Ecological alternatives to disposable sanitary protection

Today, more and more of us are sensitive to the future of our beautiful planet and almost everywhere we see "zero waste" initiatives flourishing in all spheres of our lives: food and household products in bulk, cosmetics - house, recycled clothes, … So obviously our rules could not escape it.

Did you know that a woman uses approximately 10-15,000 menstrual products in her lifetime (pads, tampons and wraps combined)? and that more than 45 billion sanitary napkins are thrown away every year in the world? It is estimated that it takes nearly 500 years for a towel to degrade, the same time as a plastic bottle. This makes the sanitary protection industry one of the most polluting in the world (not to mention the chemical and often toxic products found in it…).

So, what if we changed things by reducing our waste even during our periods? whether you are more of a tampon or a towel, there are alternatives suitable for each.

Rather buffer?

If you're more of a buffer, here are the options available to you:

1. The biodegradable tampon

To make a smooth transition, the organic tampon closely resembles its cousin, the classic tampon. However, unlike the blends of natural and synthetic materials usually used, this one is made of 100% organic cotton. It is easily found in organic stores and as it is biodegradable, it deteriorates in 1 to 5 months. You can therefore put it in the compost of your garden after use instead of throwing it in the trash.

2. The cup or menstrual cup

The cup is a hygienic protection that works in the same way as a tampon, namely that it is placed in the vagina and retains the menstrual flow. The interests of the cup are multiple:

- You can have only one and keep it for 5 to 10 years, enough to save a lot of money.

- It does not disturb the vaginal flora. Unlike absorbent tampons, the cup serves as a receptacle for blood and does not absorb our good bacteria necessary for our balance.

- As we are all different, you can choose its size depending on whether you are a young woman or a woman who has already had children.

After taking the right hand to place and remove it, the cup is an excellent zero waste alternative.

Or rather sanitary napkin?

If you're more of a towel, here are the options available to you:

1. The washable sanitary napkin

Often made from cotton, the washable sanitary napkin is clipped to your panties. This washable protection is easy to use and contains no allergenic or toxic chemicals. As a result, you do not risk having untimely itching as could perhaps be the case with your old disposable towels. Plus, a no-brainer, you can reuse them over and over again (or at least until they wear out!).

2. Period panties or menstrual panties

Here, nothing could be simpler and it is the one we prefer. Just put on your menstrual panties to be protected for up to 12 hours. Almost identical to a classic panty, very thin, you don't even have the feeling of having your period. Magic ? no, it is simply made from ultra-innovative materials that absorb your flow like a sanitary napkin but without the drawbacks (leaks, feeling of humidity, odors, etc.).

Efficient, comfortable & ecological, menstrual panties have it all!

And if none of this suits you, you can always experience the free instinctive flow of controlling the flow of your flow!

By Flora.