Let’s talk about a sustainable period! Yes, quite a different topic on the blog today but hey, it is all about sustainability which always is a topic on my blog.
I find it actually super important to write a little about ways to make your period more sustainble, because not only is this post about how to handle that time of the month in a sustainable way for the planet but also for your health! Conventional tampons and pads usually contain nasties such as perfumes, polyethylene, polypropylene, rayon, bleach and cotton that is grown using pesticides. Do you really want to have these substances inside your body? I personally do not.
But hey, they are alternatives and there is no need to be frustated 🙂
- The Menstrual Cup
- Reusable Pads
- Organic Cotton Tampons and Pads
Let’s talk about each of them in more detail…
The Menstrual Cup
I am pretty sure you have heard about the menstrual cup already!? They are everywhere right now and it is nice that they are! Menstrual cups can last up to ten years and are probably the mosst sustainable way to deal with that time of the month. You only have to change them like three times a day and can wear them overnight.
So yes, they are super sustainable and a super easy way to handle the period. However, some women feel uncomfortable wearing them and I can relate to that. I find it tricky to handle the whole thing and even though I wear one for a couple of days every month, it is not like my favorite thing to do.
What are your experiences with the menstrual cup?
By the way, you can find them from various brands, when you google mensutral cup you will get a ton of different options in different shapes. I use a moon cup but I do not think they are any better than any of the other options out there.
What? That’s disgusting! Wait until you have had a baby wearing cotton diapers and you will not find anything like a reusable pad disgusting any longer 😀 No, seriously, it’s a little bit of blood dropping on to a cotton pad that can be washed at 90 C. There is nothing disgusting about it. Actually, the pesticides and chemicals in conventional pads are much more disgusting compared your very own blood.
I usually use reuasble pads the days before my period starts for real and when it has almost come to an end. So we are talking about those days when there is only like a little drop of blood every now and then and there is no need to be afraid of stains on your pants.
I get my reusable pads from Monomeer.de which is a German online shop for plastic free products and I am sure you will be able to find a similar online shop in your country as well!?
Have you every tried using reusables?
Organic Pads and Tampons
Finally, there is a way which is probably the most convenient for most of us – using what we were used to use in years, but in an organic version, 100% compostable, and without any plastic, perfume, chlorine…
Since a couple of years FINALLY organic pads and tampons can be found in more and more shops and people get more aware of this option. Natracare is a brand that I have been trusting in a couple of years now. Their products are 90-100% compostable, plastic free, perfume free, chlorine free etc.
There is a really nice graphic on their website where it is explained that a women is using around 11.000 pads or tampons in her lifetime, which are made of 90% plastic materials! Imagine all that plastic!
I am actually a huge fan of organic pads and tampons. Sure, a menstrual cup would be more sustainble and a reusable pad too, but I am a little lazy in the end anyway and I just feel more comfortable using “normal” pads and tampons, however, made in a sustainable way!
Now, as we are talking about the period, I want to mention another little product that I got to know recently and that I really would like to tell you about. You & Oil provides an essential oil blend that can help in case of painful and irregular menstruation. I find essential oils really helpful whenever I experience pain of any kind (especially head ache…). This blend of aromatic oil can be really helpful in case you ever face menstrual cramps.
I hope you found this post intersting and inspiring and I wish you a great weekend ahead!