Did you know that every second, 1447 disposable menstrual pads are used worldwide? That's about 20 billion menstrual products that end up in landfills every year. These disposable tampons and pads, containing microplastics, end up in water tables, rivers and seas and take between 500 and 800 years to break down. Let's change our habits and switch to reusable menstrual products, both good for the environment and our health.
Let's discover together sustainable and reusable alternatives, and find the one that suits your needs the most: there is something for everyone !
The menstrual cup: a durable and practical solution!
The menstrual cup is your flexible funnel-shaped ally in the vagina! It is made of silicone, latex or rubber and allows you to collect your menstrual discharge. You can wear it for 8 to 12 hours before emptying, rinsing and reinserting it. Available in different sizes to fit your flow intensity, the menstrual cup offers many environmental and health benefits:
By choosing a menstrual cup, you actively contribute to the reduction of menstrual waste. Unlike single-use products, a menstrual cup :
- Accompanies you for 5 to 10 years
- Does not contain environmentally harmful microplastics
- Allows you to take care of yourself while preserving the planet
Health side :
In addition to its ecological benefits, the menstrual cup also offers advantages for your vaginal health. Unlike tampons, it does not dry out the mucous membrane and does not disturb the natural balance of your body. Moreover, thanks to its design, the blood does not oxidize and does not create unpleasant odors.
Say goodbye to embarrassing odors, and be comfortable all day long.
Points to consider :
Of course, the menstrual cup has some drawbacks. Using it requires familiarity with your body (see illustrations below) and comfort with blood contact. Inserting the cup involves the use of your fingers, which may take some getting used to. In addition, it is essential to maintain a cleaning and sterilization routine for your cup by washing it regularly with soap and water, and sterilizing it at the end of each cycle.
It can be sterilized in 3 simple ways :
- Soak it in boiling water for about 5 minutes
- Use "sterilization boxes" that can be put in the microwave for a few minutes
- Wash it with special soap - odorless and ph balanced
For cleaning, simply clean it with soap and water.
How to properly wear a menstrual cup? Here are a few steps:
Step 1 : It is important to wash your hands with soap. Make yourself comfortable by sitting, lying down or standing as you prefer! It is possible to put one leg on the toilet bowl or on the counter of the sink in order to see better and be more comfortable.
Step 2 : To insert the cup, gently spread the vaginal lips, and find the opening of the vagina. Fold the cup lengthwise and insert it into the vagina.
Step 3 : Rotate the cup a few times until you are comfortable and feel it in place. Once you are comfortable, you can release it.
Step 4: To remove it, it's a bit the same principle as for a tampon, just pinch the small end of the funnel and pull.
At step 2, there are several techniques for folding the cup before inserting it, it depends on the person, you choose which one you feel most comfortable with!
Menstrual panties: comfort and style combined!
A panty with an absorbent protective layer capable of collecting your menstrual flow? Discover the menstrual panties.
From tanga to boxer shorts, through thongs and classic panties, find the design, colors and patterns that fit your style.
On the practical side: you can wear them for 8 to 12 hours, depending on the intensity of your flow, and to make washing easier, use cold water.
Planet side :
Menstrual panties help to reduce waste considerably, unlike disposable pads which are used only once, require a significant amount of natural resources, and often pesticides and environmentally harmful products.
Health side :
Synthetic materials and chemicals found in pads often cause irritation, allergic reactions, and disturb the balance of the vaginal flora.
In contrast, menstrual panties do not contain any of these products, which makes them safer and healthier for the body, but also softer and more breathable, which reduces the risk of irritation and itching.
In addition, using menstrual pants also avoids the risks associated with prolonged use of tampons, such as toxic shock syndrome. Menstrual pants offer a leakage-free alternative and allow for better management of menstrual flow without compromising health.
By choosing organic cotton menstrual pants, we promote a more environmentally friendly production, reducing soil and water pollution!
Bonus: You'll even forget that you have your period!
The reusable tampon applicator: the ecological way to responsible hygiene!
The reusable tampon applicator is an innovative solution that embodies the commitment to environmentally friendly hygiene.
No need to buy tampons with disposable applicators! Single-use tampons have an average use of 20 seconds before being discarded and then taking hundreds of years to decompose. The reusable applicator eliminates the need to purchase mass quantities of disposable applicator pads, as it is used only with digital pads. This offers many benefits:
By choosing a reusable applicator made from durable medical grade materials, you reduce your plastic footprint and waste.
It is also a hygienic and healthy alternative for your health because of its non-chemical materials, avoiding any risk of infection.
It also offers a long term economical solution, avoiding the need to buy more expensive tampons with applicators.
Sustainable, healthy and design, its use is good for you, for the planet and for your wallet.
In short! As you can see, it's time to replace our disposable menstrual products with reusable ones and to understand the many benefits that come with this transition.
Environment, health, convenience, savings, by adopting reusable menstrual products, we are choosing a path that promotes a healthy and sustainable future, both for ourselves and for future generations!
For those who are not yet ready to take the step to reusable products, don't panic, there are solutions for everyone! It is still possible to reduce your waste production and your carbon footprint by using single-use menstrual products made of 100% organic cotton, such as menstrual pads, pantiliners, or Iris + Arlo tampons!
We offer solutions that are healthy for you and the planet, and that fit everyone!
So now, what are you waiting for ? ;)