Best In Class: Menstrual Products

How much thought have you given to the sanitary items you use? Female health is a direly understudied topic, and many women rely on the help and anecdotes of other women for support. Menstrual products have come a fairly long way, but many household name brands are actually still not good for the environment, and not necessarily good for you.

The average woman uses 11,000 tampons in her lifetime which are usually disposed of in plastic hygiene bags. The plastic wrapping, applicator and tampon material will take centuries to degrade, and will most likely leech nasty chemicals into the ground too. But that’s not all – the plastic used to make the strips of pads and applicator of tampons consume a whopping amount of energy to produce (low density polyethylene productions contributes massively to global warming).

Tampons can very often leave a residue inside your body when you use them. Tiny loose fibres are left in your vagina even after you’ve taken your tampon out, which although will eventually be flushed away, can cause infections, irritations and quite frankly it’s not a pleasant thought; lot’s of little fibres hosted in your body. Check out this video below;

 

The solution? Organic and alternative products.

Continue scrolling for a roundup of alternative sanitary brands doing the most for your vagina.

 
 

TOTM Organic

Concerned with the lack of information on tampon production and disposal, TOTM offers all organic, 100% biodegradable sanitary products of your choice. If you’re somewhat forgetful, then you can get your choice of products delivered to you whenever you’d like as a subscription service.

Mooncup

“Mooncup® is the original, soft, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup designed by women as the convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads.” Female designed and employee owned, if you’re looking to be environmentally and socially sustainable, this one’s for you.

 

Jade and Pearl

Ever heard of a sea sponge? Jade and Pearl harvest sea sponges, which are great at absorbing period blood. They’re an all-natural product, so will eventually biodegrade, and if looked after carefully, can last you a very long time. Their reusability makes them an attractive option for those looking for a zero-waste lifestyle.

 

 
 

Thinx Panties

I was also mystified when Thinx released their collection of underwear specifically designed to catch period blood. The panties are great for the environment due to their reusable nature, and can act as safety net against embarrassing leakages.

 

GladRags

A simple system that works to reduce waste, Gladrags use simple detachable cloths to provide security against blood flow. You can add layers to suit your level of absorbency, and when you’re done just wash and dry!