Your Plastic-Free Period Options: Organic/Eco Disposables
As a reusable menstrual product business, we thought it would be appropriate to share information about your plastic-free period options. If you’ve already made the switch, that’s awesome! However, for those that haven’t yet, it might be a little overwhelming at first trying to figure out what options are available to you. That’s why we are writing a series of blog posts about your different plastic-free period options.
We are starting our series with organic/eco disposables.
If you are currently using conventional disposable period products, a switch to organic or eco disposables is going to be the most similar to what you are used to. You use them once and then put them in the bin. Organic/eco disposables are usually made from 100% organic cotton, but there a few brands, like Tsuno and Hey Girls, which use other fibers like bamboo and/or corn. In our opinion, the switch to organic/eco disposables is the switch everyone should make at a bare minimum. If you aren’t sure why you should be ditching conventional disposable period products, you can read more about the reasons here.
There has been a huge rise in the number of companies offering organic/eco disposable period products which is fabulous because until not that long ago, it was difficult to find them anywhere other than small independent stores. Small independents are great, but not everyone has one nearby or can get to one quickly enough when you are caught off guard!
Organic Disposable Period Products: The Pros
Easy(ish) to Find
Eco disposables are now relatively easy to find and are available at some larger retailers including Ocado, Tesco, Boots and Amazon. You may find however, that they are not available at all branches.
No Washing Required
Since you don’t have to wash disposables pads and tampons they can be great for travelling and those who may not have washing facilities or access to potable water.
Organic and Eco Fibers
Organic and eco fibers are better for the environment and better for you.
Whilst the single-use factor is not great for the environment, binning them when you are done using them could be considered convenient.
Reusable products are undoubtedly cheaper over time, but they have a higher upfront cost than disposables. When you are on a tight budget, you may not have enough money to cover the upfront cost of reusables. Therefore, the low upfront cost of disposables may appeal to you.
Organic Disposable Period Products: The Cons
Although more eco-friendly than conventional disposables, these products are still disposable and anything you use once and then throw away isn’t great for the environment.
Organic and eco disposables have a higher overall cost than reusable period products. You have to buy them month in and month out.
Not everyone may agree with this statement, but some organic/eco disposables (depending on the brand) can sometimes shed a bit and not hold together as well as conventional disposables. You may find the cotton comes apart or sticks to your vulva.
Some brands to look for:
There are a number of major retailers now selling organic and eco disposable period products in their stores (although not always all branches). These include:
Fialuna is focusing on developing and selling reusable menstrual products and has decided not to sell organic/eco disposables at this time. The advantage of reusables is that they are both free of single-use plastic and they are zero waste. It is our opinion that not only are they better for the environment, but they are also more comfortable and more effective than disposables. However, we appreciate that we are all different – different bodies, different cycles, different preferences, different lifestyles, etc. etc. etc. Reusables may not be for everyone in every circumstance. Your next best option is an eco disposable period product.
Have you tried eco disposable period products? What did you think?
Please share your thoughts below.