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How to Make Your Period “Greener”

By Stephanie Osmanski

The statistics speak for themselves: Men litter more and recycle less than women. But with so much of the zero-waste movement being led by women (yes, women are more likely to be eco-conscious, according to the Journal of Consumer Research), you may think that sustainable options for periods might be more prevalent.

Instead, sustainable period products are something that’s making a slow creep into mainstream society. We’re not there yet but we’re certainly making strides. Here’s another interesting fact: 90 percent of a traditional period pad is made of plastic. Combine that with the fact that menstruation product companies aren’t responsible for disclosing the chemicals and ingredients used in their products (products we put on or inside our bodies), and it begs the question: What is the true goal of the period product industry?

Aside from period products not always being safe or healthy, options like pads and tampons are largely single-use. Did you know 20 billion used menstrual products per year end up in landfills in North America? Taking steps toward a “greener” period is a no-brainer on so many levels; not only will you limit your contributions to the landfill, but you’ll also steer clear of unsafe chemicals and ingredients and save a ton of money in the process.