We totally understand that making the move from disposable period products to reusable ones can feel daunting and you probably have a few questions…. We’ve put our heads together to try and answer the most commonly asked questions so hopefully you’ll find everything you need right here. If not, ping us an email and we’ll make sure it makes the list!

 

General FAQs

Go for 100% organic cotton and if using a tampon make sure that you change it at least every 6 hours. Use an organic menstrual pad at night to help reduce the chances of toxic shock syndrome. Avoid tampons made from rayon, a rayon cotton mix, or anything fragranced.

NOTE: Even organic and biodegradable products should not be flushed down the loo! They may take months to break down, blocking pipes and polluting marine environment until they do so.

For more information on organic period products please refer to the Womens Environmental Network ,  Natracare or Grace and Green.

Category: General

An ‘average woman’ throws away 115 – 135kg of pads, tampons and applicators away in her lifetime. Menstrual products that are properly disposed of (not flushed!) create 200,000 tonnes of landfilled waste every year in the UK. The break-down of these products in landfill contributes to the production of greenhouse gases, just like other bio-waste.

In addition, over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other undivulged chemicals.

Category: General

The best place to look for reusables is online or in your nearest zero-waste or wholefoods shops.

If you want to explore a variety of brands and products in one place check out these websites:

Luxury Moon
Earthwise Girls

For menstrual cups:

  • Mooncup
  • Lunette
  • Ruby Cup
  • Diva cup
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Just little changes

For reusable pads:

  • Precious Star Pads
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Lunapads – 1 of only 1000 certified B Corporations worldwide (ethical, social based & woman-owned)
  • Just Little Changes

For period pants:

  • WUKA
  • Lunapads
  • THINX
  • FLUX Undies

For more environmentally friendly disposables:

  • Natracare
  • Grace & Green
  • Hey Girls

Discount codes:

  • Lunapads 15% off any order of any value Quote: LUVLUNA15
  • Lunette Cups are offering 15% discount Quote: CITYTOSEA15
  • Ruby Cup are offering 15% discount citytosea15
  • Mooncup® 10% discount code citytosea10
  • FLUX Undies 10% discount code citytosea10
  • OHNE Get your first box of organic tampons FREE when you subscribe using the code PERIODSWITHOUTPLASTIC
  • Bloom & Nora 15% off using the code WEN15
  • Organicup 20% off using WEN20 
  • The Cup Effect 15% off using WASTEFREEPERIODS15
  • Grace & Green organic subscription service – to get full discount use G&G40 (40% off) and GGWEN (for additional 10% off for quarterly subscriptions or 5% for monthly).
  • TOTM organic disposables – 15% off new orders (expires January 2020)using TOTMWEN15
  • ALBANYONE organic disposables – 50% off first purchase using code ALBANYONE

Category: General

Of course! Just as some people use a combination of disposable pads and tampons and use different products as their flow changes, some people use a combination of disposable / reusable products in the same way. Many people use multiple products during heavy flow, or switch to disposable organic products when they’re at festivals, etc.

NB: it won’t work using a pad on top of period pants – the tech will be cancelled out!

Category: General

Reusables can actually be more practical when you’re living outdoors, because you don’t have to worry about finding a bin for your disposables. However, they can pose new challenges in the type of washing facilities that are available!

If you’re using a cup make sure your hands are clean and bring a reusable water bottle into the toilet with you so you can rinse your cup off even if there’s no sink. You can also buy cup wipes or use a sterilising tablet (like what you’d use for a baby bottle) in a foldable cup.

Reusable pads and period pants can be folded and stored in a bag until you to a washing machine, or you can wash them by hand!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other un-divulged chemicals.

Category: General

Everyone’s period is different but for many people – yes!

Reusable pads are often preferred over disposable pads by people with painful periods because of the high level of comfort in their materials.

Period pants and reusable pads come with differing levels of absorbency, so you can find something appropriate if you have very heavy periods.

Janet on switching to Lunapads Performa Pads:

“Using soft, black cloth pads makes endometriosis less dramatic. I’m a very visual person, so blood stains and clots on a black surface is less dramatic. You can’t really see it that much. Having something less irritating (goodbye disposable pad rashes!) comfy and soft close to my body is much more comforting when I am already in pain and discomfort. It’s nice to have products that calms the drama rather than adds to the already intense uncomfortable time I have with endo. I was worried that I would bleed through it all but I don’t. It works perfectly. I changed pads as often as I would with regular pads.”

