The Frank guide to sustainable periods: It’s that time of the month again and you’ve once again gone through packets of throwaway sanitary pads and tampons.
But did you know that not only do these products cost money and contain harmful chemicals for the human body but they also damage the environment?
Tampons and pads contain plastic in their packaging or even in the product (even though it’s not a crucial material for their design). On top of that when you bin them they are not considered medical waste. They aren’t tracked and end up in landfills or, even worse, in our oceans harming our marine life.
Although we are taught that these are the best products to hold our menstrual flow, there are many alternatives on the market that are not only eco-friendlier but budget-friendlier too.
Menstrual cups are super easy to use as they only have to be rinsed and reinserted every 12 hours (that’s 8 hours more durability than a regular tampon). Menstrual cups are an amazing option when it comes to helping the environment and your body as they are a much safer option than tampons since there is no risk of getting Toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Some great brands that we like are Lunette, Diva Cup, Keeper Cup, Moon Cup, Lena Cup, and Lily Cup.
No need to get your knickers in a twist with these! Period pants are made of super absorbent and washable materials that feel and look normal. Plus, they can hold up to three to five teaspoons of menstrual blood.
We recommend brands such as Thinx, Bambody, and Proof, which have been tried and tested and all carry a wide variety of sizes, colours, and styles, so are perfect for every body type.
Reusable pads have far more absorbency than regular pads. They last for years and only have to be washed after each use. Reusable pads are made up of flexible and light materials, making them extremely comfortable and durable for everyday life. Companies such as Aisle, Hesta, Delphi Pad, GladRags, and Smartliners offer a great variety of products. Just keep in mind that like disposable pads, these need to be changed every few hours.
While we much prefer reusable products, these pads are a good option to include during your cycle as they are less harmful to the environment than regular pads. These are made from plant products, making them breathable, biodegradable, and compostable. One great company to look out for is Saathi as they make highly absorbent banana fiber pads as well as bamboo ones.
So next time you see red, go green! Choosing eco-friendly menstrual products is better for the planet and your body, period.
by Zara Garrido Jimenez