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Plastic-Free Periods Made Easy

Here at Health & Wellbeing we’re always on the lookout for alternative ways to reduce our plastic use and do our bit for the environment. Thanks to programmes like Our Planet there’s no hiding from the impact we’re having, and thankfully more of us are taking positive steps forward. But what if we told you that you could even make the, frankly pretty rubbish, time of the month into another opportunity to do some good?

Here’s a quick eco audit for you: if one sanitary towel uses as much as four carrier bags-worth of plastic, how much non-degradable waste are you generating with each monthly cycle? The key to success is, as so often in life, prep. Stocking totes, gym bags and desk drawers with reusable protection – that’s washable pads, menstrual cups and even period pants – will give you a warm glow. It’s wallet-friendly too; pressure group City To Sea reckons ditching disposables could save 94% of your period budget – good news like that may even take the edge off painful cramps, right?

The emotional rollercoaster our seesawing oestrogen and progesterone takes us on each month gives a 24-carat excuse to indulge in some guilty pleasures. Although it’s easy to blame our hormones for the trail of plastic caused by impulse eats, it’s also something we need to consider when tackling our plastic use.

Thanks to some of our favourite brands, they’re helping to make our periods plastic-free the easy way!

  • Plastic-Free Periods Made EasyMenstrual cups
    Bloody Heaven Menstrual cup, £12.99, bloodyheaven.co.uk

  • Plastic-Free Periods Made EasyNatural sanitary towels
    Natracare sanitary products and organic tampons, £2.49, find a local stockist here.

  • Plastic-Free Periods Made EasyOrganic Tampons
    Grace & Green organic cotton tampons, regular, £4.29 for 18.
    graceandgreen.co
    Receive a discount by signing up to one of their regular online subscriptions and receive them conveniently through your door on a monthly (5 percent discount) or quarterly (10 percent discount) basis.

Are you starting to think about the menopause? Check out these tips to take on your next chapter as informed as possible.

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