Ever wondered where your tampons end up when you throw them away? In one woman’s lifetime she will use around 12,000 tampons or pads – a vast amount of waste that is ending up in landfill or washing up on coastlines. Menstrual cups are a sustainable alternative to pads and tampons and they have a positive impact on the environment.

Have a look at our eco info and see how environmentally sound menstrual cups are.

Eco-friendly facts

  • Reusable hygiene product
  • 4 cups in your period lifetime
  • Reduced waste


A sustainable period

Menstrual cups minimise personal waste contribution by a significant amount. They are a sustainable alternative that will make a huge difference to your eco-footprint. Comparing how environmentally friendly the most popular hygiene products are will help you to know your options.

This chart balances your lifetime waste when using menstrual cups, and tampons:



Minimising waste means reducing pollution and this has a positive effect on you and the world around you. Ruby Cups have a range of benefits that respect the environment and protect your body and lifestyle. Ready to make a positive change? Check our page Get Started With a Menstrual Cup, to find out how.

Environmental effects

Now you know how much waste a lifetime of tampons and pads amounts to, but what does that mean for the environment?

170,000 plastic tampon applicators were found along US coastlines in a single year, and these will take around 500 years to break down (1). That is a lot of waste, for a long time.


The cotton in tampons is often treated with pesticides, and the materials are bleached or perfumed. These chemicals can pollute the land and waterways where they end up, and are also unhealthy for your body.

Menstrual cups are worn, washed and reused – no daily disposal, no packaging and a much more positive impact on the environment. Switching from tampons or pads to menstrual cups also gives you some healthy body benefits. Have a look at our Healthy & Hygienic page, to find out more.

Learn more

Have a look at our additional links to find out more about making the switch to a healthier hygiene option. If you have any further concerns or curiosities, check out our info pages: