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to think plastic applicators for Tampax are disgraceful and unjustifiable?

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appropriatelytrained Wed 19-Oct-11 10:17:45

I sent DH to buy me a pack of tampons recently from the local shop. He came back with Tampax Compak (the only choice).

I'm no green activist, but I was shocked to see non-biodegradable, non-recyclable plastic applicators used for this product.

It seems to me that applicators are generally pretty unnecessary but to make them out of plastic just for convenience and comfort (Tampax's response to my query) makes them an unjustifiable vanity product.

Churning out plastic applicators for no genuine purpose when the company know (despite what they may say) that these products will end up flushed down the toilet, is disgraceful.

Right, I'll get off my soap box. I don't post here usually but I just felt really angered by this when so many companies are trying very hard to change the ^ necessary ^ packaging of their products, this company is producing unnecessary packaging without thought of consequence.

lesley33 Wed 19-Oct-11 10:20:09

YANBU - but did get some given to me by a friend when at her house - came on early. tbh they were nicer to use. And how do you insert them without an applicator? I am 47 and have never worked that out. But cardboard is fine.

Arachnophobic Wed 19-Oct-11 10:20:29

Applicators are unnecessary?

Rather that than I stick my finger up my bleedin fanjo.

Buy yourself a moon cup if you are that environmentally friendly.


squeakyfreakytoy Wed 19-Oct-11 10:20:53

Many women buy these by their own choice. Me included. I prefer them, and will continue to use them.

HauntyMython Wed 19-Oct-11 10:21:53

I use them as I hate the cardboard applicators. The compak ones are a lot easier to use.

But I'm getting a mooncup soon.

TheVampireEmpusa Wed 19-Oct-11 10:22:23

YABU I find them much easier to use than the ones either without applicators, and more comfortable than the cardboard ones.

gushofbloodtothefloor Wed 19-Oct-11 10:23:54

Oh the beaches as littered with these things, it is beyond grim. Took my littlies to Llantwit Major beach in the summer and spent my entire time trying to stop my toddler picking them up, or avoiding sitting on them. They are like some new breed of marine creature. Hate to think what they are doing to the ocean ecosystem sad

AKMD Wed 19-Oct-11 10:25:02

YANBU about the plastic thing I suppose. I never really thought about it. I buy them and use them. I don't see that the plastic ones are any better than the old cardboard ones. I used to buy non-applicator tampons but swtiched when a boy at school went through my bag, pulled one out and ran around showing everyone pretending it was a rocket blush.

domesticdiva Wed 19-Oct-11 10:25:28

Ring up your local council and see if they can go into your plastic recycling? grin Other than that just don't buy them.

frownieface Wed 19-Oct-11 10:25:36

Ok lets all make our own sanitary products. I will get the loom.

Seriously yabu, some women cant use 'normal applicators', some women cant use towels, some women cant use a mooncup... do you get the picture. Not everyone is the same. And in normal household recycling no you would not be able to put a item with human blood on it (yes only a small amount but even so) that would be akin to disposing needles in the recycling.

Pixieonthemoor Wed 19-Oct-11 10:31:55

YAtotallyNBU!! I am no green fiend but I was totally HORRIFIED when they started producing these! How can they possibly justify such an environmentally unfriendly product? Nothing wrong with the cardboard applicators and the thick plastic unrecyclable tubes smack if vandalism to me. Shame on them for just trying to make a fast buck.

appropriatelytrained Wed 19-Oct-11 10:41:49

Mooncup!! grin

Like I said I am no big green but seriously, grown women can't use a tampon without an applicator? How does that happen?

You seriously do not have to stick your finger up your fanjo!!

TheVampireEmpusa Wed 19-Oct-11 10:43:35

I'm glad you feel so good for not needing an applicator hmm

Some of us do, deal with it.

appropriatelytrained Wed 19-Oct-11 10:43:39

It can't be recycled as you say frownie but that is my point - if you really need to use an applicator, why make it plastic?

appropriatelytrained Wed 19-Oct-11 10:44:21

I don't feel so good hmm - just why does it have to be plastic?

Deflatedballoonbelly Wed 19-Oct-11 10:45:39

The cardboard ones are nasty. I very nearly turned myself inside out once when removing it.

appropriatelytrained Wed 19-Oct-11 10:46:19

I don't want to be shot down here but why do some women need rather than prefer to use them. I am being genuine in my inquiry here.

I can see teenagers getting used to tampons might prefer them but I don't understand why there is a need rather than a preference.

And again, if there is a need, why plastic?

That's it really.

Greythorne Wed 19-Oct-11 10:47:08


i need and want an applicator

i prefer a plastic applicator

there are lots of other green battles to fight

please don't start picking on women's sanitary protection choices

try the massive amounts of water squandered by water companies through wastage first

charitygirl Wed 19-Oct-11 10:47:44

Yes - were women not able to use tampons before the invention of plastic applicator?. It didn't seem to be a problem...I'm 33 and 'Compaq' are a relatively new product.


TheVampireEmpusa Wed 19-Oct-11 10:48:33

I find the cardboard ones hugely uncomfortable, verging on painful. The plastic ones don't cause the same problems.

EllaDee Wed 19-Oct-11 10:49:00

According to the last nurse who did my smear 'ooh, you do have a bit of a twist up there, ha ha' (hmm did not begin to describe my expression). I use applicators but yes, would much prefer cardboard not plastic.

Deflatedballoonbelly Wed 19-Oct-11 10:49:03

its a preference. Unless the people who are so anti this are natural hemp wearing, frugal bin diving, use my old flannels for pads then I wont really take much notice of your annoyance hmm

TheVampireEmpusa Wed 19-Oct-11 10:49:04

"Yes - were women not able to use tampons before the invention of plastic applicator?"

Without the applicators I could only use towels.

ThePopsicleKat Wed 19-Oct-11 10:51:10

I have used non-applicator and applicator tampons, I have no real preference. Never thought about the recycling issue, you might have a point.

Although, I am very curious as to how you insert a non-applicator tampon without sticking your finger up there. Does your fanjo come with its own suction feature? confused

BedatHogwarts Wed 19-Oct-11 10:54:36

yabu - why are you flushing sanitary products down the toilet when they should be disposed of in a bin?

And am I the only person who thinks non-biodegradeable plastic is preferable to biodegradable? Because when the oil does eventually run out, the plastic will still be in it's original form, ready at the landfill to be dug up and recycled.

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