3 Environmentally friendly and non-toxic alternatives to disposable period products that come in kits!
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Each year in North America, roughly around 20 billion disposable pads and tampons make their way to the landfill where they sit around with other single-use products like baby diapers, water bottles and plastic straws that simply do not biodegrade.
Then there’s the issue of manufacturing single use sanitary pads which also creates a large carbon footprint, not to mention the impact they have on our health due to all the synthetic and toxic chemicals that are used to create them. Rayon, dioxin, fragrance and chlorine are only a few of these hormone disrupting and cancer causing agents that we shouldn’t be voluntarily placing into our bodies. This stuff literally has a huge impact on your health.
Luckily, there are a few healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional menstrual products:
• Reusable menstrual cups
• Reusable period pads
• Reusable period underwear
Reusable is the key word in each of these zero-waste products. Although there are many eco-friendly period products that are biodegradable, they still take a long time to breakdown in landfills and contribute to carbon emissions. So in order to qualify as “zero-waste”, your period products must be reusable. Plus, choosing against single use will help save water—because even organic cotton requires a ton to water to create even one tampon.
Now the big question: which one do you choose? Which one is best for your body and lifestyle?
The easiest thing to do when wanting to switch over to a new product (especially if it’s an environmentally friendly product which costs a few dollars more) is to purchase a kit.
Period kits allow you to sample and experiment with products that you would otherwise be too uncertain to buy. And unfortunately only a handful of period kits are zero-waste—I’m talking kits that have a variety of assorted products—some even have cleaning accessories.
After much research and consideration, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 fantastic and top notch menstrual kits that contain a good variety of items that will make switching over a lot easier.
The items within all of these selected menstrual kits are BPA free, non-toxic and will definitely save you a ton of money in the long run. And each kit is great for both light and heavy flow. So go ahead and explore them, and see if any of them appeal to you.
PIXIE MENSTRUAL CUP STARTER KIT
If you’re searching for a tampon and pad alternative, than a soft silicone menstrual cup may be a great fit for you. And this menstrual cup starter kit by Pixie is the ultimate zero waste period kit. Non-toxic and BPA-free, this period kit contains two reusable silicone cups (one small and one large) which offer 12 hour protection and contain a 10 year life span.
Each person is different, and our flow varies from the beginning of our cycle to the end, so it’s really convenient to have two different size cups to choose from.
It also includes one microwavable sterilizing cup, one all natural and organic lubricant and one all natural and organic foaming wash and wipes for the purpose of cleaning your Pixie cups. Women are truly loving this period kit and you can get more info, to include reviews, on Amazon by clicking here.
LUNA CUP MENSTRUAL STARTER KIT
If you’re not sure about your ability to use a silicone menstrual cup, or you’d like to use a combination of cups and pads to feel more confident or until you get the hang of it, then this Luna Cup menstrual starter kit is the perfect choice for you.
The Luna Cup menstral starter kit consists of 3 reusable bamboo charcoal cloth pads, two medical grade soft silicone menstrual cups (one small and one large), one silky pouch, and one wet bag.
The reusable Luna period pads are made of 100% anti-bacterial and highly absorbent bamboo charcoal, and hold twice as much liquid as traditional disposable pads—which means you don’t have to change as much. They also contain “wings” for extra protection, and are very easy to clean. Plus, how cute is the design! You can find more details about this kit on Amazon, to include reviews, and decide if you’d like to give this kit a try!
LUNA CUP MENSTRUAL STARTER KIT (PERIOD PANTIES EDITION)
If you’d like to skip a silicone menstrual cup altogether, and stick to something less invasive, then this period panty and reusable pad combination by Luna Cup is perfect for you. I really like this kit because it’s hard to find a brand that sells pads and underwear together—giving you the freedom and convenience to see which works best for you.
I do, however, recommend panties for lighter period days and definitely not when and if you have a heavy flow.
These comfortable and breathable period panties are made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The inner lining has waterproof backing, so don’t worry about leakage! If you’d like more details and sizing information, click here to be taken to Amazon.
Have you ever tried a menstrual cup or reusable pad? Tell us your experience in the comments!