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As women, we already know what a hassle periods can be. They’re painful, inconvenient and can be downright expensive.
We also know that they’re natural, a part of life and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. No period shame here, folks.
But what isn’t widely known is the harmful effects of many of our period products. Not only to our bodies but to our planet as well.
Tampons and pads are loaded with plastic and harmful chemicals like bleach.
It’s harmful having such chemicals right against or even in our most delicate parts. And when we throw these products away after each use they end up in landfills where they won’t break down due to the plastic.
But don’t worry! There are TONS of options that are safer for both you and the environment!
Here are 4 ways to have an eco-friendly period.
1. Plastic-free tampons/pads – My favourite’s are Natracare and Rael but there are many brands that make organic cotton, plastic-free, chemical-free, and perfume-free menstrual products. I know I feel so much better knowing there aren’t a ton of chemicals right next to my hoo-ha.
Not only do these products contain significantly less plastic (most often recycled plastic) but they’re also organic and chemical-free which is one of the most important things when it comes to taking care of your lady bits.
2.Cloth pads/ Reusable pads – A great option for all us pad-girls out there. (Is that a thing? I’m making it a thing. Where are all my pad girls at? leave a comment down below!)
This is not only a better option for the planet as it seriously cuts back on waste but also incredible money-saving options. Once you purchase a set of reusable pads, they can last you for years.
I know the idea may seem a little icky but trust me, it really isn’t. Simply soak your used pads in cold water for an hour or two prior to washing and then just throw them in the wash and they come out good as new.
One of my favourite things about reusable pads is not only the money I save by using them but also they don’t make a sound! I think we can all relate to the dreaded crinkling of the plastic wrappers disposable pads come in. #nothankyou
3. Menstrual cup – And now we’ve come to the famous menstrual cup! It’s all the rage right now. Think of it kind of like a reusable tampon. It’s a silicone cup that goes up the vagina, collects the blood and is then dumped out and reused.
It’s a much safe option than tampons due to the lack of chemicals it has. Like I mentioned above, I’m personally a fan of pads so I can’t speak from my own experience but I have heard that it’s wonderful. And one menstrual cup could last you upwards of a year.
Most menstrual cups comes in two sizes. Size 1 is recommended for women who haven’t had birth yet and size 2 is the better option for moms and women over 30.
4. Reusable period underwear – Underwear that is 100% absorbent and cuts out the need for anything like a tampon or pad!
I have tried these and If I may get a little personal, I have heavy periods. And these bad boys kept everything in. No leaking, nothing. It’s a little bit daunting at first but by far the most comfy.
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So, now you know 4 super easy ways you can make your period more eco-friendly. Have you tried any of the above options? Let me know down below!
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