Monday, 19 October 2015

How to have a Greener Period


And by greener I mean environmentally friendly, I'm not gonna make your period blood green, lolz.

Think about how many sanitary products you buy and use each month, for however many days, for 30-40 years, and multiply that by about half the human population - that's a lot of waste! And not only waste but production of sanitary products has a huge environmental impact, especially the production of plastic tampon applicators and pad packets. Cotton tampons sans plastic applicator take a lot less time to bio-degrade - only six months compared to twenty five years! Although cotton farming doesn't use as much energy as producing plastic applicators, it's still not ideal. Menstrual cups are the best environmentally friendly option - from what I've heard. I've never tried one so can't actually vouch for it.

If you're not feeling ready to move onto the menstrual cup, organic cotton tampons may be your best bet. Veeda do a small selection of pads and tampons, without any of the usual chemicals other big brands contain.
I thought without an applicator, these tampons would be difficult to use, but it really didn't make a difference, and as far as pads go these ones I tried did the job, and were more comfortable (and less rustly) than other brands I've tried.

A menstrual cup would be cheaper in the long run - you only need to buy it once! But per packet Veeda are inexpensive, although I think they're more expensive if you buy them in Boots rather than from their website. Which I know because I bought more when I ran out of pads, deciding to switch from Tampax pearl.

We can't help our periods! But maybe we should be thinking about the extent of environmental damage we could possibly stop by changing up a few habits, switching tampon brand for example ;-) or using reusable cloth pads, or investing in a menstrual cup.

Have you ever thought about the environmental impact your period has each month? Would you consider changing up what products you use?

This post was written for VeedaUK and they supplied me with a 16 pack of their regular tampons and cotton regular towels to review. All (too honest) opinions are my own.

10 comments :

  1. Wow! I don't think I was expecting to find something like this on your blog today. Well done for writing something unique, thought provoking and completely fresh. That's what I love about your blog. It is pretty unique in that sense. It really isn't something I have thought about, and being honest I am 20, have had a period for almost 8 years and have never heard of a menstrual cup. I definitely should look into being more environmentally friendly.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie/

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  2. Every time a month goes by I am thankful that I have my contraceptive implant and therefore haven't had a period in over 6 years! I'm slightly concerned, I'll have forgotten what to do, but damn am I saving money!! It's not a guarantee, but one of the side effects of the implant is no more period :) It's pretty perfect.

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  3. Thank you so much Ellen, you don't know how much your comment made my week, you're too kind, thank you :')


    I only started thinking about it recently, I'd never heard of a menstrual cup either then watched a youtube video on it and started doing some research - as if we don't have to deal with enough each period!

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  4. Oh wow, I don't think I knew that about you! It's not something I've considered, simply because the pill works so well for me so why bother :P you must save so much though - that makes it very very tempting! I didn't even mention that in this post - another great option!

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  5. This is a brilliant idea - I've actually been looking for something like this for a good while - I'd often wondered if there were more eco-friendly alternatives around so this is really useful! Thank you for sharing this Amber, will have to track these down and try and get some. - Tasha

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  6. Wow, this is such an interesting concept! This isn't something I've ever really thought about, but considering it now I probably should put more effort into being more environmentally aware.

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  7. It's ok, we can still be friends even if you don't know anything about my lady time :)

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  8. Veeda are sold in Boots, although I think they're more expensive there than if you buy from their own website. Menstrual cup is my next step to help the environment!

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  9. I didn't start thinking about it until recently, I can't for the life of me remember where, but I read a wee post about the environmental impacts - I didn't even realise!

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  10. Both sound really good, will definitely check them out!

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