Three Ways To Make Your Period More Sustainable

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 🙂

  1. The Menstrual Cup
  2. Reusable Pads
  3. 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.

Reusable Pads

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!

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7 Kommentare

  1. Mai 27, 2017 / 1:48 am

    I have always hated the amount of waste that comes with your period, and the money spent of these items! I have really been considering the menstrual cup lately. Great post!

  2. Mai 29, 2017 / 5:29 am

    Ich schrecke leider immer noch ein bisschen vor so etwas wie der Menstruationstasse etc. zurück. Wenn man sich überlegt, was für Müll man während seinen Tagen produziert, wird mir zwar auch gleich wieder ganz schlecht… Aber ich muss zugeben, dass ich es erst vor gar nicht langer Zeit in den Griff gekriegt habe während meiner Tage nicht mehr so krass an Bauchkrämpfen und Migräne zu leiden. Und in der Zeit davor musste ich es quasi nur überleben und hab einfach nur alles getan, damit ich mich nicht noch elender fühle.
    Das hat sich jetzt erst geändert…

    Die Mittagspause in der Sonne zu machen ist wirklich schön. Mach ich auch total gern! Gut, dass wir eine Terrasse haben, da kann man dann sogar ein bisschen Arbeit dort erledigen.

    Ich schau solchen Mist wie GNTM auch eher selten. Aber allein aus beruflichen Gründen war ich zumindest etwas neugierig und wollte mal schauen, was die so bei den Shootings machen. War dann aber auch so langweilig, dass ich nicht mehr geschaut hab..

  3. Mai 29, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I have never ever seen this cup before! I don’t think it’s something for me though, I prefer natural cotton pads, the best for me. I’m not also a fan of any kind of tampons, I don’t think any of that is actually healhy, I mean natural thing is to get the blood out of your body. Very interesting post, maybe you will write something about natural birth control?It’s something I’ve been reading about lately. Anyway, it is so hot out there, our plsnts are growing like crazy, can’t wait for the peas and fava beans, our radishes were
    so good ☺Have a lovely week, mine is gonna be extremely busy again, hugs☺☺☺

  4. Mai 29, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this information. Too often we feel uncomfortable talking about these things but I love that you’ve just gone for it! I have organic items at the moment but am mentally preparing for something like a moon cup. Especially as I’m a student at the moment and at home a lot I should really look into this more! xxx

  5. Mai 29, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I’ve heard of mostly everything you’ve suggested, except the reusable pads. I never heard of them before and to be honest, at first, I was a little taken back, haha. I guess you’d just have to be on top of cleaning them everyday for it to work. What I’m most curious about is the menstrual cup. As I mentioned on your IG post, I’ve heard about it and always wondered how it worked. I know it may be a little TMI, lol, but I’m curious as to how you’d actually wear it and how it functions, I guess I have to look more into this. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week so far, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  6. Mai 31, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I’ve used the Naturacare pads before, they were quite good for light periods and in fact, my periods are very light nowadays since being on the pill so perhaps I should seek a source of these now (the place I used to get them has closed down). I confess to being a little scared of the mooncup, I can’t use tampons so I doubt I’d be able to handle one of those!
    The reusable ones seem a good idea for the tail ends of the period. Hmmmm….might try those!

  7. Juni 6, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Guys, once you get used to the menstrual cup, it’s not strange or uncomfortable anymore. Remember, you had to get used to tampons, too, right? The menstrual cup is healthier (no risk to get TSS), produces no waste and, in my case, I only have to change it in the mornings and evenings (depends on amount of blood). I think it has not been promoted enough yet and I suppose that’s because you only have to buy it once (in 5 years or so) and no one can make big money with it like with all the other on-way stuff (organic or not). Just try it, don’t give up to soon and you will see, it gives you freedom!

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