Plastic-Free Tampons & Sanitary Pads
Plastfree organic cotton towels and liners
These plastic-free tampons & sanitary pads offer more eco-friendly, healthy and comfortable alternatives to the major brands, most of which are made with lost of plastic which is uncomfortable in hot weather, the brands are also packed in plastic (and some brands of tampons are tested on animals).
Although you can use menstrual cups, washable sanitary pads or washable period underwear, many women prefer to use disposables. And so choosing these brands helps to reduce the plastic mountain. Free from chlorine bleach, these items biodegrade on landfill.
All tampons have risk of toxic shock syndrome, so change every few hours. Do not use tampons within 6 weeks of giving birth. Talk to your GP. Although plastic-free, don’t flush these items down the loo, as they will block up the drains. Just bin as usual.
Grace & Green offers a range of plastic-free sanitary pads made from organic cotton. Sold in packs of 10 with wings, they are lightweight and breathable, yet absorbent to cope with leaks, and biodegrade at the same rate as an orange peel. They have a plant-based waterproof backing for leak protection, and an ultra-soft organic cotton topcoat and core, with edge-to-edge natural adhesive to stay in place. In Day or Night absorbencies. Profits also help to support and tackle period poverty worldwide.
Luxstore offers organic cotton pads, and also sells washable period underwear.
&Sisters was founded by a mother and daughter, and offers organic cotton tampons and pads with wings, along with a Nudie menstrual cup. 10% of profits go to helping women’s health, education and economic empowerment across the world. Nearly 25% of girls drop out of school in some countries, simply because they can’t afford menstrual care products. And many more miss lessons during cycles.