Urinary incontinence is one of those things many people aren’t comfortable talking about. The hush-hush issue is rarely discussed publicly despite the estimated 30 million Americans currently living with some level of urinary incontinence. It affects a large demographic including active seniors, baby boomers, women who have birthed multiple children and those with health conditions such as prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, strokes, epilepsy or bladder, urinary tract or pelvic cancers.
Given its prevalence, this is an issue many caregivers deal with daily, and it can take a toll on them as they support the ones they love.
Since the topic is blacklisted from most conversations, many people don’t know about all the available solutions. Worse yet, without knowing the facts, for years people have turned to adult diapers thinking it’s the only option. With adult diapers, however, there are issues for the wearer of discomfort and loss of dignity. For a caregiver, there’s also the cost to constantly buy these disposable products and frequent trips to the store to replace them – not to mention the environmental concerns.
Since the average wearer uses approximately 1,100 to 1,500 adult diapers each year, multiplied by millions of wearers across the country, billions of adult diapers are added to our trash heaps every year. As such, these disposable diapers are now the third largest consumer item in United States landfills, making up 17.5 million tons of garbage and 7 percent of all of the nation’s landfill waste. This number is staggering, especially when compared to infant diapers, which make up only 2 percent of landfills.
The issue is complicated further for many as adult diapers are sometimes labeled biodegradable. Yet, not even biodegradable diapers break down in a landfill according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board. It can actually take up to 500 year for a disposable diaper to decompose. Not only that, research from Natural-Environment.com showed that more than 82,000 tons of plastic and 250,000 trees are used to make disposable diapers each year.
It can’t be disputed: adult diapers are bad for the environment.
So in spite of attempts to keep the topic under wraps, now is the time to learn and share the facts about more eco-friendly alternatives like Men’s Liberty. This option is unknown by so many, yet Men’s Liberty is specifically designed for those who suffer from light, moderate or complete urinary incontinence.
Men’s Liberty also eliminates the discomfort and loss of dignity that can come with adult diapers. Many caregivers witness first-hand the embarrassment the issue can cause the ones we love. The Men’s Liberty is small and discreet, and is easily concealed under normal clothing. Even better: Men’s Liberty is less expensive because it covered by most state insurances, saving the average user hundreds of dollars compared to adult diapers.
Although Men’s Liberty is not a completely “green” product, we have made great strides over the past 24 months to reduce our environmental footprint. For example, we reduced the amount of plastic packaging we use to conceal the Men’s Liberty. This reduction in packaging helps to reduce waste to landfills. Additionally, the adhesive we use on Men’s Liberty, hydrocolloid, is made completely from plant and food grade materials, which are biodegradable. The paper packaging used to protect the faceplate and seal are also biodegradable. Another initiative we have implemented is sourcing materials from local suppliers whenever possible in order to reduce carbon emissions that occur as a result of transporting goods.
Unfortunately, we have not found a suitable alternative for the plastic collection bags or drain tube, but rest assured we are working on that as well.
Men’s Liberty is better for your wallet, better for the environment, better for your lifestyle, and better for the ones who care for you. Now, you and the one’s you love don’t have to worry about dealing with constant changing of the adult diapers, the odors and discomfort that can come with adult diapers, or frequent trips to the store to buy disposable diapers. Men’s Liberty allows men to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and reduces landfill waste.