We won’t take it personally that the subject of period products isn’t a top priority talking point when you meet up with your friends, but with plastic clogging up landfill and our oceans as well as growing concerns about what really goes into our menstrual products, it’s a topic that deserves your attention (and your action).
Ready? Let’s survey the facts.
Plastic not so fantastic
Did you know you’ll use around 11,000 sanitary products in your menstruating lifetime? In the UK alone that’s 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and they all contain plastic. Pads are the period product favoured by most women globally and can contain as much as 90% plastic. That’s four supermarket bags worth of plastic. FOUR. SUPERMARKET. BAGS. *shudder* One thousand years later, they might have got round to decomposing.
Which brings us nicely on to…
What’s actually in your period products and are there alternatives?
Most traditional pads contain rayon, styrene and chloromethane chemicals that you really don’t want anywhere near your delicate lady bits. But, what, if any, are the alternatives for anyone who is keen to move away from conventional forms of femcare? You’ll be pleased to learn that there are now lots of options to choose from. Menstrual cups, reusable pads, period pants, and, of course, biodegradables are all more than capable of doing the same job as traditional pads and tampons with the added environmental feel good factor.
If you haven’t heard of bettypads, now’s a very good time to get acquainted. bettypads are an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional pads or other reusables. Made with a 100% unbleached organic cotton core and layered with a silky-soft bamboo top sheet, they’re super-absorbent and comfortable, too. What’s more, they’re fully biodegradable (including the cornfibre wrapper), which means they’ll decompose naturally in six months and won’t cause harm to the environment. Last but not least, bettypads have been made to fit growing bodies for superior comfort and protection. They come in sizes 1-4 so you can easily find your perfect fit. You’re welcome.
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