Sustainability has never been more top of mind. It’s a multifaceted issue that needs to be considered in every aspect of our lives and yes, that includes our periods and the products we use during them.
Period waste is a huge part of the climate crisis. Sustainable period company, DAME, reports that 100 billion period products are thrown away every year and can’t be recycled. It’s a shocking statistic that shouldn’t be ignored.
Having said that, we also can’t ignore the fact that in the UK, period poverty exists. Getting hygiene products is hard enough, let alone having to think about the sustainable impact of those products. We aren’t taking away from that fact at all, and there are incredible charities – such as Bloody Good Period, The Homeless Period, and Freedom 4 Girls – trying to make period poverty a thing of the past. However, we are aware that increasingly people who have periods are more conscious of the waste we’re producing each month.
Thankfully, there are brilliant brands out there working towards making sustainable period products – like tampons, pads, pants, and menstrual cups – more affordable and accessible. And they’re making progress. In recent years, the world’s first reusable tampon applicator was created, organic cotton tampons are more affordable and accessible, and cloth pads and period pants are becoming more common. The overall aim? To reduce single-use hygiene products, plastic, and unnecessary waste when there are plenty of sustainable, reusable options out there.