We are deciding to break some barriers and talk about being sustainable in our day to day lifestyles. Targeting areas of sustainability in which we rarely pay attention to. So this month’s highlight we are discussing the waste reduction behind feminine hygiene products; such as pads and tampons. No need to be ashamed, we should be grateful we have access to these personal products.
Although we are lucky to have such a privilege, did you know that 100 billion menstrual products are thrown away globally every year? That’s enough plastic to circle earth 250 times!
Switching to reusable products not only save the environment but it can better your health and your wallet. According to Hannahpad, the average woman will spend $3,200 on one time use feminine products. With that said, we researched sustainable feminine hygiene products to educate you on sustainable alternatives.
Reusable Cloth Pads
Luna Pads and hannahpads are exactly like maxi pads you can buy in the store. The performance of the pad both have promising reviews, both are machine washable and come with a cleaning solution tailored for pad cleaning.
Not only would you save hundreds of maxi pad boxes, wrapping, and the product itself from entering landfill, but it’s also a healthier alternative for people with sensitive skin. Maxi pads are often made up of a series of chemicals and to enhance absorbency and scent. Luna and hannahpads pads are gentle and body-safe, with no additives, fragrance, or adhesives. By purchasing a set of reusable pads it is a one-time investment that will outlast spending monthly on feminine products.
Reusable Tampon Applicator
DAME is the newest invention on the market. It just launched with Indiegogo and Kickstarter. It is a European based company that invented the first ever reusable and sanitary tampon applicator.
Here are some pros to the product. First, it allows you to maintain a tampon based routine while reducing the waste of tampon packaging, wrapping and plastic applicators.
The applicators come in different sizes along with 100% organic cotton tampons for insertion.
So the biggest question remains: what about sanitary cleaning?
The best part of this product is the engineering behind it. The tampon applicator was designed by medical engineers to ensure the applicator is hygienic and comfortable. The product is made from antimicrobial Sani-polymers (fancy words for self-cleansing plastic) that actively keeps it clean. Basically, it’s made from advanced Saniconcentrates™ that work on a molecular level giving the Mediprene® material antiseptic and antimicrobial characteristics. So when you’re on the go, it maintains a sanitary environment until you can cleanse it with hot water. Easy as that. And don’t worry, this sanitary technology lasts the lifetime of the product.
The classic DivaCup has circulated into the routines of over 20 million women around the world. A better-known product, the cup is an alternative to pads and tampons. The DivaCup is known for being an eco-friendly and an easy product to incorporate into your menstrual routine.
Yet again the cup, a one time purchase, can eliminate the future purchase of menstrual products. Some features of the cup include 12-hour leak-free protection, the healthcare grade silicone is FDA approved and doesn’t contain the following:
- colour and dye free
Did you know by switching to alternative sustainable feminine hygiene products we would be able to save 2 million pieces of waste from going to landfill every month!
So you might be hesitant to give up the convenience and cleanliness of one-time use pads and for some, the fear of durability, may waiver your decision; but reusable products are typically made with more natural and organic materials that require a different routine to be highly absorbent, breathable and leak-proof.
For reviews and more information on any of these products visit their websites to educate yourself on how to slowly make the transition to using more sustainable feminine hygiene products.