little Miss Green. That prevents me having to make a decision about the lucky winner because decision making is not my forte. In addition it keeps her out of mischief and puts her in charge of something. Which frankly, is her forte.

Any opportunity that she gets to do as she pleases, set the rules and generally act like she owns the place is a bonus as far as she is concerned.

This month, we’ve turned our monthly competition into a monthlies competition. It comes with a sexual discrimination act disclaimer, but we know you lovely men out there will understand; and of course you are welcome to enter on behalf of a special lady in your life.

Alongside Tampon Alert week (with the rather stark theme of โ€œPlease tell her – tampons can kill.โ€) we’re excited to have the lovely Rachael Hertogs on board with a prize! She is offering you lovely ladies out there the opportunity to win one of her gorgeous handmade washable pads.

If you want to know why one of these could benefit you then read our article, reusable sanitary protection.

Not exactly your average talk-about-it-in-company-around-the-meal-table competition prize, but then we’re not exactly your average family.

And if we can prevent one woman sticking 12,000 disposable items in the landfill (that’s the amount of disposable sanitary items the Mrs Average Uk resident chucks into the dustbin in her lifetime) or stop another woman suffering the devastating (or even fatal) consequences of Toxic Shock Syndrome from tampon use; then we’ll be doing a happy dance, a one legged jig and a playful slap on the bottom about that.

Rachael is proud runner up in this year’s Sustainable Business Awards competition and can boast the kudos of producing the only organic washable pads and panty liners in the UK.

If you just can’t bring yourself to make a complete switch then, as Rachael says, if you only use washable pads as night, it will reduce the amount of waste produced and thrown in the landfill.

The lucky winner can choose from a fun and funky patterned design (go on – you know you want the one with bunnies on) with organic cotton inserts, or the more grown up ‘au natrelle’ look of plain organic cotton.

Competition question:

Little Miss Green wants to know your best idea for how to reduce the amount of rubbish you send to landfill each week. Phew – I’m glad I’m exempt from entering my own competitions; she’s a task master. That should get you all thinking and rolling your brain cells around.

How to enter:

Click here to enter. Select ‘competition entry’ from the drop down box and remember to include your name and address, your choice of pad (plain or patterned) along with your idea for reducing the amount of rubbish you send to landfill each week.

Little Miss Green will choose the best entry in a full 28 day menstrual cycle’s time on 1st July.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Alice says:

    We feed as much of our left-over food as possible to the birds each day. My son is almost 2 and often leaves a bit of porridge and toast in the mornings so we put it on the bird table and the birds love it. We then also get to enjoy watching the birds as we finish our breakfast!

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Alice, what a lovely idea. Gotta look after our feathered friends!

    I’ve forwarded your comment for a competition entry ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It’s a lovely thing to teach our children and I’m sure the birds thank you for it too ๐Ÿ™‚

    mrs G x

  3. dave says:

    As a bloke who has played tough rugby and talks in a gruff voice, lemme just say, I really agree with washable pads. Heck! men are so proud of their bodily fluids… erh-hmmm, (moving along quickly) but still think we have the right to condemn and judge a woman’s natural bodiy funtions. Isn’t it strange that the first time menarche happens, us men can’t wait to take advatage of ‘new womanhood’, but thereafter consider it an excuse to go down the pub and compalin!! No wonder you gals have a hard time of it. I think it’s about time we all woke up, smelled the coffee and got over our hangups. If this helps the environment and helps my gal feel good about herself… I support it!

  4. Mrs Green says:

    Thanks Dave – it’s great to hear of men who are not afraid to show their support and to speak out on such a ‘taboo’ issue.

    Your partner is a lucky girl ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mrs G x

  5. I’ve been using cloth san-pro for years now and when admitted to hospital for a gynae problem last year the first thing they ruled out was Toxic Shock – as it just doesn’t happen with cloth! The Gynae consultant told me that tampons are the worst thing you can put anywhere near your body, let alone in it.
    I could use a couple more so I’m off to browse Rachel’s site now….
    All the best,
    Sarah

  6. Mrs Green says:

    Sarah, thank you so much for sharing that information. I find the comment shocking to have come from a Gynae consultant – they must know something that many of us don’t.

    I hope you find something you like on Rachael’s site ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mrs G x

  7. Miss Emma McCormack says:

    When i am on my monthlies and i am just going to be at home, i use cloths which you buy from mothercare and washable nappies. They are really good as you soak them in salty water for a little while then just wash then as normal. they last really well. and they do not cast alot to begin with.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Emma,

    Great to see you and thank you for leaving a comment; it’s been lovely to have so many people sharing their experiences with us.

    It sounds like you have worked out the perfect solution for those ‘at home’ days – I’m glad this works out for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mrs G x

  9. Nicola says:

    I always save up toilet roll inner, washing up bottles, egg boxes and other sturdy plastic and paper stuff and give them to my local nursery … they can’t get enough of that sort of stuff for craft projects.

  10. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Nicola,

    Good to see you and thank you for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s great to hear that your local nursery cannot get enough of materials for ‘junk modelling’. I must admit I’ve never tried it, I thought they might not appreciate it. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all that.

    Thanks for the idea. Have you ever tried a scrapstore? Do they like things like that?

    Mrs G x

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