Make your next period green!
Sustainability is not just the word du jour, but also the present and future of how we eat, travel and spend. After all, we have all gotten used to living a bit greener in our daily routine, from indulging in veggie patties, buying eco-friendly clothes and trying out vegan and nature-based skincare.
Yet, there is one topic that can fly under radar when it comes to living more sustainably: our periods. And boy does that add up…
Let’s take a moment and think about how much of our life we will spend on our period. We menstruate once a month and for 3 to 8 days on average. Across a lifetime, from the first cycle to menopause, that’s 7 to 10 cumulative years of our lifespan menstruating (say what?!).
When translated to how many products we use for our menstruation we talk about 11.000 sanitary products that go into the bin – something the tampon company DAME calculated for all of us already. With such an amount of period products needed during our lifetime, we cannot ignore the environmental impact.
So, we asked ourselves: How can we make our period green and be as eco-friendly as possible?
ORGANIC & BIO-DEGRADABLE PRODUCTS
You are a fan of your tampons and liners? Good news: You don’t have to give them up. Plastic products can take up to a thousand years to decompose and many menstrual pads are composed of 90% plastic. Yikes. Brands have many ways to reduce the impact on the environment. Plastic-free packaging and the use of biodegradable or compostable materials are your best friend. If a tampon applicator is a must, there are even reusable ones on the market.
Menstrual cups are small, flexible and long lasting. Think 10 years long. There are many pros to a menstrual cup such as the ability to wear one for 8 hours without changing. But one of the best benefits, in our opinion, is the ability to use it for several years without replacement when treated kindly.
Period underwear is another product that is kind to Mother Earth. With a few pair of panties, the next menstruation is covered as they are fully absorbent and washable. With an average of 22 sanitary items used per cycle, menstruation underwear can help reduce this impact. Another perk, they can be used on their own or in combination with tampons depending on your flow.
Check out a selection of eco-friendly products that we have in store for you.
Sources: Marie Claire, “The average woman spends the equivalent of 10 years of her life menstruating”, 2017; Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), Environmental Fact Sheet, 2020