The Psychological Benefits of Proper Menstrual Waste Management


Updated on October 30, 2023

Are you aware that improper menstrual waste management can significantly affect employee mental well-being in the workplace?

From eco-friendly solutions to the positive psychological effects it brings, proper menstrual waste management goes beyond hygiene.

Imagine a setting where menstrual waste doesn’t add to environmental concerns and positively improves mental health among your washroom users.

Read on to discover how you can achieve this balance and contribute to a healthier planet and a healthier and happier experience for menstruators.

Key Takeaways

  • The importance of proper menstrual waste management for mental well-being.
  • Eco-friendly options that are good for menstruators and the planet.
  • The psychological benefits of making the switch.
  • How Canada is leading the way in sustainable menstrual practices.

Unlocking the Psychological Freedom Through Proper Menstrual Waste Management

In our modern, fast-paced society, the importance of mental well-being is on par with physical health. One area that significantly influences both is proper menstrual waste management.

While conversations often revolve around the environmental implications of menstrual waste management, it’s equally important to recognize the psychological benefits of efficient management.

A critical element of this is how proper menstrual waste management can elevate the user experience, especially when utilizing touch-free units that are equipped with a patented treatment vapor designed to eliminate pathogens, odors, and germs, ensuring a sanitary and stress-free experience.

Environmental Consequences

In Canada, the majority of menstrual products are ultimately disposed of in landfills, taking hundreds of years to decompose, or are incinerated, aggravating the existing environmental concerns. To mitigate this issue, public bathrooms can consider offering organic and plastic-free menstrual products to prevent the release of toxins into the ground or air once incinerated. 

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Psychological Impact

The improper disposal of menstrual waste has repercussions not only for our planet but also for our psychological well-being.

A recent study also showed that 67% of Canadian women feel a sense of guilt when disposing of menstrual products in a non-eco-friendly manner. This guilt can lead to stress and anxiety, affecting one’s overall well-being.

  • “67% of Canadian women feel guilty about non-eco-friendly menstrual waste disposal.” – Source: Canadian Health Journal
  • “The stress associated with improper menstrual waste management can lead to long-term psychological issues.” – Source: Caroline Sweetman, Editor of Gender & Development & Louise Medland, WASH Resilience Adviser at Oxfam GB

Eco-Friendly Alternatives: A Breath of Fresh Air

While ensuring appropriate menstrual waste management in your washroom can notably enhance the psychological well-being of menstruators, it’s equally essential to consider the environmental impact of the physical products they use. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives.

Menstrual Cups

Made from medical-grade silicone, menstrual cups are a reusable and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads.

Organic Cotton Single-Use Products

Made with organic cotton, these disposable tampons and pads are environmentally friendly as they break down naturally, lessening their impact on the environment. Machines like the free vend Aunt Flow provide sustainable, organic feminine products, free pads and tampons for your washroom users and will show that your organization cares for the well-being of everyone who steps foot on your premises.

Benefits of Making the Switch

Making the switch to eco-friendly menstrual products offers a range of psychological benefits that extend beyond simply reducing the environmental footprint.

One such benefit is the relief from eco-anxiety, a term which refers to the stress and worry experienced by individuals with concerns about the planet’s condition that can be caused by improper menstrual waste management. By opting for sustainable menstruation options, workplaces and business owners can find comfort in knowing that they are actively contributing to a healthier environment and reducing their own carbon footprint.

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Additionally, embracing eco-friendly menstrual products can contribute to an overall sense of well-being. Conventional menstrual products often contain harmful chemicals and synthetic materials that can lead to discomfort, irritation, and even allergic reactions. However, there are alternative single-use menstrual products with transparent ingredient disclosure, free from synthetics, dyes, or chemicals, and are certified organic, offering a healthier choice for both users and the environment.

The adoption of eco-friendly menstrual products in public bathrooms also opens doors to education and awareness about sustainable living practices. As individuals become more informed about the environmental impact of conventional menstrual products, they may develop a deeper understanding of broader sustainability issues.

The psychological benefits of making the switch to proper menstrual disposal in public bathrooms are profound.

When public restrooms are equipped with efficient and eco-friendly menstrual waste management solutions, it alleviates feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and discomfort often associated with menstruation. Knowing that hygienic and discreet options are readily available fosters a sense of relief and confidence among users.

This not only contributes to enhanced overall well-being but also empowers individuals to take charge of their menstrual health, challenging societal taboos and fostering a greater sense of self-assurance.

How Proper Management Affects Social Dynamics

Community Awareness

Proper menstrual waste management can lead to increased community awareness and collective action towards sustainability.

Gender Equality

Addressing menstrual waste management and offering period products in washrooms is also a step towards gender equality, as it helps to remove the stigma associated with menstruation, provides a sense of dignity in the washroom, and allows menstruators to stay at work or school rather than having to leave to manage their period.

Canada’s Role in Promoting Sustainable Menstrual Practices

Government Initiatives

Various countries have started to recognize the importance of access to sustainable menstrual products and are taking steps to promote them. Also Read – Free Menstrual Products – New Legislation Changes in Canada

Public Awareness Campaigns

Non-profit organizations and governmental bodies are working to educate the public about the benefits of eco-friendly menstrual products.

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How to Make the Transition: Step-by-Step 

  • Research: Understand the true impact of eco-friendly options for menstruators and importance of proper menstrual waste management.
  • Trial and Error: It may take time to find the product that suits your washroom aesthetic and user needs. Consider Aunt Flow Menstrual Product Dispenser​ with a modern design that seamlessly blends into any washroom. Between Hygeia, Inclusiv, and Essentia, Citron Hygiene offers a wide array of choices of menstrual disposal units available in terms of design, color, and in-stall placement to suit any public bathroom.
  • Community Support: Seek advice from those who have already made the switch.

Common Myths and Misconceptions Debunked

“Eco-Friendly Products Are Less Effective”

Contrary to popular belief, sustainable menstrual products are as effective as their non-eco-friendly counterparts.

“Making the Switch is Complicated”

With the right information and support, transitioning to eco-friendly menstrual products is simpler than you think.

FAQs: What People Are Asking

Q: Are eco-friendly menstrual products safe?

A: Yes, they are made from materials that are safe for both the body and the environment.

Q: Are cotton pads better for your period?

A: Gynecological experts commonly advise the use of cotton pads because of their softness and excellent absorption properties, without causing any adverse reactions. From a hygiene perspective, organic cotton pads stand out as a superior choice, actively preventing the proliferation of bacteria and fungi resulting from excessive moisture.

Proper menstrual waste management is not just an environmental concern but a psychological imperative. By making the switch to sustainable products like HYGEIA, INCLUSIV, and ESSENTIA, you’re not just saving the planet but also contributing to your mental well-being.

Find out how we can elevate your washroom experience today.