The average woman will use around 10, 000 disposable menstrual products in a lifetime, according to choice.com. These products not only cost up to $5000, but also take up to 800 years to biodegrade.
When put like that it seems kind of crazy that we don’t all use sustainable period products, right?
Here are three Australian companies who make reusable and environmentally friendly products so that we are not only spending less cash in the long run, but are also reducing our ecological footprint.
Modibodi is an Australian company making underwear with built in absorbency powers, providing a reusable alternative that’s as simple as putting on your undies in the morning.
Modibodi offers products designed for light to heavy absorbency levels, so their underwear can work either as a complete replacement for pads and tampons if you have a light flow, or can be worn for extra peace of mind alongside other products if you’re one of the unlucky ones who experiences more of a Niagara Falls situation at that time of the month.
The styles of underwear also range from regular bikini, to seam-free, curvy/plus-size, active, maternity and even sensual.
So, if you’re sick of whipping out those gross, tatty underwear every time your menstrual cycle comes to play, Modibodi has you covered.
JuJu: Menstrual Cups and Reusable Cloth PadsJuJu’s products are all vegan, free from harmful chemicals, and hypoallergenic – there’s really nothing going against their favour when it comes to ethical, safe production.
A JuJu cup will set you back around $55, and can last up to 10 years if cared for properly, and the cloth pads are $9.80 each, and will also last many years when looked after.
JuJu cups come in four different models, depending on your age, whether or not you’ve given birth, and whether you have a high or low cervix (don’t worry they explain how to figure out this last one!)
A regular pad or tampon holds 5mls of blood, but JuJu’s menstrual cups hold 16mLs, meaning that most women can go an entire day before having to change the cup, which is pretty sweet.
If the idea of reusable period products freaks you out a bit too much, Tsuno is an Australian company that makes disposable pads and tampons from sustainable bamboo and organic cotton.
The best thing about Tsuno is that 50% of the money you spend on their products goes to female empowering charities such as One Girl, which provides young girls in developing countries with sanitary products so that they can attend school while they have their period.
Tsuno’s products start at $6.80 a box for pads and $7.20 for tampons, so considering that half of this money goes to women in need, that’s a small amount of money for a big boost to your good karma.
Ultimately, periods suck. But, while we can’t change the fact that we’ve have to deal with them, we can change the products that we use to make sure that our menstrual footprints are more eco-friendly, more cost-effective and more empowering for women across the globe.
Stay tuned – we are road testing them all right now. Reviews to follow.
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