Sustainable Period

ATN - Sustainable Period

This post is dedicated to all the women out there. Every month we have our period and there are many ways to deal with it.

When I was young I used to use feminine pads during my first year. Sometime later, on a hot summer day at the beach, I was dying to go for a dip and enjoy the sea and the sun but I was with my period and due to the products I was using at the time, that was not an option for me. Luckily, a cousin of mine was there and she offered me a tampon. Whoever uses or tried to use one of these knows that the first time you do this is like a whole experience itself. This saved the day and changed my way of “dealing” with my period.

It was 2014 and I was starting to feel very disconnected from my period and the products I used. I started to investigate what other alternatives I had. I had learned about feminine cloth pads that you needed to fill with cotton, but I was not convinced. Another friend mentioned the cup. This caught my attention.

I studied a little bit about how to use it, where it comes from, materials, etcetera; and bought one. It was mind-blowing! This changed my way of living my period upside-down.

I stopped using tampons and feminine pads. It took me a few months to get used and find the hang of the cup, but you learn it. I would use only the small pads at the beginning and only for the first day or two. With time I was able to avoid them 100% and only use my cup.

Since then, I have learned and been connected with my body and period more than ever. I learned to read the signs of when I am about to have my period, feel what makes me feel better or worse, and more.

Two years back I bought my first cotton cloth pad, just for those days where I don’t even feel like using the cup (this happens and it is totally normal). And haven’t bought a single tampon or feminine pad, making my period completely waste-free!

How is it completely waste-free? Well, when it’s time to change my cup (which only happens every 5 years) depending on the brand you can disinfect and recycle if it’s made of TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers) or you can burn them turning it to ashes for your compost; please ensure to use woodfire and preferable a bonfire in an open place. If you live in an apartment in the city like myself, you can cut the cup into tiny pieces and mix it with the potting mix for your home-plants and they will act like pebbles oxygenating your plant’s soil.

There are many brands and other options nowadays. Some options you can try and see how you feel are:

- Cotton Cloth Pads
- Menstrual Cup
- Free Bleeding
- Period Panties
- Organic Tampons and Feminine Pads (this I haven’t tried, don’t know how “zero-waste” it actually is)

I hope you try them ou and switch to a more sustainable period. Acquiring sustainable products, not only helps us reduce the waste we might generate, but also helps to avoid deforestation and other industrial actions that happen during the “making-off” the product. Assure to read and inform yourself about the products you consume and their sources. Ask yourself: Where does this come from? What am I consuming?

Remember to think about the trace you leave on the planet and start trying something new and better for you and the world.

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