Ecological consequences for our forests There are approximately 125 million menstruating women in the U.S., most of which dispose of used feminine hygiene products by wrapping them up in toilet paper and flushing them or less commonly, throwing them in the trash. The average female uses one extra roll of toilet paper during their menstruation for the purpose of feminine hygiene product disposal alone. Therefore the average female would use about 450 rolls of toilet paper in their lifetime just on feminine hygiene product disposal alone. That number translates to about 9.5 trees used per female. Based on that fact, the 125 million menstruating females in the U.S., will find that over 380 million trees will be cut down, turned into toilet paper, and used for tampon disposal over the next 35-40 years (avg. menstruating lifetime).
Forests are being destroyed to make toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels and other disposable paper products. We can help by reducing the amount of paper that is wasted. Millions of trees can be saved by using S.A.C. products instead of wrapping up feminine hygiene products in toilet paper.
The average woman flushes used personal hygiene products after wrapping them in toilet paper. Floatables is the term used to describe the trash, debris and other visible material discharged when sewers overflow. Floatables generally include sanitary products and other wastes commonly flushed down the toilet.
Floatable debris has an adverse effect on the marine environment and is costly to clean up. Reducing waste at the source means it does not have to be collected, handled or processed by sewage treatment facilities or cleaned up by floatable collection programs.
Disinfectants commonly used to clean up after feminine hygiene products in restrooms such as quaternary ammonium compounds, phenols and bleach are registered with the EPA as pesticides. These toxic chemicals are used for routine cleaning. By utilizing S.A.C. products, cleaning service companies will have less mess to clean and disinfect which means using less chemicals resulting in fewer toxins being released into our water.
Stopping floatable debris at their sources is everyone’s responsibility. Combined sewer overflows contribute to sewage-related items (condoms, tampons and applicators) ending up in our oceans and waterways. They do not degrade over time and contribute to floatable debris. Careful collection, handling and disposal of personal hygiene products can help to reduce the floatable debris problem. We must stop this problem at its source, in our households, hotels, restaurant’s, cruise ships and businesses. We are working to improve the public’s awareness and attitude towards littering.
By utilizing S.A.C. products you will be preventing waste before it is generated. It is a common-sense way to save financial and natural resources, as well as reduce pollution.
People everywhere are responding to a strengthening trend in using natural products and overall environmental health of our planet. Corporate reputation for environmental responsibility would make consumers more likely to frequent or buy from the establishment. Businesses’ that use our products will distinguish themselves as considerate and environmentally responsible.
People are becoming more hygiene focused. They are concerned with overall cleanliness of restroom facilities. Use of our products will create a healthier and more comfortable environment. Improper handling of these products can result in the spreading of harmful bacteria, germs and disease. In hotels or cruise ships, people are confined to rooms that they often share with a colleague, friend or family member. Often there is only a small visibly open waste basket available for sanitary disposal of personal hygiene products. It is difficult, if not impossible to disguise these products unless one uses tremendous, wasteful amounts of paper to hide it. Many patrons will attempt to flush these items to save the embarrassment, even if it means a risk of clogging the toilet.
In public places the waste bin (sometimes provided) usually has a lid that appears filthy and most women prefer not to touch it or open it seeing what is inside or even falling out of the bin.
Cleaning professionals and staff also need to be concerned with handling the improper disposal of these products in restrooms and coming into contact with potentially harmful bacteria, germs and disease.
It is important to address the need to offer the option of discrete sanitary disposal. Without this option available, the only other option is to flush personal hygiene products that will in most cases cause plumbing clogs resulting in flooding. The use of our products will save thousands of dollars annually in plumbing expenses not to mention the expense of losing patrons due to smelly and embarrassing bathrooms.
Disposing of used feminine hygiene products by wrapping them up in excessive amounts of toilet paper and flushing them or less commonly, throwing them in the trash is a waste of paper. Utilizing the inexpensive alternative of a small degradable S.A.C. bag in place of large amounts of toilet paper will save money and resources.
Reducing the need for debris clean up for municipalities will save all communities, time and money.
Lastly, if there is no place to dispose of these products they can be thrown on the floor. This is unsightly and unsanitary. With S.A.C. products cleaning time can be reduced, saving time and money and the facilities will be cleaner.