Half of the world’s population has menstruation, which requires special care. Although necessary, disposable period products have a significant environmental impact. On average, a woman has menstruation for 38 years, which accounts for around 300 pounds of waste in landfills.
The majority of disposable menstrual care products contain toxic elements such as bleach and phthalate. That raises the risk of skin irritations, allergies, more painful periods, and other conditions linked to chemicals found in menstrual products.
I believe that women deserve more than just protection from leaks, they also need products that are safe for the body and don’t overwhelm our environment. I chose to use the word sustainable in terms of organic and eco-friendly goods and products that are safe to use in the long run and can help you have more comfortable and healthy periods.
How can you make your period more sustainable and eco-friendly?
Switching to reusable period products
There has been hype about reusable menstrual products for several years now. Products that are safe for the body show better results in absorbing blood and have a little effect on the environment. The three main ones I want to discuss are period underwear, menstrual cups, and reusable pads.
Period panties can be a convenient way to avoid leaks during your heaviest period days. Although some of them are promoted as full protection, many women don’t like the feeling of wetness and bulkiness, not to mention synthetic fabrics that can be harsh on the skin. I used to be one of those women, so I decided to create backup period panties. Genial menstrual underwear is made from natural and breathable fabrics to ease discomfort during your period.
They are a great alternative to disposable pads and panty liners, as well as additional protection together with a tampon or a menstrual cup. You can read more about Genial period underwear here.
A period cup is the most popular reusable alternative. It’s safe to use, collects a lot of blood, and has excellent protection against leaks. Of course, it takes time to get used to the procedure of putting the cup in and taking it out. Some people don’t like to see their blood or get a bit dirty, so the cup might not be the best option for everyone.
However, one cup can last up to 10 years with proper care, meaning you save tons of money on period products. A menstrual cup is also safe to be worn during sports, in the water and sleeping. You can read more about the reasons to switch to a menstrual cup here.
Reusable pads suit those who prefer traditional pads but don’t like synthetic materials and creating plastic waste. Reusable pads are usually made from natural materials such as cotton, which is skin and eco-friendly. However, not everyone likes washing blood each time they need to change a pad, which can also make you rethink this method.
Switching to organic and biodegradable materials
I understand that reusable period care solutions aren’t for everybody, but you can still contribute to a cleaner environment and healthier menstrual care by switching to natural and organic materials. Organic and biodegradable period products are softer on your skin and better for your body than plastic pads or bleached tampons because they prevent rashes, skin irritations, and toxic shock syndrome.
Women have been using natural materials for period care for centuries. Now, not only do organic products lessen the environmental impact, but they are also safe and hygienic. You can still use your favorite disposable period protection method and still feel confident that you’re contributing to the better good of the environment and your body.
Switching to skin-friendly and hypoallergenic period products
Some of Genial Day customers have shared their experience with other period care brands. They admitted that it took time to find the best products for their skin type. Not only that, but also many women suffer from intenser menstrual symptoms such as abdominal pain, heavier bleeding because of the products they use.
Genial Day pads and panty liners are made from skin-friendly and hypoallergenic materials to reduce skin irritations and discomfort during your menstruation. Our special anion strip protects against rashes and odor, as well as it produces a warm sensation that can help reduce pain and muscle tension.
Genial Day pads and panty liners have skin-friendly pH, are toxin-free, fragrance-free, non-chlorine bleached. And best of all, they produce exceptional absorption, you can see it for yourself here.
First of all, sustainable menstrual products mean to care for your body and health. It might take time for you to find the perfect fit, but it’s worth trying. Environmental impact matters and you should know the options out there for your period. Visit Genial Day online store to find the best sustainable period care products designed for period wellness.