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1. Help reduce waste and be kinder to our planet
The environmental impacts of menstruation are massive. Just one woman uses around 11,000 tampons and pads in her lifetime and 45 billion period products are thrown out every year. The packaging from these items are usually plastic and cannot break down, and they often end up in our oceans for marine life to consume. According to The Huffington Post, one pad has the same negative environmental impact as four plastic bags! Pads and tampons also often clog toilets and cause endless homes and businesses avoidable plumbing issues.
2. Save your money
Sustainable and reusable period underwear, cups and pads are all designed for long-term use. In fact, a single menstrual cup should have you covered for up to 10 years. If you break down the cost of using new packets of tampons or pads each time you bleed, we’re talking thousands of dollars spent by each woman for their total period life-time. There’s also the money saved on buying new underwear and sheets due to stains, as you can wear your period undies leading up to the day to avoid these annoying unexpected leaks!
The Huffington Post made a great infographic to show how much the average woman spends on period related products a year.
3. More convenience
You may still have some questions around the convenience of using reusable period products. These points may help:
- Period pads are designed to hold more than 5 times regular pads
- No embarrassing tampon strings hanging out the side of your swimmers!
- The Anytime Co have had feedback from women reporting that they’re bleeding less using sustainable period pads that don’t have nasty chemicals
- There are varying absorbency levels for various sizes
- The period undies and pads fit to your body, so you can move around without worrying about leaks
4. Better for your body
Because period underwear and reusable pads are worn externally, there is no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome or any of the other chemical-related issues with tampons. The material used is kinder and more gentle on the body, so great for those with sensitive skin. Bamboo charcoal fibre is growing more and more popular due to its softness, waterproof qualities and breathability. Bamboo charcoal is also a fast drying material and can be washed over and over again without wearing out the fabric, and the fiber has inbuilt moisture and thermal regulators. These are all important reasons for why this material is perfect for reusable period alternatives.
5. They’re going to be the next ‘norm’
Menstrual cups, reusable pads and period undies are all getting better and better with well thought out designs and material improvements. More women are starting to see the benefits of using reusable, sustainable alternatives for their menstrual cycle and making the switch. With the amount of money you could save, waste you could reduce and convenience you could bring into your life when Aunty Flow comes to visit, it really is a no brainer to update your plastic, chemical infused pads and tampons and buy a reusable product today!