The average person who gets their period will have it for 38 years of their life. It’s bound to happen, and it’s a good, healthy process!
When I was using tampons, I was going through about one box of tampons a month (that’s about 20 tampons a month, and about $7 a month). Thats a lot of plastic tampon applicators, and if you use pads, a lot of pads – and a lot of money being spent. This article by Huffington Post’s author Jessica Kane, breaks down the cost of periods throughout a women’s life – it’s a lot. Over $18,000.
Sadly, a lot of our garbage ends up in the oceans and other waterways as pollution – plastic never fully degrades either, so it’s around for good. So what can we do about this plastic pollution and periods?
I was introduced to menstrual cups several years ago, and have been using the Diva Cup for 3 years now. The Diva Cup costs about $40, but you can use it for years – I’ve had the same one the whole time I’ve used one. You boil it to clean it before you use it, and I change mine twice a day (when I wake up and before I go to sleep) – much better than changing a tampon five or more times a day. My favourite thing about it though, is that there is no garbage! It does take a while to get used to, but once you do it’s totally worth it. Also, I’ve learned a lot more about my cycle than when I was using tampons – you can actually see the amount of blood you shed throughout your period – it was a lot less than I thought it was. I have now made the switch to the Organi Cup, and am very pleased to announce that we will be carrying them!
There are other options as well for sustainable, waste free periods, see the article about THINX I wrote for Our Positive Planet. There are also reusable pads that I have heard great things about – we will also be carrying Oko reusable pads!
Currently, menstrual cups are all I need to have waste free periods, and I highly recommend it. I have learned so much about my period and body using the cup for over three years.