How to have an Eco-Friendly Period!
Modern women deserve the best quality eco-friendly sanitary protection during their periods. Earthwise Girls offers you a selection of the best products we’ve found – all tried and tested by us – and uniquely, we also offer a discreet personal advice service to help you choose what will suit you best. There are also separate articles here on how to choose your sanitary products, saving cash with reusable sanitary products, and information on toxic shock syndrome. Come on girls, let’s cut out the waste and have a more eco-friendly period!
The choices in a nutshell are as follows:
Organic Tampons and Sanitary Towels – we stock a range of disposable organic tampons and sanitary pads from Natracare. This range has been developed to have minimal environmental impact, using GM free cotton, cornstarch for leakproofing, and degradable or recycled packaging. Far kinder to the environment than conventional disposable brands, yet still performing well. Also gentler on you as they don’t contain the super absorbent crystals found in conventional sanitary pads. We also have Organyc panty liners, again made from organic cotton.
Reusable or washable sanitary towels – we stock a range of all in one washable sanitary towels from a variety of suppliers. Having explored the ranges available, we have settled on a few of the best quality products. Reusable sanitary towels have soft fabric outers (usually cotton), making them breathable and cool; easy to use popper fastenings – so no more pads gluing themselves to your underwear; and can simply be washed in your machine with other laundry. From reusable panty liners through a range of reusable sanitary towels and right up to super absorbent night or post-partum menstrual pads, we have something for everyone! A range of styles and patterns are available, including latex free and organic. Please ask if you have specific requirements or allergies.
Menstrual Cups - menstrual cups sit internally, like a tampon, but lower down, and simply collect your flow rather than soaking it up. For many women this proves a far more comfortable experience. Tampons not only soak up your menstrual flow, but all the natural moisture present, which can leave you feeling dry and sore. Menstrual cups don’t do this, yet contain up to 15ml of fluid at a time, making them suitable even for heavy periods. Two UK brands and two European brands are stocked, both made from medical grade silicone. They last for up to 10 years, making them excellent value.
Menstrual sea sponge tampons – another internal product, sea sponge tampons are small sea sponges that sit internally to absorb your flow, much like a tampon, but with the difference that you simply rinse and re-insert as required. They last around a year and can then be composted, making them very eco-friendly. Two brands are stocked, both from UK companies although the sponges themselves grow naturally in the Mediterranean.
Many women who switch to eco-friendly sanitary products report that their periods are less painful, and sometimes shorter than with their previous products, some have also reported that they no longer suffer with monthly thrush. This is purely anecdotal, but interesting nonetheless.