This is a product called Sea Pearls that is a “sea sponge” kit that replaces tampons. They are natural and can be re-used. If you remember a few years back we had the toxic shock syndrome associated with tampons and their use. The sea sponges are organic.
In addition the website, which is in the UK has a number of places to buy them; however in the US I don’t know if there’s any potential involvement from the FDA as I didn’t see any locations here and don’t know if they are approved. The site did a cost analysis and it shows they are much less than buying the paper tampon products.
All of the tampons end up in our sewage systems for sure. The Sea Sponges are reusable for up to 6 months and maybe even a bit longer. If you are a woman that has heavy cycles, use 2 sponges if needed as there’s no danger. They can be rinsed with water and cleaning can take place by soaking them in a solution of vinegar and water, baking soda and water, peroxide and water and the site has a few more suggestion.
They recommend natural air drying in between use and cycles. If you want a string the site states you can sew on a piece of dental floss and they do come in different sizes. The average woman uses nearly 17,000 disposable pads and tampons in a life time or about 600# of paper/cotton.
Sea Pearls™ are natural, reusable Atlantic sea sponge tampons. They are a safe, efficient, dioxin- and rayon-free alternative to the ordinary single-use fiber tampons. Did you know the average woman uses over 17,000 tampons during her menstruating years? Why be the average woman?
Sea Pearls™ are natural sea sponges. Sponges are plant-like creatures growing in colonies on the ocean floor. There are over five thousand varieties, the softest of which are the Atlantic and Mediterranean Silks. As sponges are harvested, millions of egg and sperm cells are released into the surrounding water, making the sponge an ideal renewable resource that provides an ecologically sound product for menstrual use.