It is time for a new monthly focus and a whole load of brand new products for Eco Living Ideas too! What better way than to launch a new product range and spend a whole month dedicated to learning more about how menstrual products can be better for you and for the environment!
This month we will look at facts, figures, benefits, price comparisons and the switches that are available! It’s going to be great. Come join me for the journey.
There are different types of eco-alternative menstrual products. I’ve listed some below to give you an idea, sometimes it is a case of trying a couple of bits to find what works for you.
Menstrual Cups – these can seem a little daunting at first but, once you have got used to using one, they can be an absolute game changer. If you’d like to give a menstrual cup a try but don’t even know where to begin, head over to Put a Cup in it and take their super awesome quiz.
CSP (cloth sanitary pads) – they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and absorbencies so there really is something for everyone! From every day panty liners to post-partum pads (I wish I’d have known about these when I had my babies), you can take your pickings of what you need.
Period Pants – If you’re not keen on the idea of a cup but do a lot of exercise then these will be your saviour. Comfy, secure and super absorbent, you wouldn’t know you were wearing anything other than a normal pair of pants.
Organic tampons – if switching to reusable isn’t quite your thing (yet), then make sure you take a look into organic products. Bog standard tampons and pads are full of so many harsh chemicals and plastic that they can cause a lot of harm. Organic products may cost slightly more but they won’t cost you your health.
I’ve also done research in to the environmental impact of disposable products, just to give you some food for thought.
- Friends of the Earth established that one year’s worth of single use sanitary products amounted to the equivalent of 5.3kg of carbon dioxide produced.
- Research has also revealed that some sanitary towels have up to 90% plastic content
- Plastic applicator tampons can last up to 500 years in the environment.
- The Journal of The Institution of Environmental Sciences found that around 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million sanitary liners, and 700,000 panty liners are flushed down UK toilets every day.
- Figures from the Marine Conservation Society reveal that on average, 4.8 pieces of menstrual waste are found per 100 metres of beach cleaned. For every 100m of beach, that amounts to 4 pads, panty-liners and backing strips, along with at least one tampon and applicator.
I’m so excited to share all I’ve learnt with you this month! And hopefully learn more along the way.