AD. These products were gifted to me but all thoughts are my own.
Fortunately, the stigma surrounding menstruation and period products is lessening (thanks to the abolition of the tampon tax from the 1stJanuary this year) and even the closing off of feminine hygiene aisles during previous lockdowns as they were not deemed to be ‘essential’ items; people who menstruate would highly disagree.
Thanks to social media, there is a great deal more information, choice and support out there for people who want to try new and different products, learn more about their bodies, or even just connect with other people who may be experiencing what they are. Period poverty affects many people around the world. Everyone who menstruates deserves the right to have to safe and hygienic period products. It is unacceptable that 1 in 10 people cannot afford to buy sanitary products while 1 in 7 struggles to afford them.
In a society that is over-reliant on plastic and the increase in global warming, being aware of our carbon footprint is even more vital in the battle to fight climate change. One step which people can take to reduce their plastic waste is to switch their period products.
There is an increasingly large range of brands who offer reusable, vegan products which are compostable and wrapped in biodegradable packaging, so that it won’t damage the environment. How amazing would it be for those people to have access to these products, so that they too could have peace of mind about making a positive impact on the planet?
I am sharing a variety of reusable and biodegradable period products for you to investigate and share with others about what is available on the market.
TOTM is an ethical and sustainable period care brand. They are driven by their missions to tackle period plastic and end the silence surrounding menstruation. Usually, period products are so detrimental to the environment, TOTM want to reduce the amount of period plastic that is ending up in our oceans and landfills. TOTM never use: chlorine bleach, fragrance or synthetic absorbents in their period care as these can cause irritation. TOTM are using their platform to raise awareness of issues that could be impacting people’s lives. TOTM is currently donating to Binti International and Endometriosis UK. Their tampons, pads and panty liners are made with GOTS certified organic cotton, which is grown without toxic and synthetic pesticides using sustainable farming methods. If you prefer menstrual cups, they offer a reusable, zero-waste cup.
Their light flow pads are 19.5cm, their medium pads are 22cm and the super flow pads are 23cm. All of their pads come with wings for a more secure fit and are so soft.
All of the pads TOTM have on offer are made from organic cotton with an absorbent core. There is 0% plastic touching your skin. The backing on the pads is biodegradable and the adhesive is non-toxic. As they are also hypoallergenic, any irritation will be prevented, thus giving you a comfortable experience. Moreover, you’ll be guilt-free, knowing that the products which you are using are cruelty free and vegan to boot! When you receive your products in the post, the pads are individually wrapped in biodegradable and compostable biofilm.
The pads are super soft against the skin and I love the fact that they are 0% plastic waste, which will enable me to reduce my carbon footprint and negative impact on the planet.
Founded in 2017, WUKA is the UK’s first ever reusable, leak-proof period wear and is a female lead start-up. WUKA stands for Wake Up, Kick Ass! They believe that no one should be held back by their period! Ruby, who is the founder of WUKA, is an environmental scientist. Equality, social and environmental responsibility is at the heart of her company. All WUKA period pants cam in a range of styles and sizes; they can be bought individually or in packs of 3 or 5, so you’re sure to find the style and size that’s just right for you!
This underwear is sustainably sourced and manufactured from Lenzing-Modal fabric and is actually 3.5 times softer than cotton with Eco Soft Technology. They can stretch up to 45% at the waist, so they can support you even if you have a bloated stomach. This style of period underwear has a medium absorbency; you can wear it for up to 8 hours per day, apart from your heaviest days. To take care of your underwear, simply rinse after use, wash at 40°C (without fabric softener) and hang to dry (DO NOT tumble dry!). They are quick drying, so will fit in with your lifestyle.
These bikini style period pants have a high cut leg and are incredibly soft. These too can be worn for up to 8 hours per day and on all but your heaviest days. They are leak-proof and use breathable, organic fabric to make them easy and enjoyable to wear.
When I first came across this product, I thought that it would be bulky, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the underwear was really comfy and fit really well. It was a revelation to wear pants without a pad that constantly moved! They washed up and dried beautifully, so there was no having to switch between these and using pads. Fabulous!
