So, a lot of our content mentions how good transitioning to a menstrual cup, reusable pad or undies are. This is not only for the amount of money you can save yourself (WINNING) but also the longevity and comfort of the product. But we haven’t really spoken too much about the environmental benefits of making the change.
You may not know it, but it takes a tampon longer to degrade than the lifespan of the women who wears it. The average woman will use over 11,000 disposable, one-time-use menstrual products in her reproductive lifetime. That’s a lot of tampons going into waste.
By switching to a reusable alternative this type of waste reduces drastically.
Say for example you opt for a menstrual cup. You can wear the same one over and over again throughout your period; all you have to do is wash it. Then repeat that same process with the same cup the next month and the next month. In fact this one singular menstrual cup will last 72 months. All that for $34.95 not bad hey.
Now if you’re not quite ready to venture into the realm of menstrual cups. Fear not. There are still other eco friendly alternatives; Pads and undies.
The pads and undies aren’t quite as reusable as the cups (you do need to wash them between wears) however they are great for sleeping and every day use. Holding up to three tampons worth they are both great alternatives for single use products.
By switching to a reusable alternative, not only are you saving money in the long run but you are also doing your part in reducing single use products contributing to landfill.