I've been sharing a few sustainable tips , and today's article is about feminine products that are beneficial for the body and earth!
Us women need to buy feminine care products over and over in our lifetime.
I've never really thought about the quality of the products, but when you think about it, we use these products directly on our skin for a prolonged period of time each cycle.
I recently looked into the materials used in the conventional pads/tampons and realized that there are actually a lot of chemicals infused in them.
For example, fabrics used for disposable pads such as polyester, cotton, and rayon are often contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals from the bleaching process.
They also contain dyes and fragrances that aren't the best thing to put on the most sensitive part of the body.
While FDA states that the chemicals used in these products do not pose any harms to the body, they don't require companies to disclose what's inside since they are considered as "medical devices."
This regulation makes it harder for consumers to know what they're putting on their skin/inside of them.
Though there aren't any known links between conventional feminine products and health problems (yet), I didn't feel comfortable using products soaked with chemicals.
So, I started using products that are more sustainable and harmless.
This company only uses cottons that are organic, and they also list all the ingredients!
They are also certified cruelty-free & B-corporation.
You can easily find them at Target or CVS, and they are around $8 for 42 counts.
Some benefits of using organic pads are:
Softer & comfortable
Easier to decompose (non-organic pads take about 80 years, compared to just 2 years for the organics pads)
Less impact on the environment
The only thing is that the organic pads are a bit expensive than non-organic ones.
BUT, it's totally worth it in my opinion.
This is one of the things I wish I knew earlier.
Well, at first, I didn't know how the heck this worked, so I was pretty hesitant to invest in it.
But I'm SO glad I decided to switch from regular tampons - it's really convenient and comfortable when you get used to it!
Most cups can hold blood up to 12 hours, and it lasts for about 2 years with proper care.
Depending on the brand, the cup costs anywhere between $30 - $50.
I know it sounds a bit expensive, considering a pack of 16 pads is less than $5.
But a study shows that the average cost of feminine products is $144 per year.
So...if you do the math, $30 over 2 years is much much cheaper than $144 / year.
Also, on average, women use more than 10,000 period products.
By using a menstrual cup, you can reduce so much waste :)
Another pro is that you don't have to go shopping for feminine products every so often or store the big packs of pads/tampons in the bathroom.
OrganiCup uses medical grade vegan silicone, and they're cruelty free.
You might wonder, "how does it go inside?"
It's fairly simple, you squeeze the cup really tightly and slide it in just like a tampon (but without the plastic applicator).
Once it sits in the comfortable place, you won't feel anything.
I sometimes forget that I'm on my period...it's that great!
It was like using contact lenses for the first time, it's scary but you get used to it quickly.
Each cup comes with a detailed instruction on how to use and take care of it.
Also you can find more info on their website.
To summarize, the benefits of a menstrual cup are:
Holds blood longer (you only have to change it out 2 - 3 times/day)
Less trips to drugstore
Some disadvantages are:
A bit hard to use/could be uncomfortable at first
You might not find a private sink to wash out when outside
You need to sterilize and take care of it properly
Things to keep in mind:
Buy a smaller size if you've never given a birth. If you have, get a larger size.
Wash out every time you empty it out. If you're outside, clean it with toilet paper or wipes such as OrganiWipes
Sanitize it in a boiling water before and after each cycle
Wash hands before inserting/taking it out
Cut the handle part if it irritates your skin
I got my cup from a local zero waste shop, R Planet, but I've seen other brands at Target or Whole Foods.
Menstrual cups are great for your body AND the planet so I'd highly encourage all women to use them!
If you decide to use it, let me know how you like it in the comment :)
Thanks for reading!