Organ(y)c only uses 100% certified organic cotton in all of their liners, sanitary pads and tampons. Many brands use SAPS – Super Absorbent Polymers that are made from crude oil. Organ(y)c only uses cotton as that can naturally absorb up to 20 times its weight! Some pads and tampons contain cotton. Organic cotton is breathable and soft, so you won’t suffer from irritation. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Organ(y)c Intimate Wipes
These cotton wet wipes will gently cleanse your intimate area. The wipes are infused with chamomile extract, which will help to offset any skin irritation and can aid in the reduction of burning or itching. They are SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and alcohol free.
Organ(y)c Intimate Wash
The certified organic formulation of their wash is infused with essential oils and extract such as chamomile which calms, cools and cleanses. This formula is SLS and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) free, so it is suitable for daily use on sensitive skin.
Organ(y)c Organic Cotton Panty Liners – Light Flow
The panty liners come folded and individually wrapped in a biodegradable mater-bi pouch. They are made with 100% certified cotton comprising a top sheet and highly absorbent core. They are available in light to moderate flow, or as flat liners which are extra-long.
Organ(y)c Organic Cotton Sanitary Pads – Heavy Flow
Like the liners, the folded pads are individual wrapped and supplied in a biodegradable mater-bi pouch. They are made from 100% certified cotton, comprising a top sheet and highly absorbent core. They have protective wings to keep the pad in place.
These cruelty free and vegan products have been a great alternative to my usual products. The wipes were particularly useful in helping me to stay clean and feeling fresh during my period. The pads felt soft against my skin and I felt secure thanks to the wings as I went about my day and whilst asleep during the night. I love the fact that the wrappers are biodegradable, so I can feel good that I am not adding to the plastic in the environment as the cotton degrades to compost in less than 5 months – totally amazing!
4. Cheeky Wipes
Helen, who is a mum of four, is the founder of Cheeky Wipes. Having suffered from eczema for more than 40 years, she established Cheeky Wipes and created the skin-friendly, reusable baby wipes when she was pregnant with her third child. The company has grown to be a huge success and since 2016 alone, they have saved over 28 million disposable, sanitary products and 22 million packets of baby wipes from landfill. What an amazing achievement and positive impact on the environment!
The hipster-style period pants are made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. They have a waterproof layer of Oeko-Tex certified TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). To care for your pants, simply soak (a recommendation), wash at 30°C or lower (without fabric softener – this can affect the absorbency) and simply hang up to dry (DO NO tumble dry).
Initially, I was worried about using period pants as I was under the misconception that they were bulky. However, the underwear felt lightweight and was really comfortable to wear. Cheeky Wipes have managed to create a slim line design that is not only comfortable, but doesn’t compromise on the quality of the protection which they provide. I particularly loved the waistband, which sports their brand name, and they look just like regular underwear!
5. Eco Bravo
Based in London, the company is the passion project of a mother and daughter duo, who are aiding people into using a greener way of living. When researching sustainable products, they saw how difficult that was, so they created Eco Bravo.
Eco bravo offer a huge range of ethically sourced, manufactured and shipped products, which are guaranteed NOT to cause any damage to the environment. For example, the range includes: health and beauty products, home and kitchen products, gifts and much more besides. You can follow them on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter, where you can read other people’s experiences of using their products, learn about new products and offers.
These reusable pads are completely plastic free. Incredibly soft, the top layer is fleece embedded with bamboo-charcoal to help eliminate any odour. The middle two layers contain absorbent microfiber and the outer layer is made of a waterproof PUL (Polyester/Polyurethane Laminated Knit) fabric.
The pads are uniquely designed with foldable sides that can be fastened with a popper. This means that they can be folded up small to fit in your bag when you’re on the go. There is either a fun star or flamingo print to choose from. Each pack comes with 3 small sized pads, 3 medium sized pads and a waterproof pouch (it has 2 zipped pockets) to use for both the clean and used pads. The pouch allows you to store and/or carry them around without fear of them mixing together.
I love the star print! The pads are easy to fasten and I felt a lot more secure when moving compared to adhesive wings. I love the idea of reusable pads as I’ll not only save money, but reduce the damage to both the environment and the planet, one of my New Year’s resolutions!
Do you use reusable period products or sustainable options? I’d love to hear in the comments.