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Sustainable Periods: Making The Switch To Organic Alternatives
In this editorial we discuss why we at REV have made the switch to organic, sustainable period products and the wonderful eco alternatives we can’t recommend enough! Read on to learn about our favourite organic cotton tampons, CBD balm for cramps, and other natural ways that help us cope at our time of the month!
The Urgent Need For Natural & Sustainable Period Products
Periods aren’t usually fun for us women, and the same goes for our dear Mother Earth. Conventional period products come in lots of unnecessary plastic and packaging, which don’t biodegrade. Over 20 billion period products sit in landfills every year, says Harvard Business School. Not only are they bad for the planet, but they tend to be bad for us too.
Tampons are famously filled with chemicals and fragrance, which should be nowhere near the delicate vagina, that is self-cleaning and needs to retain its natural pH to stay healthy. The vaginal wall is like our skin, it absorbs everything that is applied onto it. Therefore, our bodies absorb the bleached tampons that have chemicals, pesticides, and fragrances within them. Our Earth should be treated with the respect that we treat our body with. Our planet doesn’t enjoy those chemicals, pesticides, and bleach either!
So, what is the answer? Luckily we know of some wonderful organic and sustainable alternatives – REV Team tried and tested! Keep on reading to find out more.
Grace & Green's Organic Cotton Sanitary Pads & Tampons
Grace & Green’s pads never make you feel like you actually wearing one. They are light and breathable yet super absorbent. All of G&G pads have a plant based, waterproof backing that give them that essential leak protection. Each one is packaged in biodegradable purse packs for convenience without compromising on sustainability. If you haven’t liked pads before, we ensure these will change your mind.
If you prefer tampons, Grace & Green have eco and non-toxic options for you too! Their organic cotton tampons expand gently lengthways and widthways for a perfect fit, to avoid leaks. The woven cord never contains glue, like most conventional tampons, ensuring zero chemicals in their tampons.
A conventional sanitary pad may well contain a higher percentage of plastic than cotton, with some estimates of upwards of 90%. A pack of menstrual pads is equivalent to almost five plastic bags.
Source: Grace & Green
Daye's Sustainable Period Products & Female Health
Daye is a R&D gynae health company committed to creating sustainable products and services which fit conveniently into womxn’s lives. They’ve created the world’s first clinically validated CBD tampon, which soothes menstrual cramps without side effects. Daye’s tampons are made from organic sustainably sourced cotton with bio-based sugarcane applicators. These are good for your body and the planet, and we couldn’t recommend them enough!
To help with cramps and sore achy muscles, we have been loving their CBD balm – a wonderful blend of ginger, lavender and lemongrass made with Daye’s lab-tested medical grade CBD. Simply massage onto the effected area…and relax!
Natural Rituals That Help Us Cope
We know you’ve probably heard it before, but drink as much water as you can when you are menstruating. During this time, when estrogen and progestogen are low, your body retains more water leading to bloating and even tiredness. Dehydration intensifies cramps and migraines that lots of us get at that time of the month. We also recommend purifying tap water with Sort Of Coal’s Binchotan.
Treat yourself to a nice warm bath to soothe your aches, pains, and stress. We reach for Bath Salts by Bjork & Berries because its full of detoxifying and anti-inflammatory oils and salts that work on your body as much as your mind. We also love our new Sea Soaking Salts from Haeckels which are rich in minerals to create a 100% natural soothing experience for mind and body.
Give yourself a massage around your lower abdomen or have your partner gently do it for you. The Massage Balm by Lost Explorer is perfect to help ease cramps or backaches. It contains arnica, which is an incredible anti-inflammatory ingredient that relaxes muscles – an essential for bad cramps!