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It’s estimated that an average person using menstrual products will use around 11,000 pads and/or tampons in their lifetime. It is common for many people to use disposable, single-use period care products, and unfortunately, many disposable menstrual products are not biodegradable and will ultimately end up in landfill.
Given the stigma that has surrounded the menstrual health topic for a long time, talking about the options available has not been as widely advertised as it could be. Let’s remove that stigma, because there is an array of period care products that are reusable, eco-friendly, sustainable, and even safer for you to use.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to more sustainable menstrual products, learn more about the reusable period products available with Ecolateral.
There is a wide variety of reusable period care products for you to choose from. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to use reusable cloth pads and/or panty liners, leakproof period underwear, and waste-free menstrual cups. Keep reading to learn more.
Designed to be used in the same way as their disposable counterparts, reusable pads and panty liners are an eco-friendly organic period care product. Unlike disposable pads, cloth pads are made to be washed and reused, most commonly made from organic cotton.
To hold them in place, our range of reusable cloth pads use press studs, silicone grips or a combination of the two. Made in a variety of styles, sizes and absorbency levels, reusable cloth pads are a safe alternative to traditional pads and liners.
Increasing in popularity over recent years, leakproof period underwear has been designed to help you to easily manage your period. Period undies are made with a highly absorbent, moisture wicking layer that absorbs your menstrual flow while feelings similar to wearing normal underwear.
Easy to use, and reuse, period underwear is a flexible option that keeps you comfortable. Taking care of your period underwear will allow them to last longer. The brands we stock are able to be washed in a standard washing machine.
An eco-friendly alternative to tampons, menstrual cups are usually made from silicone, thermoplastic elastomer, or latex. Period cups are long-lasting, with some brands lasting for up to 10 years. Menstrual cups hold more fluid than tampons or pads, meaning you don’t have to empty/change them as often as tampons.
Like tampons, menstrual cups can take a little getting used to, but are a great alternative. With a variety of materials, sizes, and shapes available, you can find a menstrual cup to suit your needs.
Yes. Just like underwear or any other pieces of clothing, reusable cloth pads, panty liners, period underwear and menstrual cups are all sanitary and hygienic when used and cared for properly.
Cleaning and caring for reusable period products varies by product.
Reusable cloth pads, liners and period underwear are generally able to be washed in the washing machine, however, most cannot go in dryers, rather they need to air dry. There are usually more layers of fabrics to ensure these reusable products are absorbent, so they can take longer to dry than standard underwear.
When it comes to cleaning reusable menstrual cups, during your period you can simply rinse the cup under cold water after emptying and reinsert, or if you’re not near a tap, you can wipe with toilet paper or tissue. At the end of your period, ensure you thoroughly clean and sterilise your menstrual cup before storing away. Many brands offer cleaning sprays and solutions, as well as care instructions to ensure it lasts a long time.
How long your reusable menstrual hygiene products of choice last will depend on a variety factors, including how often you use them, how heavy your period flow is, and how well you take care of your reusable period products.
Reusable cloth pads can last up to 5 years when cared for carefully, and menstrual cups have a lifespan of up to 10 years, depending on the materials and your use. Always follow the instructions of the manufacturer to ensure your period products last.
Besides the obvious positive impacts to the environment, opting to use eco-friendly reusable menstrual care products has a number of very positive impacts for you personally.
By switching to reusable products, you are not exposing this sensitive part of your body to harsh toxins and chemicals that exist in some single-use period products. The skin all over our body is highly permeable and absorbs what we put on it into our bloodstream. By opting for menstrual products that are chemical free and/or organic, we are reducing our exposure to a wide variety of unnatural toxins.
In addition to this, many single use period products reduce the breathability of our underwear and create an unnaturally humid environment that can alter the pH balance in our bodies.
If reducing your personal contribution to landfill and your exposure to chemicals and toxins isn’t encouragement enough, then the money you will save to switch to reusable period care products may be. It’s estimated that the average menstruating person will spend around $5000 on menstrual health products in their lifetime. Given the longevity of reusable options, and their relatively low price, you can save a lot of money by making the change to sustainable menstrual care products.
At Ecolateral we aim to educate, inspire, and make it simple to lead a lifestyle that reduces your environmental impact on the world. We do this by sourcing products that have been made with the health of the Earth in mind. Our eco-friendly range incorporates items that are reusable, compostable, recyclable, or made from recycled materials to help you make more sustainable decisions. We support local manufacturing where we can and love Australian made products.
You can shop for eco-friendly cloth pads, panty liners, period underwear and menstrual cups that are reusable and toxin free online or instore at one of our 3 locations in South Australia – Blackwood, Magill & Brighton. We offer Click & Collect, AfterPay, as well as Australia-Wide and New Zealand shipping, with free shipping options available.