Did you know that disposable period products are part of the problem in the fight against plastics? So what can you do to help?
Periods, a lot of us have them but for some reason it’s still a bit of a taboo subject and period waste, even more so. Pads can in some cases be made up of about 90% plastic – containing as much as four supermarket bags. Tampons are mainly cotton and rayon based but have components made up of polyester materials, not to mention the chemicals. Many also come individually wrapped in plastic with plastic applicators.
The average woman is estimated to use, and throw away, in excess of 10,000 of these in her menstrual lifetime!
When I say have a green period, I obviously mean more eco friendly. I switched to natural cotton tampons years ago after reading about the chemicals in normal ones and I’ve never gone back. But now there are so many different eco and more natural friendly options available.
Buy organic, not only are they better for you, but also the planet. They come with a cardboard applicator (TIP: push the tampon out a little before using as the applicator can be a little stiff) and are wrapped in paper. You can get applicator free ones too.
Or invest in a reusable tampon applicator that can be used with organic cotton tampons. Yes I know, mind blown!
I’m sure you will have heard of these things by now, but if you haven’t, basically they are reusable little cups, typically made of medical-grade silicone. Once inserted into the vagina they collect, not absorb, menstrual blood. You then empty the cup as needed, wash and reuse. The cups can be used for 10 years making them a great waste free alternative.
There are so many different menstrual cups that I would recommend having a look at Put A Cup In It to see which one may suit you.
They do take a bit of getting used to and I haven’t mastered them yet, but I have friends who swear by them!
You could try reusable pads, cloth sanitary pads (CSP’s) or period pants. With so many different brands you are bound to find one that meets your needs. Have a browse on Earthwise Girls.
I recently tried some period pants from modibodi and I found them fab for the last few days, although they can be worn throughout your period. Some can hold up to 2 1/2 tampons worth! They are less bulky than CSP’s and you can choose a variety of styles, colours and also absorbencies.
I can imagine them to be a comfy option post baby or for any kind of women’s surgery. I recently had a laparoscopy for endometriosis and instead of pads post surgery I packed my period pants. They are also a good option for wearing when you are getting used to using a period cup, or for overnight too.