28 Dec Exploring Eco-Friendly Period Products | Scoop Sorority
Deciding and finding the period product that works best for your body is a big deal. Period products are a big deal for Mother Earth too as most local drugstore options are not environmentally friendly.
Switching to Sustainability
According to the book “Flow: The Cultural History of Mensuration,” the average woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of period products in their life. When looking at how much that actually is, 38 years of menstruation creates over 62,000 pounds of garbage.
Luckily, there are plenty of sustainable period options that are environmentally friendly and are healthy for your body too! Here are some sustainable period options from awesome eco-friendly companies that support women and their health!
Plastic Free Tampons
If you’re not ready to ditch the regular tampons just yet, brands like o.b. make tampons without an applicator and are available at drugstores. With these tampons, you insert the tampon with your fingers, eliminating the need for plastic applicators. If you’re looking to make a change that better the planet but aren’t ready for reusable products, try plastic free tampons!
If pads are more your style and you’re still not ready for reusable products, SaathiPads is a great company to check out. Their pads are biodegradable and compostable, using plant-based materials. These pads degrade within six months which is 1200 times faster than plastic pads!
Saathi is listed as the third most innovative company in India for its transformation of banana fibers into biodegradable sanitary pads. Not only are they extremely innovative and eco-friendly, but the company donates their eco-friendly pads to those without access to sanitary pads in India.
Period panties are one of the most popular period product alternatives. SheThinx is a great company that creates absorbent underwear that acts like a pad, but requires no extra protection. Period panties are more expensive than regular underwear, but saved you in the long-run from buying single-use pads. Not only are they comfy and easy to use, but they help eliminate waste and come in some cute styles and prints too!
If you prefer the idea of tampons but are looking for a reusable product, period cups are here for you. Reusable menstrual cups are inserted and catch your flow and require you to empty, clean and reinsert it throughout the day. Lunette is one of the most popular menstrual cup brands and provides plenty of options so you can find the best cup for you. Their mission is to change the attitudes and shame around periods.
Reusable Tampon Applicators
If you like having an applicator on your tampons, the UK-based company, DAME creates reusable applicators. These applicators are self-sanitizing and work with all tampons. This applicator is carbon-neutral and will last you forever so you never have to throw it away!
Reusable Cloth Pads
Similar to period panties, Rael provides an eco-friendly alternative to single-use pads. Rael’s reusable pads go in your underwear and absorb your flow, then get washed and hung to dry! Their mission is to ’empower women with healthy alternatives to conventional feminine care products that are full of toxic chemicals. We hope to educate and impact women around the world by creating products that don’t sacrifice comfort or performance.’
When looking for the right sustainable period product, consider your needs and lifestyle, check the ingredients of products, factor in the cost of what you’ll be spending on the product and what you will save long-term.
Sustainable period products are the future and will help us have a future by saving the Earth! Not only are they better for the environment, but they save you money in the long-run and are better for your body too – plastic isn’t good for anyone!