Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental issues the world is facing today. And disposable period products are unfortunately part of this problem.
Did you know that every tampon you ever used still exists? It takes 500 years to fully decompose! And what’s more: a single package of pads contains the same amount of plastic as four carrier bags!
By 2040 humans will have dumped approximately 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste on the planet unless we soon start to drastically change our habits. If you have periods and want to do your part to fight plastic pollution, you should consider abandoning throw-away menstrual products and replace them with a much more eco-friendly option.
Menstrual cups are the best sustainable solution for periods on the market.
The Ruby Cup is made of 100% soft medical grade silicone, can be used for up to 10 years and will allow you to save 2700 disposable products.
Here you can find information on what it is and how to use it.
Another good sustainable option is period underwear.
You can use them on their own or combined with a menstrual cup.
How does period underwear work?
Period panties are underwear that absorb your period. You'll feel dry thanks to the combination of several inner layers of technical tissue that absorb and retain flow, while your body heat helps evaporate the liquid.
How much fluid can period panties hold?
The absorbency level varies depending on the style and brand you select. Some of them can hold up to 3 regular tampons’ worth of fluid and some others have much less capacity and are ideal to use only during days of less intense menstruation or, in case of heavy flow, combined with an internal product, such a menstrual cup.
How to wash period underwear?
You can wash them like any other delicates (your regular undies or bras):
- Hand wash with lukewarm water
- in the washing machine at maximum 30ºC
Do not use softener or bleach and never tumble-dry or iron them.
Related post: Menstrual Cups vs Reusable Pads: the Best Zero Waste Option
How long will a period panty last?
Again, this is up on the brand you select. High quality period panties can last up to 2 years if you use them regularly for your period and wash them as per given instructions.
Are you curious to know how much plastic waste is created from using disposable period products or how much money you could save from making the switch?
Check out our impact calculator!