The menstrual cups are always on the top of the list when it comes to sustainable alternatives—but for some people, using internal protection isn’t a viable option. Here, we list out other sustainable options for you to try! After all, why keep spending money on single-use products?
For many women, the payoff of using the menstrual cup is undeniable. The most hyped reusable period product, the cups are less wasteful than tampons and pads—some lasting for a whopping 10 years! But there is a large part of the female community that is still hesitant of inserting a silicone cup up to their private parts. Some even experience health issues with internal protection, while another percentage are bounded by their religion and are unable to make the switch to internal protection until they are married. Rather than continuing with single-use options that are both economically and environmentally hazardous, we list out a few friendlier alternatives that have worked perfectly well for us!
Reusable pads are much less irritating options to conventional pads as they are made of natural fabrics. These reusable pads have a flap that snaps around your underwear and is either lined with a waterproof lining or a removable liner that can be easily thrown into a washing machine after rinsing. Depending on the brand of choice, some reusable pads are meant to last for 5 years before you need to change the lining for a new one.
I must say, there is absolutely nothing like being able to go about my day without having to insert a cup or put on a pad, even on the first day of having my period! Simple, no-hassle, and super absorbent, period panties are great period protectant alternatives! Brands like Thinx and Flux offer panties that are made of special multi-layered technology that helps to prevent leak transfers, whilst controlling odors. They also look good, too!
Yes, this actually exists. There are a few brands that offer leak-proof, breathable, moisture-wicking leotards and yoga pants that work the same way that period panties do—we highly recommend the Dear Kate Capri Yoga Pants and the Thinx leotard. They are built with a special lined crotch gusset that will absorb blood as you go about your daily activities. The best part of owning a pair (or more) is that you don’t have to wear these only when you have your period— rock these sweat absorbing fashion statements any time you want!