How To Have An Eco Conscious Period

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As the conversation around periods gets bigger and more inclusive, it’s important to understand it’s impact on our planet too. Here is our guide on how to have an eco conscious period.

Women’s Periods have never been more on topic. In a bid to combat Period Poverty, the Government this week announced that they would provide funding for schools to distribute free sanitary products to all English Secondary schools. Not to mention the short film Period. End of Sentence winning an Oscar. Not only are we eliminating long held, often harmful taboos around the subject but we are also tackling the important issue of the vast amounts of waste created by sanitary products. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics each of the 43 million women in the USA that use tampons will use 11 million in her lifetime. That adds up to a lot of tampons, applicators and packaging.

Even more distrubing than this fact is that regular tampons contain traces of bleach (used to make your tampons white) pesticide residues from the production of non organic cotton and sometimes ‘fragrance’, although Lord know what this could even be. Worrying right? You’re putting those things into your most sensitive of lady places. Your deserve the best. Luckily there are now some great options available to suit whichever way you choose to spend your period. Here are a few of our favourites.

How To Have An Eco Conscious Period

If you prefer to use an applicator for your tampons, we recommend the Dame reusable applicator. Normal applicators are often not biodegradable so are creating a lot of waste. This handy little gadget is BPA free and fits all tampon sizes. It’s easy to clean and comes with a handy travel bag and sealable bathroom tin.

Ohne not only offers completely fuss free organic cotton tampons, but they also have a fab service that allows you to reorder your chosen product. This way, you’ll never get caught short. Ohne are also working with the School Club Zambia to help increase awareness, improve hygiene and support young girls through their education. 

If you’re serious abouting reducing your period waste then a menstrual cup is a great way to go. Working like a tampon, they can be left in your body for up to 12 hours (depending on the make and model, please check this). Various cup sizes exist because did you know that our cervixs aren’t all in the same place?! It’s important to research your cup before you buy so you get the ideal depth and flexibility to suit you. And best of all if you take care of them, they last for years.

Thinx changed the landscape of sanitary products with their revolutionary period pants. Whilst the reviews are pretty good, the technology looks even better. However, like a menstrual cup, period pants get you up close and personal with your bodily functions, in all it’s bloody glory. It’s not for everyone. However, if you aren’t convinced by your pants within 60 days, they give you a refund so we think it’s worth a try.

If you’re not quite ready for cups and pants, then look for biodegradable options. These organic cotton panty liners from Yoni also have a biodegradable backing and packaging made from cornstarch. Their liners are breathable and hypoallergenic and don’t contain chemicals. Sometimes simple is better.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is for general advice only and should not be used as a substitute for professional healthcare or beauty advice. We make every effort to ensure we only recommend safe products however you should always do a patch test when trying new products. This post may contain affiliate links.