On my journey to a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle, I finally tackled the issue of the wastage produced when dealing with my monthly moon cycle.
A shocking 12,000 disposable menstrual products are used by the average woman in her lifetime. Each menstrual product take around 500-800 years to break down in the environment. Considering all the women in the world, this is a pretty scary statistic. And this doesn’t even consider the plastic packaging that the products come in!
Thankfully, there are some wonderful ethical brands out there who are catering for the needs of both women and Mama Earth. So rather than continuously purchase and throw out pads and tampons every month, which are actually dowsed in all sorts of harmful chemicals (including pesticides, fragrances, dyes and preservatives), I invested in two simple products that are all I need to get me through my period with zero waste. Additionally, they save you so much money in the long run!
The first is a menstrual cup from Flora and Fauna. This has been seriously life-changing! For the first time, I do not have to worry at all about leaks. I can leave it in for up to 12 hours and, unlike tampons, do not have to worry about toxic-shock syndrome. Most menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone, which is hypoallergenic and latex free, and do not alter the body’s natural moisture levels. There are some great videos out there teaching you how to care for and insert your menstrual cup.
The second investment is a pair of period-proof underwear from Modibodi. This company uses high quality, tech-savvy fabrics with super slim stain resistant lining. This lining is also moisture-wicking and odour-fighting lining for getting sweaty. I purchased a pair of overnight absorbency underwear from their vegan range. However, they have a range of absorbencies available.
Personally, I like to use the menstrual cup during the day and period-proof underwear at night, though I have definitely done the opposite too! If you prefer pads, you might like to start off with Modi Body underwear and if you’re a tampon fan, I recommend starting off with the menstrual cup. Or try both and see what you like!
Hopefully I’ve helped you in some way on your journey to a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. It is my wish that information about these sorts of sustainable alternatives continues to become more and more in the mainstream as a topic of conversation.