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Niharika
Singapore

I’ve always lived in coastal cities - Mumbai, Los Angeles, Singapore - and that’s why the oceans have been so important to me. And why plastic pollution really frustrates me. It seems like such a giant problem - tonnes and tonnes of plastic that will stay in our oceans and lands forever, choking turtles, being ingested by fish whom we in turn eat, suffocating our lands, leaking microplastics into our food chain - with no easy solution. And I think that’s true to an extent. Living in an urban city, it’s hard to rid your life of single-use plastic. It’s everywhere from takeout boxes and coffee cups, to water bottles and shopping bags, wrappers and straws. I’ve wanted to do something about this for a while - change something about my lifestyle, make a difference in some way. It’s been easy to get a refillable water bottle, buy a reusable coffee cup, and stop using straws.

But I wanted to take a bigger step. So I decided to stop using disposable sanitary napkins and tampons. Instead, I use a menstrual cup. It’s made of silicone, is easy to use, is reusable for years and is even more hygienic and kinder to my body than disposable alternatives. This simple change helps keep a large amount of plastic waste out of landfills and oceans. I hope that more girls take up reusable alternatives and dispel any myths about them being harmful or difficult to use. It’s been over 15 months since I made the switch, and I’m happy to say I’m never going back!