Zero-waste period kit
Pictured is my zero-waste period kit. No single-use plastic in sight!
I have 4 reusable menstrual pads made with eco-friendly materials. The two liners on the right are made with bamboo from Red Bow Rabbit, the two larger pads on the left are made with hemp from Dulcet Handmade. The wet bag for transportation comes from Gypsy Heart Store.
My waste-minimising tip is to request minimal packaging when ordering, so they just arrive in a cardboard postage bag that goes straight into recycling. The ones I’ve ordered specially-made online have actually arrived in less packaging than those I have seen on store shelves that were heavily plastic-wrapped.
My main period product is my Lunette menstrual cup purchased from The Green Edge, Brisbane. Menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicon which you insert completely to catch the blood for total comfort and invisibility. Perfect for travel and keeping supplies discreetly in your purse because they come in these cute fabric drawstring bags. Read my overview of menstrual cups and why I’ve converted twelve friends and counting to their use here: Menstrual Cups.
If cared for correctly, all the above products can last around 5 years and eliminate your monthly generation of trash. Reusable pads are easily rinsed after a heavy flow or just thrown straight into the washing machine. They can be dried in the dryer without heat, or hung out to dry. (In sunshine is preferred for nature’s magical anti-bacterial abilities.) Menstrual cups are extremely hygienic and easily washed in a hot shower, but to avoid discolouration over time it’s recommended to boil them on the stove once a month.
The reason we use tampons and disposable pads is not for hygiene. Have you seen those things? They’re gross. Handling them, wrapping them up in paper and leaving for somebody else to handle and then to rot for a thousand years on a rubbish pile? That’s gross. The reason we use these synthetic, chemical-laden disposable products is we’ve been sold the idea of “convenience.” The more we consume, the more resources we pull out of the ground, the more somebody else makes. And by telling us using their products is the most convenient and hygienic way to handle your period no matter the downsides, some fatcat is sitting up in their mansion diving into pools of $100 notes Scrooge McDuck style.
Making the switch to reusable products benefits us in a multitude of ways. Reusable products are more sanitary (easily washed, no waste), they’re healthier (no toxic chemicals), they’re cheaper (each products last several years instead of only a few hours), and they use less resources.
If you’re looking to cutback on your waste generation, switching to these cute and affordable products is a no-brainer. High five for responsible consumerism!