Today on the blog I have a post from Jackie over at Reusable Menstrual Cups, sharing with us the new on the market eco-friendly feminine hygiene products. As you know I had a baby 9 weeks ago so haven’t had to think about sanitary towels or things for a long time. As my body is settling down now I’m sure my period will be here within a few months (At least by breastfeeding it stalls it for a time!)
Beyond Sanitary Pads and Tampons
20 years ago, there were very few choices for period products. They mostly consisted of pads and tampons. Sure, a few people were using eco-friendly things like sea sponge tampons, or the original, modern-day menstrual cup (the Keeper), or sewing their own cloth pads, but they were the exceptions.
These days, menstrual cups are far more popular and there are an abundance of choices for things like cloth pads and organic disposables. I’ll share a few of the new things happening in the world of eco-friendly feminine products including more choices for menstrual cups, a reusable option for period sex, premium cloth pads, and organic disposables.
More Choices for Menstrual Cups
The Diva Cup, MoonCup, Lunette Cup and Keeper Cup dominated the menstrual cup market for years. They’re all still around today and are as popular as ever.
The good news is that there are way more companies making menstrual cups and you have 100+ choices. Many of them are cheap cups from China that you shouldn’t consider putting into your body, but there are around 20 that you should.
Why would you not just go with the Diva Cup or the Mooncup? That’s a great question! The main reason is that some of these newer menstrual cups are around ½ or ⅔ the price, but are of the same quality. Many of them also have a lot more options for sizes, stem types, firmness, etc.
Some of the top-quality brands of newer menstrual cups that you might consider including: The Eva Cup, Lena Cup, Sckooncup, Meluna Cup, XO Flo, Saalt Cup and the Super Jennie.
Among them, the Saalt Cup is probably my personal favourite. It’s very new, and just came out in the past year or so, but my prediction is that it’s going to be one of the most popular cups in the future. It’s well-designed, reasonably priced, and just seems to work for most people.
A Reusable Menstrual Cup for Period Sex
Previously, if you wanted to have non-messy sex during your period, you’d probably opt for doing it in the shower, using Instead Soft Cups, the Flex Disc, or a Sea Sponge Tampon. Although sea sponges can be reused a few times, all these options are disposable.
In the past year, a reusable option has (finally!) come onto the market. The Intimina Ziggy Cup is very similar to Soft Cups in that it’s a flex, flexible disc that fits right below your cervix. You can use it as your main source of period protection, but its’ specialty is period sex.
The Ziggy Cup is made from the same material as most other menstrual cups (medical grade silicone) and so can last for at least a couple of years, if not far longer.
Premium Cloth Pads
Up until quite recently, if you wanted to use reusable cloth pads, you either made your own, or bought some of the cheap ones on Amazon that are made in China. These days, there are a ton of premium options out there, including hand-sewn and organic.
Of course, these top-quality reusable menstrual pads aren’t cheap, but they do last for 5-10 years. They also work a lot better than the cheap ones and for the most part, don’t leak. Some of the best brands you might want to consider are Glad Rags Organic, Tree Hugger, Think Eco Organic, Blushing Bluebird, and Wegreeco.
Why make the switch to reusable cloth pads? They’re healthier because they don’t contain toxic chemicals in them, are cheaper over the long-term and also much better for the environment.
Organic Pads and Tampons
Not a lot of people know this, but regular disposable pads and tampons sometimes contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals in them. They come from the pesticides used to grow the cotton, as well as from the manufacturing process (bleaching in particular).
While there is only small amounts of this stuff, exposure can add up over time and cause some serious health problems. It just makes sense to reduce your exposure as much as possible.
One way to do this is to make the switch to organic pads or tampons. Doing so is better for your health, but it’s also better for the environment.
Most of these products are plastic-free and are 100% biodegradable. Compare this to regular disposable period products which are often made largely from plastic (pads in particular).
One of the best brands of organic pads and tampons is Rael. They’re new to the scene, but have some excellent customer reviews, and are more affordable than some of their competitors.
About the Author
Jackie Bolen is a tree-hugging, friend of the Earth from Vancouver, Canada. She can most often be found on top of a mountain, paddling the rivers, or drinking coffee while working on her website.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope this post has alerted you to the different options we now have available to us.
*This is a collaborative post.