Ditch the Disposables with the DivaCup – giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway to help (the ladies) with the Ditch the Disposables Challenge! Thanks to DivaCupยฎ, I am giving away a size 1 or size 2 reusable DivaCup menstrual solution.

I haven’t personally used a DivaCup, but I do have my Moon Cup which, used alongside cloth pads (just in case), I have learned to love. It takes a little getting used to, but once you figure it out, you can’t imagine going back to disposable products. Seriously.

Using a DivaCup for your menstrual cycle is an easy way to live a little greener. According to DivaCup:

Women, on average, experience a lifetime menstruation span of 41 years (11-52). From use of disposable feminine hygiene, an estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped into the North American environment each year (1998). More than 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.

Most tampons and pads contain surfactants, adhesives and additives. In addition, most pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production is a pollutant. Also, dioxin, a known carcinogen, is a by-product of the bleaching process of tampons containing rayon. In landfills, many of these substances can leach into the environment (groundwater, streams and lakes) causing serious pollution and health concerns.

Women can reduce dangerous landfill waste by choosing to use a reusable, silicone menstrual cup. When considering the pollution and volume of waste that is inherent in the use of disposable tampons and pads, replacing oneโ€™s feminine hygiene with The DivaCup makes good environmental sense and manifests in a positive eco-footprint every month!

More about the DivaCup:

The DivaCup is a non-absorbent menstrual cup that simply collects menstrual flow. It can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours.

The DivaCup is made from top quality silicone โ€“ the same material used in healthcare applications for over 50 years.

Silicone is phthalate-free, latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free!

Due to government standards and the personal, hygienic nature of the product, we recommend a menstrual cup should be replaced once a year. Ultimately, it is still up to the consumer to decide when she feels it is necessary to replace the cup.

Win It!
If you want a chance to win a DivaCup:

  • First be sure you’ve entered the Ditch the Disposables Challenge
  • Then leave me a comment here
  • For an extra entry: Tweet (on Twitter) about the giveaway linking to this post AND including @crunchygoddess (hey, that’s me!) in your Tweet, AND leave me a 2nd comment here.

The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Oct. 13. The winner will be selected randomly using Random.org on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and emailed (so be sure to include a valid email address).

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63 thoughts on “Ditch the Disposables with the DivaCup – giveaway”

  1. I wish I had one of these now, on the start of our road trip! I have been wanting one for months now, but have been happy with my cloth pads, but certain times (like going on a roadtrip!) would definitely call for a DivaCup!

  2. Enter me in! I am planning on trying the DivaCup after the baby is weaned for sure either way! If you haven’t tried the DivaCup brand by then, I’ll be doing a review as well…even though I know that might be a year from now!

  3. Well, I had previously been a little skeptical about this, but now that I am back to getting my period on a semi-regular basis, it definitely seems like the way to go. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. What perfect timing! I was just researching these last week, but I am unable to afford it right now. It is on the top of my list when I have a bit of extra money, but how fantastic would it be if I could win one!! Thanks!!

  5. I’ve been thinking of switching from cloth pads to a diva cup because I spend a lot of time rinsing and washing out my pads. I go through 10 or 12 on a heavy flow day. I have a really heavy flow and am thinking the amount of water I use on soaking and washing my pads is a bit ridiculous. Maybe a diva cup is more the way to go?

  6. You got me interested because I just ordered a Diva Cup — wouldn’t you know! So you don’t actually have to enter me (although I haven’t used it yet, so could return it… ;), but I will keep an eye out for the LunaPads and I’ve (belatedly) joined the Ditch the Disposables Challenge.

  7. Oh I am so naughty – I have had this site in my bookmarks for months but have never got round to ordering one.

    Having just had a baby I am making a resolution that when my cycle starts again I will be disposable free…

  8. I’ve joined the challenge, and am curious to try this product. I’ve heard good recommendations, but have always been too nervous.

  9. Do not enter me- I do not need a Diva cup- I must have a DEVO cup! Luckily I do not menstruate (although I have been accused of having my time of the month before)

  10. Please count me in!

    However, I’m like, what’s with the whole *replacing it after a year* thing?

    I’ve had mine for three years and it’s fine. Still in perfect condition, and works beautifully.

    Since when did a totally re-usable product become something that the manufacturer recommends you buy again and again?

    Sorry, but I have a real issue with this! Grrr! I think I’ll be writing to Diva and complaining!

    Anyway, thanks for the great offer. If I win, I’ll be giving it to a student friend, as they’re expensive to ship over here.

  11. I don’t need to be entered, but I wanted to add my two cents for those out there who are skeptical…. the Diva Cup is awesome! It’s convienent, and there’s no rushing out to buy “stuff” when you run out. Totally try it, it’s worth it!

  12. The ditch the disposables challenge has been so inspiring for my family and me. We are ditching lots more disposables than we originally planned and I would love to try out the Diva Cup to cross one more disposable off my list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I’d love to try the diva cup, I have not done great in my ditch the disposables challenge. I used a take-out container, grrr.

  14. i was just cleaning a desk drawer at work and found half a box of tampons. god knows how old they are, i started w/the diva cup a year and a half ago. oh well, i’m sure i can find someone who will use them.

  15. Ohhh! Great contest! I have a size 1 but now that I’ve had two kids I’m sure it wont fit and I’ll need a size 2! Thanks for the opportunity. I’ll be linking to your post on my site…great facts!

  16. I have been using a moon cup for more than 15 years (OMG!). It is awesome, and I can’t imagine that a diva cup is much different. As far as money goes, it is more than worth buying one if you don’t win, it will definitely save you money in the long run. I used the same cup from the time I was 20 until I was 31 (and had my first kid). I think that is a pretty good product lifetime.

    BTW I love reading your blog! Great thoughts and ideas!

  17. I’m ditching the disposables.
    I’ve been dying to try the Diva Cup, but just never have (usually pregnant or bfing, so don’t need it all that often. Since this is our last baby, though, I’ll need this).

  18. Me, me! Just joined the ditch the disposables thingie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been meaning to try the diva cup but… $_$ Once this baby is out, though, i AM going to!

  19. I so need this!! Within the past year, I’ve developed an allergy to disposable feminine hygiene products and have been wanting/needing to try this!

  20. I absolutely adore my Diva Cup. Seriously, in spite of the weird reaction many people have to the idea, I find it the most sanitary way to address menstruation. I’m a big fan.

  21. I have used the DivaCup for years now. I was a bit skeeved out at first but after the first few times using it it became no big deal. It’s great for the environment and cheaper on the wallet.

  22. No need for this, because I’ve got one AND I LOVE IT!!! I originally decided to get one prior to embarking on a backpacking adventure with my husband, because of the ridiculous amount of space tampons would take up in my backpack. Then I thought about how much needless waste – plastic wrapping, cardboard box, MORE plastic wrapping, applicator, tampon – I was tossing using disposable products. I’ve been using my Diva Cup for about two years now, and I’m totally besotted with it. Turned a few other women on to them as well!

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