Plastic-free periods with reusable sanitary pads.
Bin the plastic for good with reusable sanitary pads.
As we finish plastic-free July and look at the switches people have made, we would love to know how many made the switch to reusable sanitary pads?
Do you know anyone who did, or did you take the fluffy leap over to waste-free periods yourself? It’s certainly a hot topic at the moment and we’d love to hear from you.
It’s hard to miss the footage of the plastic floating in the oceans, the fatbergs caused by a build-up of wipes in our water systems and the injuries caused to animals by today's throwaway mentality. But, with campaigns like plastic-free July, raising awareness and encouraging people to make small changes with a big impact, attitudes towards the consumption of single-use plastics are certainly changing. Used once and forever in a landfill simply isn’t acceptable anymore.
Did you know that single-use plastic items frequently do not make it to a landfill or a recycling plant either? In fact, EarthDay reports that 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually flows into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one bin lorry of plastic into the ocean every minute. It is expected to increase to two lorry’s worth per minute by 2030 and four per minute, all adding up to that awful prediction by David Attenborough that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050! We do have the ability to reverse this trend though by choosing to buy products with less packaging or no packaging altogether, every small step will have a big impact.
One small step is to make the switch to reusable sanitary pads, making it possible to have a waste-free period. It's not just waste you will save either; you can save up to £2000 compared to the cost of using throwaway sanitary products over your lifetime? Each time you use your reusable pad it will cost you 3p, compared to 12p for disposable pads and tampons, this is quite a substantial saving when you add it all up over 40 years of periods.
For what you would spend on a year's worth of disposable sanitary products, you can have a whole kit of reusable sanitary pads that will last you 10 years. No more monthly spending on pads! Woo hoo! (for those of you who like a tipple that adds up to a bottle of wine a month). No more running out either, just wash and reuse ready for next month.
Making the switch to reusable sanitary pads doesn't need to break the bank either; you can buy a few at a time, or keep an eye out for clearance sales. It’s definitely worth the investment to be safe in the knowledge you are having a waste-free period, sitting pretty and comfortably in soft lovely bamboo protection too. Less waste, less hassle, less guilt. Have a beautiful period!