Join the Plastic-Free Period Movement

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We hear a lot about the dangers of single-use plastics, from straws, to plastic bottles, and coffee cups - the list goes on. But menstrual products are adding to the plastic epidemic, and they may be made worse by incorrect disposal.


Did you know that menstrual products are the fifth most common plastic polluting the ocean?


While menstruation is a natural part of female life, we have undergone decades of period shaming, and as a result our conventional products have become wasteful and impactful on our environment and women’s health.


Conventional menstrual pads contain up to 90% plastic. Tampons have plastic in them too, in the form of both the applicator and the string. The average menstrual pad actually contains the equivalent of four plastic grocery bags, according to the non-profit organization City to Sea.


Thankfully there are non-toxic, sustainable alternatives:




ORGANIC PADS & TAMPONS

Companies such as NatraCare provide natural period protection, without the plastic. These biodegradable products are made from plant-based, breathable materials and are naturally plastic-free, chlorine-free and perfume-free. But even natural pads and tampons should not be flushed - they should be disposed of. These are the easiest alternative as a non-reusable option.



PERIOD-PROOF PANTIES

Technology has come a long way, and period-proof panties are now a thing. THINX makes a line of washable, reusable undies which absorb your period and are a more sustainable solution than single-use disposable products. Depending on your flow (light, medium, heavy), THINX can replace pads, tampons, liners, and cups, or be worn with tampons and cups for extra protection. These panties hold up to 2 tampons’ worth — yet they look and feel like regular underwear. They’re moisture-wicking and are made from a breathable cotton which draws away wetness & dries fast, they also neutralize any natural smell for all-day freshness, they’re not bulky and they help to keep your clothes, sheets & everything else, stain-free. They’re available in smaller sizes for newbie menstruators too!



MENSTRUAL CUPS

Menstrual cups are a great option for any menstruating human looking to have a more sustainable, economical and healthier period. These cups save the planet from millions of disposable period products ending up in the landfill.



REUSABLE PADS

Disposable pads & tampons cost almost twice as much as reusables, especially since you have to keep buying them month after month. Reusable products are typically made with more natural and organic materials that require a different routine to be highly absorbent, breathable, and leakproof.


What You’ll Need

  • Organic Pads + Tampons
  • Reusable Pads
  • Menstrual Cup

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Conventional period products are not biodegradable, and they either end up in landfills, or they get flushed and end up on beaches, polluting our oceans. A year’s worth of a typical menstrual product leaves a carbon footprint  of 5.3 kg CO2 equivalent, and the average person who menstruates throws away up to 440 lbs of menstrual products  in their lifetime.


In addition to being toxic to our environment, these products can also be dangerous for our health too.


Conventional menstrual products have odour neutralizers, dyes, pesticides, and fragrances, which have an undisclosed mixture of chemicals and endocrine disruptors which have been linked to allergies, rashes, respiratory distress, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility. Conventional menstrual products also contain GMOs, so if we are concerned about ingesting GMO foods, we should be equally concerned about inserting a GMO tampon. The vaginal wall is so permeable, which would allow toxins like pesticides and GMO proteins to directly access our bloodstream.


More women need to know that there are natural period options, especially since there are currently no regulations over what feminine hygiene companies can put into their products and, therefore, consumers do not know what chemicals they are putting into their body.



Original posting: https://holisticole.com/blog/plastic-free-period


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