Category: General

Period pants are potentially the least messy option because they stay in place and no fiddling around is required. However, although the menstrual cup can be messy when you start learning to use it, once you’ve mastered the technique you can avoid any leaks or spills. By changing a reusable pad at the appropriate time you can also avoid leaks.

Many people use the menstrual cup in combination with period pants or reusable pads, for extra security and peace of mind on heavy days.

Category: General

How you manage your flow is your choice! Let your partner/ friends/ family know that this is your body and your decision. No one should make you feel ashamed for choosing a menstrual product that is better for your health and for the environment.

The more we talk about periods and period products the more ‘normal’ and accepted the subject will become

Category: General

Over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables! Don’t let the initial financial investment put you off –  it more than makes up for itself over time.

Based on a 4-5 day cycle the average woman spends around £100-150 per year on disposable products.

Menstrual cups cost £9 – £24.90 and will last you up to 10 years.
A set of reusable pads will cost you about £10 – £35 and some can last up to 10 years.
A pair of period pants will cost you between £23 – £31 and each pair will last you at least 2 years.

These timelines are all dependent on you properly looking after your products so be sure to read the washing/ maintenance instructions that come with whatever product you opt for!

The exact amount of money you save will depend on what and how many products you decide to use, and what throwaway products you move away from.

This is very much a personal preference. Many people find reusables more comfortable than disposable products – no squeaky, expanded pads or tampons that dry you out.

Some people say that they can forget all about their period when they’re using a menstrual cup because they can’t feel a thing. Reusable pads can be made of super soft cotton and bamboo which feels like a luxurious rug in your pants! Period pants don’t move or shift in your underwear and sit comfortably without requiring you to fiddle around or insert anything internally.

Category: General

Absolutely! Reusable products can be even more hygienic than disposables because you’re able to wash them yourself and ensure that they’re clean. Just as when you purchase underwear at the store you should always wash your reusable product before you use it simply because most factories are dusty, etc.

Disposable products with layers and layers of packaging aren’t treated as medical products here in the UK so they’re not required to be kept sterile. They’re made in factories and are not required to follow any food grade factory standards, including divulging information about what exactly is in their products.

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Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are soft, flexible cups made of silicone or latex rubber, that you fold and then insert just like a tampon. Instead of absorbing your blood, like a tampon or pad, the cup catches it and you can empty it down the toilet. Menstrual cups hold more blood than your average tampon so you shouldn’t need to empty it as regularly as you would change a tampon.  A menstrual cup should last you about 5 years and is perfect for travelling (who wants to carry boxes of tampons and pads around whilst on the move?).

91% of women who tried the menstrual cup said that they would continue to use the cup and recommend it to a friend. Menstrual cups cost £9 – £24.90 and will last you 5-10 years.

Go for 100% organic cotton and if using a tampon make sure that you change it at least every 6 hours. Use an organic menstrual pad at night to help reduce the chances of toxic shock syndrome. Avoid tampons made from rayon, a rayon cotton mix, or anything fragranced.

NOTE: Even organic and biodegradable products should not be flushed down the loo! They may take months to break down, blocking pipes and polluting marine environment until they do so.

For more information on organic period products please refer to the Womens Environmental Network ,  Natracare or Grace and Green.

Category: General

An ‘average woman’ throws away 115 – 135kg of pads, tampons and applicators away in her lifetime. Menstrual products that are properly disposed of (not flushed!) create 200,000 tonnes of landfilled waste every year in the UK. The break-down of these products in landfill contributes to the production of greenhouse gases, just like other bio-waste.

In addition, over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other undivulged chemicals.

Category: General

The best place to look for reusables is online or in your nearest zero-waste or wholefoods shops.

If you want to explore a variety of brands and products in one place check out these websites:

Luxury Moon
Earthwise Girls

For menstrual cups:

  • Mooncup
  • Lunette
  • Ruby Cup
  • Diva cup
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Just little changes

For reusable pads:

  • Precious Star Pads
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Lunapads – 1 of only 1000 certified B Corporations worldwide (ethical, social based & woman-owned)
  • Just Little Changes

For period pants:

  • WUKA
  • Lunapads
  • THINX
  • FLUX Undies

For more environmentally friendly disposables:

  • Natracare
  • Grace & Green
  • Hey Girls

Discount codes:

