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Your Guide to Planet Friendly Periods
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Let’s talk periods. For years, most people used tampons and disposable pads and found that they worked quite well.
However, there are a number of reasons why you might consider making the switch to a menstrual cup, reusable cloth pad, or pair of period panties. Let’s get to it!
The most important reason to make the switch to eco-friendly period products is because of the environment. Estimates vary, but it’s thought that the average person will use 10,000+ tampons during a lifetime. If you use pads instead of tampons, the number will be roughly the same.
Pads, in particular, are bad because they’re made largely from non-biodegradable plastic. However, tampons, even the ones without plastic applicators come wrapped in little bits of plastic.
Compare this to a handful of menstrual cups, or 30 cloth pads over a lifetime. That’s a big difference in terms of plastic waste.
Better for our Health
Here’s something you may now know. Some of the leading brands of pads and tampons contain trace amounts of toxins in them. They come from the pesticides sprayed on the cotton, as well as the bleaching process during manufacturing.
This stuff is not only harmful to your body, but it’s not great for the environment either.
A better option is reusable period products that don’t contain toxic chemicals in them. Just be sure to stick with the top-quality ones. Cheap menstrual cups, for example, usually contain food grade silicone, but you should be using ones that are made from medical grade materials.
Those 10,000 tampons or pads? They’re expensive! You can potentially save thousands of dollars by making the switch to planet-friendly period products.
Switch early for maximum savings!
Now, let’s get into the three most popular planet friendly period products.
Planet Friendly Period Option #1: Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cups are new to the scene, and the first modern-day ones only came onto the market in the early 2000’s. Some of the most popular brands you may have heard of include the Diva Cup, Mooncup, Keeper Cup, Lunette or Lena Cup.
In case you don’t know what they are, here’s a quick overview. They’re bell-shaped cylinders that are usually made from medical grade silicone.
The way menstrual cups work is that they’re placed into your vagina, and they collect menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it like tampons do. At 12 hours, or sooner if it’s full, you take it out, empty and clean it, and then reinsert it.
The good news for your bank account balance and the planet is that they can last for around five years. That’s a whole lot of tampons one single cup can potentially replace.
You can get some help choosing the best menstrual cup for your body type at Reusable Menstrual Cups.
Planet Friendly Period Option #2: Reusable Cloth Pads
If you use disposable pads, you might want to consider making the switch to reusables. They’re quite similar, but reusable pads are made from cloth, bamboo, charcoal and other natural materials.
Like menstrual cups, cloth pads can last for around five years and replace a lot of disposable products.
However, cloth pads are not for everyone. They work best for people who are not out of the house for 12+ hours a day. That’s because you have to keep the soiled pads somewhere, instead of just throwing them into the trash. Many people carry a wet bag with them to get around this.
However, when you’re at home, you can just throw your pad into your laundry hamper if you don’t care about staining. If you do, you can soak your pad in cold water after use.
The other reason some people don’t like reusable pads is because they don’t have a sticky backing on them. Instead, they stay in place on your underwear with snaps. This means that they can slide around a little bit when exercising.
A solution is to keep a box of disposables in your bathroom cupboard for this situation, but then use reusables the rest of the time.
Learn more about this here: Cloth Pads vs Disposables.
Planet Friendly Period Option #3: Period Panties
The final option for a planet friendly period is period panties. They’re kind of like they sound—panties that protect against leaks during your period. Some of them have absorbent padding in them, in addition to a leak-proof layer.
If you use pantyliners a lot (for spotting, backup to a tampon, light incontinence, or vaginal discharge), then you might want to consider making the switch.
Although period panties do cost more than a box of pantyliners up front, you’ll save money over the medium to long-term, and you’ll also be preventing plastic waste from going to the landfill.
The best thing? Most people find them far less irritating to sensitive skin than pantyliners.
Learn more about planet friendly period products, including menstrual cups, reusable cloth pads and period panties. It’s time to make the switch from tampons or disposable pads to a more sustainable period solution. They’re good for the environment, our health, and also our bank account balances.
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Jackie Bolen is a tree-hugging, friend of the Earth who can usually be found on top of a mountain, paddling the oceans or drinking coffee around Vancouver, Canada. Her hope is that a reusable feminine hygiene product will one day be found in the hands of every single menstruating person in the world. You can find her at Reusable Menstrual Cups (https://reusablemenstrualcup.com/)