Now I'm gonna start off by stating I am a guy and by no means am I a professional on this subject. However I have been living with my girlfriend long enough to have learnt a thing or two. Firstly I have found that period products are incredibly pricey, when I was shopping the other day I saw two ibuprofen packages both only containing 'ibuprofen lysine' (which is basically stronger ibuprofen) one of these packages was for migraines and the other for period cramps, same medication, same dosage, same strength, the only difference was the packaging and the period cramps box costed more! Unbelievable...
Now some companies at the moment are attempting to lower these prices to make them more accessible which is great but quickly leads me to my next observation. So far I've noticed that most these sanitary products aren't biodegradable, reusable or recyclable and come completely wrapped and covered in plastic. In the UK 2 billion period products are flushed down the toilet each year, 75% of blocked drains are caused by sanitary products. It costs £14 billion every year just to remove these sanitary products from blocked drains. After most sanitary products have been flushed if they haven't blocked a drain they end up in the sewers and if the sewers fail then it's into the ocean... if they were biodegradable being in the oceans would be a lesser issue but because sanitary products themselves are full of plastic they don't go away, they don't disappear, they float there and infect the oceans' life.
Sanitary products weren't always full of plastic they first started out completely biodegradable and eco friendly for example in 1933 tampons were made out of cotton with a cotton string and a cardboard applicator but in the interest of 'improving' them and their quality tampons now come wrapped in plastic, encased in a plastic applicator, with plastic strings, with many even including a thin layer of plastic in the absorbent part. Does that sound like a lot of plastic to you? Well compared to tampons sanitary pads nowadays have even more plastic from a leak proof base, to synthetics that soak up fluids to, of course, the packaging!
Yes I do understand that the incorporation of plastic into sanitary products (not the packaging...) has improved user experience over the years and yes that is something we should strive for, it's already a pretty rubbish experience to start off with, but if you think that each tampon or sanitary pad you use just once will end up in a landfill or the ocean for at least 500 years, does it seem worth it? Technology today allows manufacturers to make sanitary products that are biodegradable or even reusable and these are just as comfortable (or uncomfortable, even) as the plastic ridden options.
The first option is reusable and I'm sure most people have heard about it, it's a menstrual cup or the moon cup if you prefer. It is made out of silicone so it still takes about 500 years to decompose but because it's reusable you only need to one and that makes it a much greener option to typical sanitary products and it's perfect for those who may struggle to afford to purchase sanitary products regularly. This option is great and if it sounds like the right thing for you please go and have a look but if you want to find an even greener alternative that you may not have heard of then look for biodegradable sanitary products. Yes they are real, yes they work and yes they're good quality.
Yourdaye is a great company who make fully biodegradable tampons out of 100% organic cotton, they are even compostable so if you fancy home composting your tampons then you're in the right place. Their tampons also contain CBD, this is a second most common chemical in marijuana (not the one that gets you high - that's THC) CBD is the chemical which contains all the healing effects, anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties associated with marijuana. This is especially useful when applied directly to the source of period cramps for the obvious reasons stated above and that is achieved by merely inserting the tampon as usual. The tampons are obviously sanitised for your safety and even come in completely biodegradable wrapping and packaging, they are 100% green and eco friendly and I insist you check out their website today.
Below is a direct link to the tampon page on their website;