How to Have a Zero Waste Period

How to Have a Zero Waste Period

Photo by Cliff Booth

Talking openly about periods can feel uncomfortable and discussing menstrual waste even moreso. But it’s important to discuss how we deal with our periods and what impact our monthly waste is having on the environment. 

The Problem with Period Waste

Unfortunately, disposable period products are a huge source of unnecessary waste in our environment. Pads can be made of up to 90% plastic materials while tampons are also typically packaged in plastic applicators and packaging. This means that our period products are not biodegradable or compostable– so they end up contributing to landfills around the world. On average, women are estimated to use and throw away around 10,000 of these period products in their lifetime. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are many sustainable period option alternatives to fit whatever works for you.

Sustainable Period Product Alternatives

Menstrual Cups

A menstrual cup is a reusable medical grade silicone cup that is worn a bit like a tampon. They are comfortable and easy to use. Best of all, menstrual cups can last for several years and be worn for up to 10 hours at a time! To sterilize your menstrual cup simply place in boiling water for about 5 minutes.

Bamboolik offers a great eco-friendly menstrual cup that is made in Europe! They have multiple sizes and holds to fit your comfort level.

Reusable Menstrual Pads

Zero waste menstrual pads are reusable cloth pads that work exactly like disposable plastic pads but can be washed and used again and again. They are easy to use and are available in a range of designs for different flow rates. Made of natural fibers, reusable menstrual pads are a non-toxic and comfortable solution to reducing your period waste. 

Natissy offers multipacks of organically certified bamboo period pads in various sizes and colors. Plus they provide free European shipping on orders over 80 EUR.

Period Underwear

Another popular alternative to traditional period products is period underwear. Worn just like regular underwear, period panties are designed with a lining to absorb menstrual flow. Many people consider period underwear more comfortable than plastic pads because they fit to your body for a secure feel. Period underwear is also machine washable so they can easily be reused over and over again.

For a reliable period underwear brand check out WUKA, where you can shop by underwear style and flow level at affordable prices. Modibodi also offers inclusive menstrual and leakproof underwear while staying committed to sustainability.

Not only is having a zero-waste period better for the environment, but it’s also better for your budget! Rather than spending excessive amounts of money on single-use period products each month, choosing a reusable alternative that works for you is a much better investment.

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