What is The Green Period?

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I want periods to be a less taboo subject

A good six months ago (that’s probably a bit of an over exaggeration, but it was a while ago!) I wrote a blog post about how I wanted to talk about more things that mattered to me, as well as talking about books. And to some extent, that’s what I’ve done. I’ve talked about equal pay, the fast fashion industry, and a little bit about saving the planet.

But I want to take that a little further. Since I’ve decided to cut down my use of plastic, that’s also meant cutting out the normal tampons and sanitary pads. But what I’ve found really interesting is that alternatives to these are never advertised in mainstream media. Has anyone seen an advert on TV for a menstrual cup? For period underwear? I certainly haven’t. And then it got me thinking even more, I remember being at school and learning about periods and not once were cups or reusable pads mentioned. In fact, it wasn’t until I decided to cut down plastic that I found out about all these other options that are not only better for the environment, but better for your body.

So I’ve decided to start a little series on my stories and my IGTV where I try out these alternatives options and talk about my experience with trying them. I want to break the stigma that ‘period’ is a dirty word and is something that we shouldn’t talk about, whilst at the same time, showing people that there are other things you can be using.

Just to be clear, I’m not doing this to make people feel bad about using tampons and pads. I’m not going to judge anyone for what they use and I’m also not going to tell you what to do. I just know that when I decided to stop using them, I watched a lot of videos of people trying alternative products and reviewing them. I know that a lot of my followers are interested in cutting down on their plastic use, so I thought why not do the same thing myself?

I know that this isn’t going to be for everyone. And if you’re not interested then that’s perfectly fine, I’m not going to make you watch it. I’m also not going to talk about it all the time, obviously. It will only be a few stories for 5 days a week every month just talking about how I’m getting on.

Whilst I am doing this to educate people about other alternatives, I’m also doing it for myself. I strongly believe that we, as women, should be as free to talk about our bodies do and go through as we want. And personally, I want periods to be a less taboo subject for me because, admittedly, it’s still a subject I shy away from and I really don’t want it to be. So this is something I want to do for me. You’re all welcome to be as involved, or least involved, as you would like.