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Sustainability is a word on everybody’s lips and rightly so. Unfortunately for us who have periods, the conventional sanitary products aren’t exactly the most environmentally friendly. In fact, tampons, pads and applicators generate around 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. So, I’ve made it my mission to find a more sustainable alternative. Here are three ways you can have a more sustainable period too.
Period pants are something I had my reservations about, but I’m so glad I’ve finally gave them a chance. I was kindly sent two pairs from WUKA*, who have multiple styles and cater for different flows. Period pants are like regular knickers, just extraaa padded. Depending on your flow, you can wear them all day and refresh at night, which is a huge selling point for me, as its much more convenient. I’ve never had a problem with leaking through etc. and I have a relatively medium flow. To wash, you just run them under cold water before popping them in the washing machine at 40 degrees and voila, ready to go again.
Unfortunately the UK government doesn’t recognise period pants as a menstrual product, meaning they still carry 20% tax. There is a campaign running to get rid of this tax, so I would urge you to sign this petition so period pants are cheaper and more accessible.
the menstrual cup.
Ahh the menstrual cup. I think most people will be familiar with these by now and rightly so. Such a brilliant alternative to tampons, that’s for sure. Similarly to period pants, you don’t have to change this regularly and can leave it in for up to 12 hours. Simply pinch the cup, pop it up and leave it until it’s time to change it. Empty the cup, give it a rinse and you’re ready to go again. Once you’re finished with it for the month, just sterilise it in boiling water.
Sadly for me, I didn’t get on with the cup. I’m not sure what went wrong, but it didn’t sit right and I found it extremely hard to remove. I just wanted to add this, not to put anyone off but to say that not everything can work for everyone, right?!
Here are a few fab companies offering menstrual cups:
re-useable tampon applicator.
This is something I discovered a few months ago and literally gasped because how had no one thought about this before?! Such a simple idea and so effective. A lot of plastic comes along with tampons, so to have a re-useable applicator is genius. This is made by the company DAME, who are on a mission to make periods positive. Alongside the applicator, they sell organic cotton free tampons. These are biodegradable, so using these in conjunction with the re-useable applicator is a win, win situation and keeps your period sustainable.
Although its slightly more expensive, if you’re a tampon user I think this is a brilliant alternative!
Have you got a favourite sustainable period product?