I’ve used reusable sanitary products for about three years now. It was one of the first changes I made on my zero waste journey as it was a nice secretive one to begin with.
Here are our 6 reasons reusable sanitary products are the best!
Once you've got it, it's freeeee!
The standard moon cup costs about £20 as a one-off spend, unlike disposables, which need to be purchased on the regular. You’ll pay for your reusable within the first 3-6 cycles and then it's 100% free! All you'll need to do is clean it!
Whatcha going to spend that spare cash on?!
No panic when you need to change your pad in a bathroom which has no damn bin
At least half of our population has, does or will menstruate at some point. It feels like those who don’t menstruate don’t get that WE NEED BINS in toilets if we're using disposable menstrual items or we’ll have a mini panic as to what to do with the waste.
Avoid this awks situation. Buy a reusable menstrual cup such as a Moon Cup, and you can change it when you’re in a bathroom with a sink nearby, or if you have a water bottle to hand (of course you do, you’re a zero waster,) you can swill it out yourself.
It's cleaner. No touching blood I promise
If you go for a menstrual cup you only touch the outer base of the cup. The blood is tipped into the toilet or sink and washed/ flushed away. Its then rinsed in fresh water and popped back in.
ALL WITH NO BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS
The same applies to reusable pads – just grab the parts with no blood on, remove your pad and pop a fresh one on. If you’re out and about, you may need a little waterproof bag to pop your used pad in, before you can wash it at home.
No tampon tax!
If you’re not from the UK, read about the monstrosity that is tampon tax, and feel your blood (menstrual blood, or otherwise) begin to boil. It was this tax that first got me researching the Moon Cup, as I was so angry that I was being taxed for the privilege of bleeding!
Caring for them is easier than you imagine
A menstrual cup needs to be washed with a mild soap and water daily when you're using it in your cycle. I also boil mine before and after each cycle, to keep it hygienic. I have a mug which I have deemed too ugly to drink from, which I fill with water and the menstrual cup. I then microwave for 5 minutes, checking halfway through.
Reusable pads go in the wash with the rest of your undies. Simples.
Less waste produced – well duh!
So much less waste! This investment will cut your monthly waste from approx. 20 tampons per cycle to zero. No more tampons swimming with the fishes or pads sunbathing on a landfill. Hoorah.
Ready to start?
If you’re ready to purchase a cup, I’d recommend keeping a hold of a few disposable pads (if you still have them) as they’re useful to absorb any spillage as you get used to your cup. I got used to mine after 2 cycles but having the pads there at the start really helped my peace of mind.
Donate your old sanitary items….
Reusable products aren’t a solution for everyone, especially for those without access to clean water or who would struggle to invest in the upfront cost of these items. Therefore, if you have ANY disposable sanitary items, please please please donate them to a cause like The Homeless Period – we need to make periods safe and sanitary for all.
Want to buy pads instead? These are what I use, and they’re hella cute.
Need more time?
Want more info about using a cup? Watch our ‘How to’ video.
Need more info before you take the plunge? Read our article here.