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A sustainable period revolution is in the works. Eco-friendly tampons, pads, menstrual cups, and period underwear are more popular than ever before. And why? We’re finally starting the see the massive problem traditional period care products have caused for our planet. In this guide we also added travel tips so you can have an eco-friendly period while on vacation.

The problem:

The amount of waste created due to period care products are staggering. And how can it not when 1/2 the planet will menstruate for an average of 12 weeks per year for 40 years of their life. The average menstruating individual goes through approximately 11,000 disposable period products in their lifetime. in 2018, roughly 5.8 billion tampons were purchased in the US.

Pads, which are made of plastic and wrapped in plastic, will take hundreds of years to decompose. Plus, the sticky adhesive on the bottom is often toxic.

Tampons are not much better as they are often wrapped in plastic and come with a plastic applicator. They are also made of cotton, which is heavily sprayed with pesticides and is water intensive crop.

From a health perspective, there are limited studies to determine if tampons are harmful. Given how many women use tampons and for such an extended period of time, it saddens us that more research hasn’t been done. Therefore, it is our personal choice not to use traditional tampons anymore. This doesn’t mean we claim they are unsafe.

Enter 4 great eco-friendly solutions!

Organic cotton tampons 

eco friendly tampon

If you’re not ready to step away from traditional tampons, purchasing organic cotton tampons are a great alternative to help the environment and reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Get started on your eco-friendly tampon journey today with:

TRAVEL TIP: we like this option for trips when we will be swimming a lot and therefore unable to use period underwear. 

Menstrual Cup


Mentrual Cups take some getting used to, but we recommend giving it a go to see if you like them. It’s a non-toxic medical-grade silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina. It collects the blood while preventing it from leaking in your your underwear. Most brands have 2-3 sizes so read the label to find the size right for you.

Get started on your sustainable menstrual cup journey today with:

TRAVEL TIP: we wouldn’t recommend using a menstrual cup on trips unless your have access to a kettle for boiling water to sanitize the cup, and access to clean drinking/cleaning water.

Period Underwear

reusable eco friendly period underwear

Period underwear is a great sustainable alternative to disposable pads. We personally love to use them at night and on light flow days. From an environmental perspective, we like brands that use organic cotton, like Aisle brand. However, Knix always seems to get the best reviews for being odour-free. There are also a ton of Etsy shops that sell them.

Get started with your eco-friendly period  underwear journey here:

TRAVEL TIP: To ensure they don’t soil your clothes/suitcase: bring a silicone bag and place the used underwear into the bag to separate them from your clean clothes and to avoid odours.

Reusable/Compostable Pads 

eco friendly reusable washable pads

Similar to period underwear, reusable pads are usually made of organic cotton and come with buttons or Velco to secure them to your panties or thongs. We personally use Aisle brand. However, there are lots of brands on the market:

TRAVEL TIP: To ensure they don’t soil your clothes/suitcase: bring a silicone bag and place the used underwear into the bag to separate them from your clean clothes and to avoid odours.

We hope you find this guide helpful and will join the sustainable period care revolution! By using eco-friendly tampon, pads, and menstrual products at home or while travelling, we can collectively save countless pounds of waste in our lifetime.

You might also like our ultimate guide to eco-friendly yoga mats and accessories

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