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Period Sustainability: The Need for Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Kira Lomas sheds light on the environmental impact of disposable menstrual products.

A fleet of tampons rest against a baby blue background

Photo by Ava Sol

With the threat of single-use plastic pervading society, more pressure is being placed on people to reconsider and alter their habits of consumption, including the products women use to control their periods.

Research and studies have highlighted that the disposability, synthetic properties and harmful chemicals involved in traditional menstrual items pose significant environmental damage to our landfills and oceans – an issue that is forcing consumers to adopt sustainable alternatives.

With this resurgence of eco-friendly period products, women are now following sustainable, menstrual trends using organic pads/tampons, period underwear, reusable pads and menstrual cups as innovative sources to fight period pollution.

However, in today’s climate of economic instability, not everyone has the choice or means to have a sustainable period, with a global figure of 1.2 billion women experiencing deprivation in terms of access to basic sanitation and hygiene. In this case, sustainability is not necessarily at the forefront of everyone’s concerns; comfort, affordability and access to menstrual care demand more attention in many women’s lives.