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Waste-free & sustainable period

Jun 20, 2023Manuela Frei

Menstrual cups, reusable pads, etc. can seem a bit strange at first. But after a short period of getting used to it and using it correctly, they are a great asset. Not only do they save money in the long run, they are also better for you and the environment.

Many commercially available panty liners and tampons contain plastic or even chemicals that actually have no place in or on the body.

On average, you use 9,000 tampons in your life. This corresponds to around 90kg of raw material. If you line up these 9,000 tampons together, the route will be approx. 414m long 🤯

So a LOT of cotton etc. is necessary. This need not be. With reusable products, you only need a fraction of this raw material.

In this article I would like to show you alternatives and perhaps allay some of your fears. Because periods are something natural; it should not be taboo.

So let's get started:

menstrual cup

Period cup with flowers, the sage, zero waste, period, menstrual cup, Switzerland

If you've used tampons before, this will probably be your new favorite. A menstrual cup is a small silicone cup that is used like a tampon. Because it contains no chemicals, it can stay in the body for up to 12 hours.

Like a tampon, you don't feel or see them in everyday life and you can do sports or go to the pool without any problems.

It is advisable to take some time for the very first application. You can find an explanation video HERE.

To get used to them, you can use them with panty liners or period panties and once you feel confident, leave them out.

The first time you empty your menstrual cup, we recommend doing so in the shower.

If the cup is full, you can simply empty it into the toilet. Before you put them back in, simply wash them with gentle soap.

The cup, as already mentioned, can stay in the body for up to 12 hours. The vacuum makes it leak-proof and absorbs much more blood, like a tampon. Most people will only need to empty the cup in the morning and evening, so there is no need to empty it on the go, at work or at school.

Because the cup does not let blood through, it is also completely hygienic and odor-free. The cup is also invisible, no threads or anything like that that could be spotted.

When your period is over, you can wash the cup as usual and then boil it for 3-5 minutes so that it is sterile for the next use. If you don't have the opportunity to cook them in the kitchen, there are also special small cookers. Just google it :)

Our menstrual cups are from All Matters: They are made of medical silicone and are available in 3 sizes.

Reusable menstrual pads

Cloth bandages

To put it simply, these are washable panty liners. You use them in exactly the same way as standard panty liners. They are attached to your briefs with a button.

The menstrual pads do not require any getting used to.

Taynie 's washable pads have a PUL layer and are impermeable to liquids.

They do not contain any chemicals or additives. This is not only healthier, but also counteracts the formation of odors. Period blood from a healthy person does not naturally smell.

After use, the pads can simply be taken home in a stasher bag or wetbag ; then wash them with cold water (if you don't wash them immediately). You can then wash them directly in the washing machine.

The great thing about cotton pads: you can even sew some yourself! :)

Period panties

Taynie, period panties, vegan

Period panties are actually a fusion between panties and reusable menstrual pads. They are ideal as a back-up; you can't tell that they are period panties and they are very comfortable. Period panties are available in many styles and colors.

Our briefs are from Taynie (available from us in many designs and sizes) . They do not contain any silver ions or biocides. Thanks to the thin TPU or PUL layer (without plasticizers), they are leak-proof.

Period panties are also suitable for people who practice “free bleeding”.

You can wear the briefs for a maximum of 10-12 hours, then you should change them. As with the cotton pads, it is best to wash them briefly in cold water and then machine wash them with the rest of your laundry.

washable tampons

fabric tampon, washable

As an alternative to period cups, there are also washable tampons. They are very similar to disposable products in terms of handling and size. That's why they're ideal for people who can't handle the menstrual cup or don't want to or can't use it for a variety of reasons.

Our washable Taynie tampons are made from 100% organic cotton and are available in 3 absorbency levels.

Sponge

There are also sponges. When it comes to sponges, they are either made of natural sponge (not vegan, the sponge is actually an animal) or plastic. That's why you won't find them in the shop.

Even though we don't have these two products in our range, we still think it's important to mention them.

Final word

We hope we were able to show you some alternatives and arouse your enthusiasm for reusable period products. Because these products are clearly ahead of the disposable products: they are cheaper, more sustainable and healthier. Here too, it is important to rely on good manufacturers and avoid cheap products and imitations.

You can find all of our menstrual hygiene products HERE .

Do you have any questions or additions? We would be happy to complement and expand our knowledge :)

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