Periods. We have them every month, yet they are still largely seen as taboo. Our cycles are necessary for the evolution of the humanity, and yet a lot of us have been brought up embarrassed and burdened with the monthly visit from Aunt Flo. On top of that, the amount of products full of plastic that we go through is scary. It’s time to go green during the red.
Luckily we’ve seen an uprise in empowering conversations, brands removing the shame and products being designed by women for women. So here’s your guide on brands helping you to go green, plastic-free and disposable free on your period – from menstrual cups to period pants.
Jokes about menstrual cycles are not funny. Period.
That is a sh*t load of tampons. Aside from the obvious impact to our landfills (or worse for those flushers out there – our oceans), the chemical-laden production coupled with the ‘disposable’ packaging is not doing anyone any favours. Ladies, we can make the switch to eco-friendly menstrual products – and speaking as the converted it’s game-changing.
‘But…they are more expensive’.
Now before you start thinking or giving excuses about reusable products being expensive, let’s just do the math on what you spend on tampons.
Say on an average period you go through 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons. At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33. (Thanks to Huffington Post for the numbers).
‘But..are they period proof?’
They sure are. These products have been beautifully engineered and are period proof – tried and tested. Of course it is an adjustment, but in the end, your vagina and the planet will thank you.
So what are you options to ditch those plastic laden tampons and pads, save money and skip those monthly supply runs? Below is our round-up of what’s available and brands who are based in Asia or ship to us.
BUT FIRST – WHAT’S WHAT
Menstrual Cups – Reusable medical-grade silicone menstrual cups designed to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. They are great for a few reasons – they don’t smell, you can use them for years (up to 15!), they don’t cause rashes and you can leave them up to 12 hours.
Tip – When out and about it’s best to use the disabled toilets and if that’s not possible carry some bamboo wet wipes to wipe clean.
Period Underwear – Menstrual underwear has been engineered to be moisture-wicking, absorbent and leak-resistant. These panties are designed to be worn as a backup for your tampon, menstrual cup or as a replacement for your pads.
Tip – Give them a quick rinse before you throw in the wash. For a quick turn over, use an old salad spinner to clean them.
Cloth Pads – Similar to period pants, cloth pads absorb your flow but hey strap over your normal underwear so you can change them out throughout the day when needed. They are an alternative to disposable pads, tampons or to reusable menstrual cups.
Sea Sponge Tampons – If a moon cup doesn’t work for you, check out sea sponge tampons. They are a natural, come from the sea and can be used to replace your tampons.
WHERE TO GET
LIVE LOVE LUNA
Reusable menstrual products
Singapore based Live Love Luna specializes in mindful menstruation and stocks everything you need including moon cups, period underwear, cup wipes and cup cleanser. Founder Ann Gee discovered reusable alternatives online and when she couldn’t find them in Singapore, she knew she had to bring them over. As early adopters and huge fans of menstrual cups, the team wanted to empower more women in Asia to reduce the impact of their periods and reduce their waste each month. If you are not sure where to get started, check out their article on how to choose your first menstrual cup.
What’s available – A range of moon cups, sea-sponge tampons, cloth pads, period underwear, cup wipes and cup cleanser
These babies are the real deal and you can try them risk-free with a 60-day money-back guarantee. They hold up to 2 tampons worth, yet they look and feel like regular underwear. If you’re worried about leaking, don’t. I love this brand not only because they are period proof and are really well designed, but they actually make me feel sexy during my period (something I never thought I would say). No more granny panties when surfing that red wave. They also give it forward through their education program supporting young people to learn about reproductive health and donate period products to those in need.
What’s available – 8 different styles of underwear from g-strings to sports.
Buy 1 give 1 menstrual cups
On a mission to get menstrual cups to women, Freedom Cups work on a buy-1 give-1 scheme where with every cup purchased, they give a cup to a woman in an underprivileged community. They’ve already distributed over 2000 cups, are made in the USA but was the brainchild of three Singaporean sisters. They even had the chance to talk about periods with President Obama.
See their step by step guide on how to insert, remove, clean and store.
Give sea-sponge tampons, period-proof underwear or reusable cups a try – it’s game-changing.