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While we firmly believe periods are magical, we have to admit they are sometimes a bit cumbersome. Considering the average woman will use approximately 9600 feminine hygiene products in her lifetime, it is safe to say periods are also somewhat of a financial burden. (Did you know that organic sanitary products are far better for your health as they drastically reduce the potential cause of many cancers and reproductive health issues — but they also go for 3–4x times the price?!)
To avoid this problem, thousands of women have opted for the menstrual cup: a soft silicone or latex cup that is easily inserted and designed to “catch” rather than absorb your flow. Menstrual cups remain in place for up to 12 hours, drastically reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), and are known to reduce the chances of vaginal infections.
In the long run, they are highly cost-effective — a one-time purchase can last you up to 12 months. But what also makes them even more amazing is that they drastically reduce your plastic imprint.
Zero-waste alternatives such as menstrual cups produce only about 0.4% of the plastic waste that single-use pads and tampons normally create over a 10-year span. This is a huge step in the enviro-friendly direction, as feminine hygiene products are made from plastic and micro-chemicals that will persist in the environment for over 500 years.
Menstrual cups are the best alternatives to cotton tampons, which are usually saturated in pesticides and insecticides from the fields. They are also the ideal substitute to sanitary pads, which contain polyethylene plastic (an environmentally harmful pollutant) in the adhesive that’s used to make the pad stick to your underwear.
Not to mention the production of cotton tampons is a very water-intensive process, as cotton is considered one of the world's dirtiest crop requiring six pints of water to grow just the little bud used in the making of a single tampon.
So of course, we love cups for their health benefits and their practicality — but saving the world and managing our flow at the same time? Now we’re talking.
Explore our selection of organic feminine hygiene products right below: