6 products to make your period more environmentally-friendly


6 products to make your period more environmentally-friendly

Tampons, pads, liners, wipes, cups — we've found them all

By Shweta Gandhi  September 26th, 2017

Did you know 90% of sanitary pads are made out of plastic? This same plastic — which is bleached with chlorine — is the reason you get rashes, allergies and general irritation when you’re on your period. To add to that, given the fact that plastic is not biodegradable, it only accumulates to waste that millions of women and adolescent girls contribute to. Feeling guilty? Us too.

Luckily for us, there’s a smarter, and environmentally-friendly option being offered in the market right now. Sanitary pads made out of bamboo fibre, reusable menstrual cups, organic cotton tampons and wipes are some alternatives available for the eco-conscious woman of today. If you’re a creature of habit, you might find it difficult to switch to, say, a menstrual cup. But if you realise how effective it is once you’ve got the hang of it — you can even wear it while swimming or doing water sports — you won’t think twice. Here is our list of organic menstrual products.

6 eco-friendly menstrual products and where to find them:

Saathi

These pads from Saathi are made out of banana fibre and are 100% biodegradable — they only take six months to degrade. Women with sensitive skin can use them too.

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Natracare

Natracare uses 100% organic cotton and ecologically-certified cellulose pulp for its products which are biodegradable and compostable. These wipes use an organic cotton cloth dipped in essential oils, and its range also includes pads, liners and tampons. 

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Organyc

Organyc's tampons and pads are made of 100% biodegradable and compostable organic cotton that is bleached without chlorine. Its neutral pH level makes it suitable for sensitive skin.

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Vivanion

Vivanion's organic sanitary napkin is embedded with an anion strip (negatively charged ions that the brand claims can neutralize odour) and medicinal herbs that have anti-bacterial properties.

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SheCup

The biggest benefit of a menstrual cup is that it's reusable for as long as 15 years. Made of silicone or latex rubber, the flexible cup is inserted into the vaginal canal, where it creates a repository to collect the blood. If inserted correctly, it prevents leakage and is comfortable to use even when you're swimming. According to gynaecologist Dr Dr Ratnaprabha Rajguru, "It's a hygienic method provided you take good care of your cup and keep it clean. Besides being eco-friendly, it also saves you the recurring expenses on sanitary napkins."

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Heyday

Heyday's organic and biodegradable sanitary napkins are made from plant-based fibres of corn and bamboo that claim to be three times more absorbent than cotton. Their pads are also free of bleach, perfume and latex, and take less than 6 months to decompose.

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Carmesi

Carmesi's sanitary pads & panty liners are completely biodegradable and incredibly soft and thin, that makes them extremely comfortable for use. The corn starch eliminates the risk of skin issues like itching or harsh rashes, while the bamboo fibre provides complete leakage protection. It's a brand that’s also focused actively to educate customers about their health and hygiene.

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