Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How to Zero Waste Your Period ❣️

Hey muffins! While my "How to Zero Waste Your [insert room here]" series was originally supposed to only focus on certain rooms of the home, I really wanted to write about periods today (don't ask me why 😆). I have tackled everything from the laundry room to the kitchen in this series (read all of the posts here!), but periods happen every single month for 50% of the population... That is a lot of waste that can be avoided! Here are some great ways for you to mitigate your own waste during that time of the month:

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1. Menstrual cups - After going through the pros and cons of a menstrual cup here on Life of an Earth Muffin, I decided to purchase a Lena cup for Plastic Free July. If you read my Waste Audit at the end of the challenge, you will know that I struggled to get the cup to work for me... But menstrual cups are definitely one of the best options for a zero waste period! I am continuing to try out this cup, and I am extremely hopeful that I will be able to make the switch eventually. 😊


2. Reusable pads - Just like reusable diapers for babies, these cloth pads can be washed and washed again and again. 👍 Disposable pads are often filled with chemicals, which can make your period smell unpleasant (it isn't actually supposed to smell ladies!). You can purchase these reusable pads on many websites, but Amazon and Etsy both have a bunch of options for cheap prices.


3. Period panties - While these are more expensive than the other options (as you will need to purchase a few pairs to last for your period), you might want to make the investment. 🤔 I don't know if I would personally like to "free bleed", but it definitely would give you the freedom to not have to worry about your period during that time of the month!


4. Reusable tampon applicators - This is obviously not completely zero waste as you would need to still use tampons, but reducing the plastic of an applicator per each tampon is definitely a win! 🎉 This is similar to a menstrual cup as you would need to wash/sanitize it after each use to keep it bacteria free.


How do you try to reduce your waste on your period? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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