  • Lunapads 15% off any order of any value Quote: LUVLUNA15
  • Lunette Cups are offering 15% discount Quote: CITYTOSEA15
  • Ruby Cup are offering 15% discount citytosea15
  • Mooncup® 10% discount code citytosea10
  • FLUX Undies 10% discount code citytosea10
  • OHNE Get your first box of organic tampons FREE when you subscribe using the code PERIODSWITHOUTPLASTIC
  • Bloom & Nora 15% off using the code WEN15
  • Organicup 20% off using WEN20 
  • The Cup Effect 15% off using WASTEFREEPERIODS15
  • Grace & Green organic subscription service – to get full discount use G&G40 (40% off) and GGWEN (for additional 10% off for quarterly subscriptions or 5% for monthly).
  • TOTM organic disposables – 15% off new orders (expires January 2020)using TOTMWEN15
  • ALBANYONE organic disposables – 50% off first purchase using code ALBANYONE

Category: General

Of course! Just as some people use a combination of disposable pads and tampons and use different products as their flow changes, some people use a combination of disposable / reusable products in the same way. Many people use multiple products during heavy flow, or switch to disposable organic products when they’re at festivals, etc.

NB: it won’t work using a pad on top of period pants – the tech will be cancelled out!

Category: General

Reusables can actually be more practical when you’re living outdoors, because you don’t have to worry about finding a bin for your disposables. However, they can pose new challenges in the type of washing facilities that are available!

If you’re using a cup make sure your hands are clean and bring a reusable water bottle into the toilet with you so you can rinse your cup off even if there’s no sink. You can also buy cup wipes or use a sterilising tablet (like what you’d use for a baby bottle) in a foldable cup.

Reusable pads and period pants can be folded and stored in a bag until you to a washing machine, or you can wash them by hand!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other un-divulged chemicals.

Category: General

Everyone’s period is different but for many people – yes!

Reusable pads are often preferred over disposable pads by people with painful periods because of the high level of comfort in their materials.

Period pants and reusable pads come with differing levels of absorbency, so you can find something appropriate if you have very heavy periods.

Janet on switching to Lunapads Performa Pads:

“Using soft, black cloth pads makes endometriosis less dramatic. I’m a very visual person, so blood stains and clots on a black surface is less dramatic. You can’t really see it that much. Having something less irritating (goodbye disposable pad rashes!) comfy and soft close to my body is much more comforting when I am already in pain and discomfort. It’s nice to have products that calms the drama rather than adds to the already intense uncomfortable time I have with endo. I was worried that I would bleed through it all but I don’t. It works perfectly. I changed pads as often as I would with regular pads.”

Category: General

Period pants are potentially the least messy option because they stay in place and no fiddling around is required. However, although the menstrual cup can be messy when you start learning to use it, once you’ve mastered the technique you can avoid any leaks or spills. By changing a reusable pad at the appropriate time you can also avoid leaks.

Many people use the menstrual cup in combination with period pants or reusable pads, for extra security and peace of mind on heavy days.

Category: General

How you manage your flow is your choice! Let your partner/ friends/ family know that this is your body and your decision. No one should make you feel ashamed for choosing a menstrual product that is better for your health and for the environment.

The more we talk about periods and period products the more ‘normal’ and accepted the subject will become

Category: General

Over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables! Don’t let the initial financial investment put you off –  it more than makes up for itself over time.

Based on a 4-5 day cycle the average woman spends around £100-150 per year on disposable products.

Menstrual cups cost £9 – £24.90 and will last you up to 10 years.
A set of reusable pads will cost you about £10 – £35 and some can last up to 10 years.
A pair of period pants will cost you between £23 – £31 and each pair will last you at least 2 years.

These timelines are all dependent on you properly looking after your products so be sure to read the washing/ maintenance instructions that come with whatever product you opt for!

The exact amount of money you save will depend on what and how many products you decide to use, and what throwaway products you move away from.

This is very much a personal preference. Many people find reusables more comfortable than disposable products – no squeaky, expanded pads or tampons that dry you out.

Some people say that they can forget all about their period when they’re using a menstrual cup because they can’t feel a thing. Reusable pads can be made of super soft cotton and bamboo which feels like a luxurious rug in your pants! Period pants don’t move or shift in your underwear and sit comfortably without requiring you to fiddle around or insert anything internally.

Category: General

Absolutely! Reusable products can be even more hygienic than disposables because you’re able to wash them yourself and ensure that they’re clean. Just as when you purchase underwear at the store you should always wash your reusable product before you use it simply because most factories are dusty, etc.

