Periods are a scarcely talked about subject, which means the fact that tampons and pads account for a significant proportion of plastic waste, often falls quietly below the radar.
We all know that plastic pervades modern life, but who’d have thought feminine hygiene would be partly to blame?
Tampons, for example, come wrapped in plastic, with plastic applicators and plastic strings, and maybe even more plastic in the ‘absorbent part.’ In fact, most tampons and pads can contain up to 90% plastic.
Most of these will wind up in landfills, and given that over the course of a lifetime, a woman will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons (125 to 150kg), it’s clear to see where the problem lies.
Thankfully, more and more women are cottoning on to less plastic-centric alternatives, with old technology such as the menstrual cup recently seeing a resurgence in popularity.
BeYou specialise in sustainable period care options, including the BeYou menstrual cup, which can be worn for up to 12 hours, and lasts for years, making it an effective way of reducing money AND waste. The cup is made from 100% soft medical-grade silicone, with no BPA, latex or dye, making it kinder to you... and your planet.
Their range also includes Monthly Patches designed to help manage premenstrual symptoms. These thin, discreet patches provide a steady release of Menthol Oil and Eucalyptus Oil over 12 hours, and are 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and biodegradable.