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Ditch the Disposables: You Have Options with Reusable Menstrual Products

Here on So Easy Being Green, we’ve talked about a reusable menstrual products that are available instead of using disposables. 

I’ve reviewed a few different menstrual cups and even shared how they completely changed my life. I did a whole series on Mama Cloth before that, when I had completely ditched disposable products after having Moreaya.

Ditch the Disposables

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But did you know there are even more options than those two? Yep, there are actually quite a few and today, we’re going to examine each and see if one would be better suited to you than another. I’ll be sharing a super awesome new product too!

It’s always good to have options and the reusable menstrual products market isn’t lacking. Let’s look at some of the options that are available to women.

Cloth Pads

Perhaps cloth pads, also known as Mama Cloth, are one of the easiest reusable options for women to try in their first attempt at going reusable in menstrual products.

Cloth Pads

They are really easy to learn how to use correctly, quite simple to wash, and quite affordable. Although there is a start-up cost, like with almost any reusable product, the amount you need depends on your flow and how often you want to wash your pads.

Resuable Cloth Pads

You can purchase pads individually or in kits, like this one, at Amazon.com.

Menstrual Cup

A menstrual cup has a bit more of a learning curve than cloth pads, but if you get the hang of it, you’ll grow to love your cup.  It’s liberating – with no mess, no strings, and the ability to do anything you would when you’re not on your period – hiking, running, swimming!

menstrual cup

There are a few cups on the market, but one of the most popular is the Diva Cup, pictured above.

Reusable Tampons and Sea Sponges

I’m not going to go into great detail about this option because I really have no personal experience. But there are reusable tampon options available – in the form of crocheted tampons and even sea sponges.

Lunapanties

Last, but certainly not least… a completely new and revolutionary, option! Lunapads recently released their new reusable menstrual product – Lunapanties. So, how are they different from cloth pads?

lunapanties

The insert is sewn right into the underwear, meaning you won’t ever have any bunching or shifting like you can experience with cloth pads sometimes. 

There are different types of Lunapanties available depending on your flow and your style – don’t be thinking these are Granny Panties – no way!

Worn on their own, Lunapanties give you the protection like a disposable pantyliner would, but you also have the option of adding in a liner for extra protection while you’re on your period. No need to change out the Lunapanties each time, though – you simply replace with another insert. 

Lunapanties

Although, you’ll want to wash your Lunapanties daily.

To learn more about Lunapanties, check out the FAQs on the Lunapads website.

Are you ready to love your period?
Which reusable menstrual option do you think would work best for you?

Moon Cup

Monday 28th of March 2016

There are in deed a lot of alternatives to the traditional tampons that can be dangerous. But Menstrual Cups are the best, especially when you are going green, practical and health conscious.

JB

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

LOVE menstrual cups and reusable cloth pads! I think it's time that the entire world gets on this plan-it's just so much better for our environment.

Linda

Friday 18th of October 2013

I'm almost sad that I no longer get a period. Fascinating stuff for us foreigners - I live in New Zealand.

Jacqueline

Tuesday 13th of August 2013

I would love to try the Vesta hipster in Indigo! I have the pantiliners and they work well, especially when you're pregnant and might be worried about extra discharge or leakage. 

Jacqueline

Tuesday 13th of August 2013

I would love to try the Vesta in Indigo!

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