Are you looking to green up your period? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to give you some information about what’s new is the world of eco-friendly period products, including some newer menstrual cups, premium cloth pads, the Ziggy Cup and lots of options for organic disposable pads and tampons.
#1: Newer Menstrual Cups
If you’re looking to go green for your period, then the first option you’ll want to consider is a menstrual cup. Have you heard of the Diva Cup, Moon Cup and Lunette? They were the first cups made from medical grade silicone and were on the scene around 20 years ago. They’re still among the most popular cups today.
However, these days, there are lots of other menstrual cup options including the Meluna Cup, Lena Cup, Super Jennie, Sckoon Cup, Lily Cup and Anigan Eva Cup (there are around 100 brands in total). Although the older menstrual cups work well, these newer ones are suitable for a wider range of people.
For example, if you find something like the Diva Cup too stiff and uncomfortable then you may want to consider the softer Sckoon Cup. Or, if the Lunette Cup is too long, you could opt for the Meluna Shorty. Perhaps you have a very heavy period? You could check out the high-capacity Super Jennie. If you’re a teen, you may want to check out the very small Lily Cup One.
Why Consider a Menstrual Cup over Tampons?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to consider a menstrual cup over tampons. However, the main reason is that a handful of cups can potentially replace thousands of tampons. This will save you a ton of money, as well as significantly reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.
Imagine the possibilities if every single menstruating person in the world made the switch?
#2: Premium Reusable Cloth Pads
Even just a decade or so ago, the only options for reusable cloth pads weren’t great. You could make your own, or buy some cheaply made ones on Amazon. This made disposable pads a very attractive option!
However, there are far better options these days, including a number of premium ones. These are usually handmade in North America, and many of them contain organic cotton as well. They work very well and are equally effective as disposables in many cases.
The best news is cloth pads can last for 5-10 years, or even longer with the top-quality ones. This means that a few of them can replace thousands of disposable pads which are made in large part from plastic.
Check out this article for some of the brands that you may want to consider: The Best Organic Cloth Pads.
#3: The Ziggy Cup
Here’s a new environmentally friendly period product that people have been waiting years for. Maybe you’ve heard of the Soft Cup before? It’s a flat, flexible disc that fits right below your cervix. Most people use it for non-messy sex during their period. The only real negative is that it’s a single-use product, so can lead to a lot of waste, as well as expense if used regularly.
The good news is that Intimina has come out with the Ziggy Cup which is very similar in design to the Soft Cup. Where it’s different is the materials it’s made from. The Ziggy Cup contains medical grade silicone, the same as most traditional menstrual cups. This means that it can last for years with proper care and cleaning.
Finally, a reusable period sex option that’s friendly to the environment.
#4: Organic Disposables
Organic pads and tampons have been around for years, but there were only a few brands available. These days, there are more than 20. The good news is that they’re more easily found, even in local drugstores and they’re cheaper as well.
Quick tip: The best prices for organic pads and tampons is usually on Amazon, so check there first.
Why go organic over conventional pads and tampons? There are a few reasons.
They are much better for the environment because the cotton in them isn’t grown with pesticides. They’re also manufactured without harmful bleaching agents. The majority of them are plastic-free, meaning that they’ll degrade in just a few years, instead of the centuries it will take for the regular ones.
This lack of toxic chemicals is also much better for our health, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies.
Ready to Make the Switch?
You’ll be joining an enlightened group of people making a better choice for their health, the environment as well as their bank account balance! Consider a menstrual cup, reusable cloth pad, the Ziggy Cup, or organic pads and tampons today.
Article written for WhosGreenOnline.com by, Jackie Bolen