Menstrual Hygiene Day: Periods Without Single Use Products
How to save money and the planet
Regardless to what period adverts would have you believe, there are actually loads of different options that you could be using other than single-use pads and tampons. Did you know that the average consumer will go through 11,000 disposable pads/tampons in their lifetime? These products not only sit in landfills, but they release toxic chemicals into groundwater and the air while they are doing so. Altogether, they are pretty harmful not only to the environment, but also to your bank balance. Here are just a handful of other less wasteful options that you can be using, that just as kind to your body as they are to the environment.
1. Menstrual Cups
I’ve been a proud user of a menstrual cup for several months now and there is no way I will ever be going back to tampons! These guys last can last you up to 10 years and you can leave them in for 12 hours! There’s so many different types, but I use the Ruby Cup available on The Cup Effect’s website (you can use my code BRONTE10 for money off your order!) For every cup that you buy, The Cup Effect donate two to those who need them – it’s a win win if you ask me! Menstrual Cups are made out of silicone and sit under your cervix. It sounds quite terrifying at first, but once you’ve got the hang of the application its super easy! You can also put menstrual cups in before you’re even bleeding without doing any harm to your body (unlike tampons, which soak up the vagina’s natural fluids) so you can leave it in comfortably the day before you’re due on your period without worrying of leaking!
2. Reusable Period Pads
These aren’t my first option as a reusable product, but I would recommend them for night time when you can’t be bothered to put a menstrual cup in, or you’re very light. Much like disposable pads, you clip them onto your underwear and you’re good to go! All you have to do is put them in the washing machine and let them dry. I wouldn’t recommend using these in summer, though, as it can get quite sweaty down there! I’ve never been a big fan of pads anyway, but if you’re a regular pad user then these could be a great switch for you!
3. Period Underwear
I would recommend these over reusable pads. These are, quite literally, underwear with a pad built into them. They come in many different styles suitable for many different types of flows. Great for people who don’t fancy using a menstrual cup!
4. Period Sponge
The thought of these actually makes me feel a bit weird, but I thought I’d include them because I’ve never actually heard of these before! It works much like a tampon, where you insert it into your vagina and it soaks up the blood, except it’s a natural alternative and can last up to six months when properly cared for. From the research I’ve done online, you can leave them in for up to 8 hours, much like a tampon. I’ve also seen a few people recommend that you tie dental floss around part of the sponge to make taking it out a lot easier. You have to be ready to get down and dirty with your blood if you’re going to use a sponge, just a warning!
5. Organic, Biodegradable Tampons
If none of these products above are sounding right for you, don’t fret! There’s an amazing company called OHNE that sell tampons that are not only 100% organic (meaning they don’t have any of the shocking nastiness that are found in regular tampons) and they are biodegradable as well! Best of all: their applicator isn’t made out of plastic! They also work on a subscription service, so you don’t have to waste your time going to the shop to by the awful plastic ridden ones! They also have free shipping, so I see no reason why not to make the switch!