I feel it’s a conversation we don’t have enough and the information about sustainable period products and solutions should be made more readily available so we can make better choices.
When trying to live more sustainably we often consume less, reduce our plastic use and eat less meat. But we tend to overlook areas such as personal care as another way to reduce our impact. Using sustainable menstrual products is just one more thing we can easily do to live a little greener.
There is a whole world of alternative menstrual products out there, you just need to choose one that works for you.
1. Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cups are bell shaped reusable cups made from medical grade silicone which are inserted into the vaginal cavity to collect menstrual fluid. When they’re full, you simply remove them, wash them out and reinsert.
Menstrual cups are not for everyone.
I personally don’t use them so I can’t offer advice but 1 Million Women have a great article here with the author sharing her experiences.
The brands listed below are some of the most common and popular ones I found.
JuJu – The JuJu cup is made from high quality medical grade silicone, and designed in consultation with ergonomists and gynaecologists.
Diva – Diva Cups use silicon the same material and grade approved for healthcare for over fifty years, and is free form latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and colours and dyes.
Lunette – Lunette cups are 100% medical grade silicone, hypoallergenic and latex-free. They come in different sizes and have a sizing chart to help you find the right one.
2. Period Underwear
Period or menstrual underwear are underwear with wicking fabric built in that absorbs your menstrual blood. They can be used on their own, or in conjunction with other menstrual products. When you’re done with a pair, you wash them as you would regular underwear ready be used again.
If you need to to change them during the day there is the issue of having to carry the soiled pair around with you. I’ve had a few suggestions from readers such as carrying a ziplock bag or small container to store them in.
The beauty of period underwear is that they come a variety of styles ranging from high-waisted and boy short styles to cheeky cut and g-strings so there’s usually something for everyone.
THINX – THINX are a US brand but they ship to Australia. Of all the brands I’ve tried, I found these to be the most flattering and comfortable. I have a full review here from when I worked with them a few months ago. Since then I brought four more pairs because I love how streamlined they are. They also offer nude styles so I can wear lighter clothes without my underwear showing through.
Modibodi – Modibodi are an Australian brand and they use natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and bamboo. Modibodi are all about female empowerment, inclusivity and body positivity. One look look at their ads showing beautiful women of all sizes and colours, you know they walk their talk.
I tried Modibodi last year and in terms of function, they work really well and I’ve never experienced any leaks with them. I just prefer THINX for the aesthetics.