With issues such as climate change and sustainability, another aspect of period poverty is that not every woman knows about sustainable period care, hygiene, and wear products. Not only are these products designed to be healthier to get you through your cycle, but they are also better for sustainability and the environment.
There are many different ingredients that are found in menstrual health products that can be potentially harmful. For some women’s products, like tampons, these harmful ingredients may not be disclosed on the label. These ingredients can include dioxins and furans, fragrances, and pesticide residues. Some of the health concerns of these ingredients include disruption of the endocrine system, damage to reproductive health, cancer, and allergies. Thankfully, there are products out there that are healthy and environmentally friendly.
One of the major concerns with traditional tampons is that they are made with cotton. Non-organic cotton could potentially contain pesticide residue, which can cause cancer and disrupt the endocrine system. Here are some benefits of organic tampons:
- They don’t contain harsh chemicals.
- They are biodegradable and can be broken down by the environment.
- They don’t have any fragrances that can be an allergen.
Leak Proof Underwear Made From Recycled Materials
Somtimes, leak proof underwear can add an extra layer of comfort and protection. They allow you to free-bleed while preventing leakage onto your skin and clothes. There are some brands of period underwear that are made from recycled materials. One company, called Saalt Wear, ships products anywhere in the world and uses recycled plastic bottles, which helps the environment. They also donate a percentage of sales to period health and education, empowering women in underserved communities.
Menstrual Cups Instead of Tampons
Tampons present a huge drain on the environment. If you think about it, the plastic in them is often the worst part. Not only does the plastic potentially contain harmful chemicals, but plastic takes about 20 years to degrade in the environment. In the United States, 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons get thrown away every year. Menstrual cups have a few benefits and are often better for the environment:
- Menstrual cups are reusable.
- Some menstrual cups can last for as long as twelve hours and absorb as much as five times more than a pad or tampon.
- Menstrual cups can also potentially reduce the likelihood of toxic shock syndrome.
Why Use Sustainable Period Health Products
Sustainable period health products not only help make for less waste, they also are healthier and better for the environment. It is also good to purchase women’s health products that put money back into organizations that can help alleviate period poverty. By using products that we know the origins of, we are better equipped to make decisions that are beneficial to our menstrual health.