For people with periods, finding ways to make your menstrual cycle a bit more eco-friendly is a challenge — on Earth day and every day. There’s a wealth of period products out there to explore and try that go far beyond the traditional tampon, pads and ibuprofen sampler you got in your middle school health class swag bag. Now, there’s several brands of menstrual cups, of re-useable pads, tampon applicators and all-natural remedies that can help keep your period manageable while also loving on the environment.
According to data from Organicup, the average user throws away 125 to 150kg of tampons, pads and applicators in their lifetime. We’re talking 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, pantyliners, and tampons — yikes! And, not to mention, the production of these products (with lots of plastic) has an environmental impact all its own.
If you or someone you love is looking to make their time of the month a more earth-friendly experience, check out a few of our picks for eco-friendly period products to keep in your bathroom. Your uterus and mother earth will appreciate it!
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A version of this story was published December 2019.