In the UK, menstrual products produce over 200 000 tonnes of waste every year. The products end up in landfill and litter the coastline. Because conventional pads and tampons are 90% plastic, they don't decompose and therefore stay on our planet. In addition, the cotton plants are sprayed with pesticides, harming the cotton workers. The cotton is later bleached which can be harmful to the women using the products. Luckily, there are safe and sustainable options out there.
Organic cotton pads and tampons
One of them is organic cotton pads and tampons. They don’t contain chemicals and are free of plastic, meaning they are harmless will decompose. The brands Natracare and Organyc produce organic menstrual products and don’t test on animals. They have several options and sizes, so you can find the product that best suits your flow. You can purchase them in health stores, pharmacies, Waitrose in addition to online stores.
The most well-known option is menstrual cups. Not only do they save waste, they will also save you money because, unlike tampons, you don’t have to purchase a new menstrual cup every month. They can last for years. You can also wear a cup for more hours than you could a tampon, and with a lower risk for TSS. The mooncup and the organicup, to name a few, are both great brands. You can scroll through their website to learn more about their cups and how to use them. Menstrual cups can also be bought at pharmacies.
To check out even more brands and read more about menstrual cups, visit:
Reusable fabric pads
If you prefer pads, you can use reusable fabric ones. You use them like you would conventional pads, but instead of throwing them out after use, you wash them. It’s recommended to wash them with cold water first, as blood coagulates in temperatures higher than your body’s. There are several companies out there with different patterns and prices as you also have the option to go for organic cotton. Compared to other options, the first purchase is pricier, but like the menstrual cup, fabric pads also last for years.
http://www.honouryourflow.co.uk/ (also has menstrual cups)
You can also make a reusable fabric pad yourself:
As part of our campaign, your Gender Equality Officer and Environmental Officer will continue to raise awareness of the environmental issues menstrual products cause and provide sustainable alternatives.
A red period will not stop us from working towards a green future!