The Best Sustainable Period Products

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As a woman, I can easily declare that periods are a pain. I still remember getting mine for the first time, and after one spotting of blood, I asked my mom, “So that’s it, right?” Oh how wrong I was. Clearly, at the time, I wasn’t very educated on mensuration and was shocked to learn it lasts for several days every month. How could this be? I wondered. Periods seem horribly inconvenient.

And yes, it truly is inconvenient for a number of reasons. At the time, I was worried about comfortably being able to play sports and swimming at summer camp. But now, I’m concerned with different period-related annoyances. One big thing that makes periods a not-so-fun time of the month is the number of products females end up buying to deal with it. At the time of my first period, I certainly wasn’t considering the environmental impact of all those products. But now I am.

Take a moment and do the math with me here: The average age for girls in the U.S. to get their period is somewhere around age 12, and they have it typically until they are between 45 to 55 years old. That’s approximately 38 years worth of periods. Without getting into the specifics, I think we can all agree that 38 years worth of periods leads to a lot of tampons and pads. All those items cost money and also have a negative impact on the planet.

There are some small changes you can make that will make your periods more sustainable and may even save you some money over time. Here are a variety of sustainable products including period underwear, period cups, and reusable pads that might just make your period a little bit less of a pain each month. And if you’re dealing with postpartum bleeding or incontinence, leak-proof underwear and reusable pads can be used for that as well. Be sure to pay attention to absorbency levels when making your purchases. Shopping tip: Many of these products are eligible for FSA or HSA funds.

 

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Leak-Proof Underwear

Thinx

Super Cotton Brief

These briefs hold up to five regular tampons worth of blood.

Available in 5 colors and sizes XS-4X

Rael

Resuable Period Underwear

These affordable comfy basic briefs can absorb the same amount of liquid as up to three regular tampons. Plus, they include a reusable waterproof pouch with purchase.

Available in sizes S-XL

Proof.

Leakproof Lace Cheeky

Proof manages to offer absorbent underwear that actually still looks cute.

Available in sizes XS-3XL

Proof.

Leakproof Thong

For lighter days, you can even wear a thong without leaking.

Available in 2 colors and sizes XS-3XL

Knix

Super Leakproof Dream Short

Wear these to bed and rest easy knowing you won't experience any leaks. Knix offers undies for periods and incontinence. Shop a variety of styles in a range of absorbencies.

Knix

Leakproof High Rise

Knix offers a wide range of styles. Buy three styles and save 25% on your order.

Available in a variety of patterns and in sizes XS-4XL

Menstrual Cups

Target

Diva Cup

This menstrual cup can be used for up to a year, saving you a lot on period products. It's made with 100% medical-grade silicone and has no added chemicals, latex, dyes, or plastics.

Cora Cup

Cora Menstrual Cup

The Cora Cup can be used for up to 12 hours and has an easy-to-insert design, making it a good option for first timers.

Reusable Pads

Knix

3-Pack Reusable Maxi Pads

This pack of three overnight pads can each absorb as much as 20 tampons!

Plus, for each three-pack purchased, one pair will be donated to BWHI's Positive Period Campaign to help alleviate period poverty.

Period Aisle

Reusable Maxi Pad

According to the Period Aisle site, each pad replaces 236 disposable pads. Choose from the mini, maxi, or super pads.

LastPad

Reusable Mentruation Pad

The Kickstarter for these three-layer pads is still in progress, but you can contribute and get a kit in three sizes including pantyliner, day pad, and overnight pad, and they can be washed with your laundry.

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