Eco-Friendly options for a Zero Waste and Comfortable Period
By Nappy Guru Petra
Periods are a big part of life for many of us so we should try to ensure that we’re as comfortable as possible during this time of the month. Periods can also create a lot of waste if single use/disposable products are used. If you haven’t already tried reusable menstrual products, I highly recommend giving them a go – they’ll make you feel more comfortable and reduce waste too. It’s a win – win!
When it comes to zero waste period products, there are three main categories that we’re going to take a quick look at today:
CSP – Cloth Sanitary Pads
Cloth sanitary pads are placed in your underwear similarly to disposable pads. Instead of fastening with sticky wings, they popper around the gusset. They are often more absorbent than the disposable kind and so much more comfortable – after all, soft fabric is much more pleasant than sweaty plastic…
When it’s time to change your pad, you simply place it in a wet bag instead of throwing it away. Some people rinse their pads by hand, but you can also rinse them in the washing machine before the main wash which is easier. After washing, hang them up to dry, ready for their next use.
Our favourite CSP's include:
Period pants are an amazing invention! They feel like regular pants, but they have built-in absorbency that absorbs your flow. They’re available in lots of different sizes and different styles. Choose according to your flow needs – Light, Medium or Heavy.
You can wear them on their own or combine with CSP for very heavy days. They make periods so much more comfortable and more care-free too. They can be worn for up to 8 hours (flow depending) before you change into a fresh pair. They’re easy to care for too – just do a cold rinse by hand or in the washing machine, wash with other dark items, then hang up to dry, ready to be used again.
Many women love using a menstrual cup and it’s a very eco-friendly option. One cup can be used for up to 10 years which is amazing! They’re especially great for women with a light to regular flow as they can then be worn for a large part of the day/night without you having to worry about your period at all. It can take a few cycles to get used to fitting your cup and finding a technique that works for you, but after that your periods should be a lot easier, more comfortable, and waste free.
Free Menstrual Product Advice
Make your periods more comfortable and more eco-friendly with one of the product types above or a combination that works for you. Oh, and don’t forget to treat yourself to some good quality chocolate too! You deserve it!
If you’re not sure where to start, you can fill out our quick Eco Period Questionnaire and we’ll soon get back to you with some personalised product recommendations that we think would suit you best.
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