The Lowdown on Reusable Period Products

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In recent years, reusable alternatives to common feminine products have emerged on the market and are becoming favorites among the Gen-Yers who are highly committed to supporting ethical business practices and sustainability. Every year, approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are thrown away, many of which end up in rivers and oceans. The materials used to make them, including styrene (a carcinogen), chloroethane, chloroform, and cotton infused with pesticides, are not the best for the environment or the human body. To make matters worse, the FDA does not require manufacturers of feminine products to disclose additive materials in their products. This leaves all transparency in the hands of the companies. Reusable products can help cut down on waste drastically, making them the eco-friendly option. Some women are switching simply for the fear of the materials used in tampons and maxi-pads, which may introduce harmful ingredients to a very sensitive part of the body. Feminine products being reusable also makes them a budget-friendly option. Some products can last several years before being replaced, more than making up for the initial expense.

These products work almost exactly as conventional disposable products do - the key difference being that you clean the item and use it again. Whatever your preferences or needs are, there is a reusable item already available. Keep reading to find the best product for you!

Reusable Pads

Maxi-pads made of soft, absorbent cloth are insanely comfortable and a perfect solution for ladies who experience rashes or discomfort from disposable pads. Options range from panty liners to overnight pads, suiting your personal needs. To wash: rinse by hand and throw it in with your laundry. Voila!

Try: Lunapads or Gladrags.

Cost: $5 - $30 a pad.

Lifespan: ~ 5 years.

Cons: Washing, Replacing on-the-go.

Menstrual Cups

The alternative to tampons is the menstrual cup, a silicone cup inserted like a tampon, but removed with much more care. You do not want to spill a drop of the liquid this little cup collects. They are so small and easy to clean that it might be more convenient than traditional tampons, which you constantly have to repurchase when you run low. To wash: clean with warm water and soap.

Try: DivaCup or LenaCup.

Cost: $36 - $40 a cup.

Lifespan: At least 1 year.

Cons: Tricky at first, Possible Spills.

Period Panties

No pad, no tampon, just panties. It feels like wearing nothing at all, and disappears under your clothing - so no fears of that dreaded "diaper butt." They keep you covered by preventing leakage throughout the day and night. Be thorough when reading descriptions for period panties; some are only meant to be backups for other products like a pad, tampon or cup. To wash: rinse by hand, then place it in the washing machine in a wash bag or on its own.

Try: Thinx or Anigan.

Cost: $24 - $38 a pair.

Lifespan: ~ 2 years.

Cons: Washing, Replacing on-the-go.

What are your favorite reusable period products ladies? Let us know in the comments below![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title="Meet The Author"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Marquila Herrera is a Marketing student at Temple University. In her free time, she tries to study history, sew, and shop (when she can afford it). [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="8564" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]