Say No to Plastic: Switching to a Menstrual Cup
Lifestyle Changes || A Green Alternative
I was introduced to menstrual cups whilst living in Byron earlier this year. I was always looking to find a more sustainable way of dealing with my moon cycle as the plastics and trash generated from each use of tampons and pads was slowly driving me nuts. I had tried out THINX period-proof underwear (which I still love!), but needed something more for heavier days or in times that the two pairs I did have were both being dried.
Anyway, menstrual cups have changed my life on so many levels. Periods became less of a pain as I now don’t have to worry about going to the restroom every other hour or be stressed with how much trash and plastic use I was responsible for.
Menstrual cups are way more efficient, save so much more money, healthier for you, and are sustainable & environmentally friendly in comparison to the conventional alternatives on the market.
Environmental Impact of Period Products
“Your period is no longer painful for just you, it impacts on the lives of wildlife, worldwide. Marine life is at serious risk from plastic pollution and our oceans are at crisis point” -Natracare
Tampons, pads and panty liners along with their packaging and individual wrapping generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and they all contain plastic – in fact, pads are around 90% plastic!
Most tampons contain chemicals such as dioxin, chlorine and rayon. While the products sit in landfills, these chemicals get soaked up by the earth and are released as pollution into groundwater and air.
Going Green by Switching to a Menstrual Cup
The lifespan of the cup means potentially saving the environment for the packaging and material waste of more than 2400 pads or tampons per user.
To put that into context, one menstrual cup will save the environment for one truckload of waste in 10 years for every single person who switches to a cup.
I specifically use Ju-Ju Reusable Menstrual Cups just cause I was in Australia when I was introduced to moon cups and this was one I found at the local health food store. You can most likely find them in-store at your local health food store or even in some super markets. I have friends who’ve tried other brands such as OrganiCup and heard of only good things! I highly recommend buying in-store rather than online to see them in person and to choose a more mindful & eco-friendly way of consuming.
I hope this helps!