• Katy Rigg


A shocking stat I recently learnt is that 1/5 of all ocean plastic comes from menstrual hygiene products. On average, a woman will use 11,000 disposable sanitary products throughout her reproductive life, at a financial cost of around £5000.

But there are more sustainable options on the market than disposable sanitary products, which are better for your bank balance as well as the environment.

Period pants, washable sanitary pads and menstrual cups are hygienic, reusable alternatives that don’t cost the earth.

A menstrual cup is designed to hold 3 times as much blood as a tampon and can last up to 12 hours. Mainstream brands cost about £20 but it will last up to 10 years.

Period panties and reusable pads are designed to work in exactly the same way as a disposable pad, except you pop them in the wash at the end of the day. These cost between £10-30 for a pair of pants or pack of pads and can be used again and again for between 2 to 5 years. Many are absorbent enough for even post-partum bleeding, and are far more comfortable than your average standard-issue hospital maternity pad.

There are loads of different brands out there and this is not an ad for any in particular. It’s just a post to highlight an important issue that needs more mainstream airtime.

Period is not a dirty word. But landfill is.

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