Sustainability - Welcome to the New Age of Period Products!

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We are living in an era of demanded sustainability. Considering women alone, we have been pushed to a tipping point where shame, waste, and God damn taxes are no longer tolerated! The higher demand for more eco-friendly, sustainable, and affordable menstrual products has resulted in an increasing amount of organisations releasing innovative products for a more positive period. No more silence, no more stigma - let’s forget the chunky metaphors and help find the right product for you!

Eco-friendly Disposables

If you’re questioning you’re quantity and/or quality of feminine hygiene products then let’s start with what we all know… or know little about. Have you thought about what goes into the products that visit your sensitive, most absorbent areas on the monthly? Majority of the sanitary items you can buy in store are loaded with chemicals and synthetic materials and your vagina is getting up close and personal with all those nasties - eek!

Cotton is the most eco-friendly & biodegradable material when it comes to disposables. Just remember that companies do not need to claim what pesticides have been used on their crop. “100% cotton” means you’re safe from synthetic materials but to keep your body away from toxic chemicals stick to “100% organic cotton” - better for the environment and your body! Cottons and Toms Organic are affordable options that you can find at a grocery store near you. There are plenty more options out there though that can even come as a subscription, meet Lola.

Going natural is the first step but did you know that the average woman spends more than 100,000 hours wearing a tampon in her life? It’s estimated that she will use 12,000 to 16,000 sanitary disposables in this time… now take those numbers and multiply them by the 3.5 billion women currently populating the world! Uh-oh…

Reusable

Reusable hygiene products are becoming increasingly popular (can I get a hell yeah?!). They are on the road to being the best choice for your lady parts and Mother Earth. If you aren’t yet familiar with them, please allow us to introduce to you reusable pads, and menstrual cups.

Gladrags are an American company known for their colourful, comfortable, and durable (reusable) pads! It may seem gross at first but if you compare it to a lifetime of disposables I’m sure you’ll see them differently. The initial purchase might take a little more out of your pocket for buying a week’s worth (Gladrags “First Period Kit” $79.99) but the products are made to last five years.

If you are more comfortable with using tampons then you may prefer a menstrual cup. Heard of them? If not, your life is about to change. Menstrual cups are a WHC favourite because they’re affordable, easy to use, and so freakin’ comfy! Your first time with one of these bad boys may be a little first date awkward because you’re just getting to know each other but you’ll soon become bffs. Unlike a tampon there’s only one lot of packaging, you can sleep with it in (and not have to get up a million times a night), and instead of using 16,000 of them you can just use one over ten years. #winning

Menstrual cups, like ones from Lunette and Mooncup, can stay in for up to 12 hours. Say goodbye to fear of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) because by only collecting your period, the cup severely lowers the risk of getting TSS. As for dollar, dollar bills the feminine hygiene industry pulled a whopping $3 billion in profits over 2014… a menstrual cup only costs between $30-$70 for a product that will last you a decade with proper care. Compare this to those hundreds, if not thousands you would spend on disposable collection methods. Mmm… I think I’m just going to stick with the reusables and go treat myself to a week in Bali instead.  

What's Next?

Next step, it’s time to ditch the tax! It’s ridiculous enough that tea sneaks by when feminine hygiene products are a necessity, not a bloody luxury item. Kinda sucks that being female means you have to pay more, am I right? No! It’s wrong, and shouldn’t be the case in the first place. It’s time to talk, and time to change. In the meantime, let’s work on reducing our waste. We’ll save our money and the environment while doing so.

 

Ashlee Minto