It’s the last day of Women’s History Month so why not talk about sustainable and safer products to use during your period? To any men reading this (thank you) but it’s probably best to forward this post to the women in your life. Ladies we’re going to talk about how to make your periods more green. Yes, even your periods can have a green living approach. We’re doing this, so if you don’t want to read about it then stop now and I’ll see you next week. ;)
I remember very clearly the first time I learned about all the chemicals, toxins, perfumes, bleach, chlorine and lack of regulations and testing that goes into to making conventional pads and tampons; I was a freshmen in college and was shocked, confused, disgusted and pissed off. I went into action. I stopped buying conventional pads and tampons from that day on, replaced them with organic alternatives and told all my girlfriends. Vaginal walls are some of the most highly absorbent tissue in your body making it extremely important to make sure that what you are using is free of the harsh ingredients listed above.
When I used tampons as my main period product I went for the ones without the applicators because I wanted to reduce my plastic waste and I found the these ones expand horizontally, which I believe are way more comfortable to wear than the ones that have applicators that expand vertically. I know not everyone is comfortable without an applicator but even before I made the switch to organic tampons I was using the conventional brand o.b. for this very reason.
I’m now a Diva Cup (a silicone reusable menstrual cup) kind of woman. It helps me reduce my period waste each month, it’s great to use while traveling and saves me money from not having to buy organic tampons and pads every month. As I’m sure you can imagine I still like to have a few pads or tampons on hand. There are a few menstrual cup bands out there so if you want to give it a try just make sure you buy one that’s made from silicone.
I came across this awesome brand called Conscious Period a few months ago by an awesome friend sharing them with me and knew right away I wanted to share them with you all. This company was dreamed up and brought to life by two passionate women living in Los Angeles. Conscious Period is a company driven by a social cause. Their tampons are organic, dye, chlorine and bleach free that have a BPA free applicator for a tampon that expands horizontally not vertically. For every box of tampons you purchase, they donate a box of healthy, environmentally friendly pads to a woman who is homeless. Before talking to them I had no idea 247,174 women are experiencing homelessness in the U.S. and that according to shelters, period products are the most difficult to source from donors. Without access to period products these women resort to using unsanitary rags. What shocked and angered me most of all is that currently, food stamps do not cover the cost of period products. I hope that you will check out Conscious Period and consider giving them a try. It’s companies like this that I love supporting, good for me, good for the world.
Let me know if you have any questions down below, I know I had a lot when I first learned about this stuff.
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