Disposable products with layers and layers of packaging aren’t treated as medical products here in the UK so they’re not required to be kept sterile. They’re made in factories and are not required to follow any food grade factory standards, including divulging information about what exactly is in their products.

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Period Pants

Period pants are absorbent underwear that you can wash and reuse again for up to 2 years. Period pants come in a range of styles (including thong style!) and absorbencies. Some have inserts that you can remove and change as you would with a pad. Some people use these in conjunction with the menstrual cup or for overnight bleeding.

A pairs of period pants will cost you between £23 – £31 and each pair will last you at least 2 years.

Go for 100% organic cotton and if using a tampon make sure that you change it at least every 6 hours. Use an organic menstrual pad at night to help reduce the chances of toxic shock syndrome. Avoid tampons made from rayon, a rayon cotton mix, or anything fragranced.

NOTE: Even organic and biodegradable products should not be flushed down the loo! They may take months to break down, blocking pipes and polluting marine environment until they do so.

For more information on organic period products please refer to the Womens Environmental Network ,  Natracare or Grace and Green.

Category: General

An ‘average woman’ throws away 115 – 135kg of pads, tampons and applicators away in her lifetime. Menstrual products that are properly disposed of (not flushed!) create 200,000 tonnes of landfilled waste every year in the UK. The break-down of these products in landfill contributes to the production of greenhouse gases, just like other bio-waste.

In addition, over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other undivulged chemicals.

Category: General

The best place to look for reusables is online or in your nearest zero-waste or wholefoods shops.

If you want to explore a variety of brands and products in one place check out these websites:

Luxury Moon
Earthwise Girls

For menstrual cups:

  • Mooncup
  • Lunette
  • Ruby Cup
  • Diva cup
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Just little changes

For reusable pads:

  • Precious Star Pads
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Lunapads – 1 of only 1000 certified B Corporations worldwide (ethical, social based & woman-owned)
  • Just Little Changes

For period pants:

  • WUKA
  • Lunapads
  • THINX
  • FLUX Undies

For more environmentally friendly disposables:

  • Natracare
  • Grace & Green
  • Hey Girls

Discount codes:

  • Lunapads 15% off any order of any value Quote: LUVLUNA15
  • Lunette Cups are offering 15% discount Quote: CITYTOSEA15
  • Ruby Cup are offering 15% discount citytosea15
  • Mooncup® 10% discount code citytosea10
  • FLUX Undies 10% discount code citytosea10
  • OHNE Get your first box of organic tampons FREE when you subscribe using the code PERIODSWITHOUTPLASTIC
  • Bloom & Nora 15% off using the code WEN15
  • Organicup 20% off using WEN20 
  • The Cup Effect 15% off using WASTEFREEPERIODS15
  • Grace & Green organic subscription service – to get full discount use G&G40 (40% off) and GGWEN (for additional 10% off for quarterly subscriptions or 5% for monthly).
  • TOTM organic disposables – 15% off new orders (expires January 2020)using TOTMWEN15
  • ALBANYONE organic disposables – 50% off first purchase using code ALBANYONE

Category: General

Of course! Just as some people use a combination of disposable pads and tampons and use different products as their flow changes, some people use a combination of disposable / reusable products in the same way. Many people use multiple products during heavy flow, or switch to disposable organic products when they’re at festivals, etc.

NB: it won’t work using a pad on top of period pants – the tech will be cancelled out!

Category: General

Reusables can actually be more practical when you’re living outdoors, because you don’t have to worry about finding a bin for your disposables. However, they can pose new challenges in the type of washing facilities that are available!

If you’re using a cup make sure your hands are clean and bring a reusable water bottle into the toilet with you so you can rinse your cup off even if there’s no sink. You can also buy cup wipes or use a sterilising tablet (like what you’d use for a baby bottle) in a foldable cup.

Reusable pads and period pants can be folded and stored in a bag until you to a washing machine, or you can wash them by hand!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other un-divulged chemicals.

Category: General

Everyone’s period is different but for many people – yes!

Reusable pads are often preferred over disposable pads by people with painful periods because of the high level of comfort in their materials.

Period pants and reusable pads come with differing levels of absorbency, so you can find something appropriate if you have very heavy periods.

Janet on switching to Lunapads Performa Pads:

“Using soft, black cloth pads makes endometriosis less dramatic. I’m a very visual person, so blood stains and clots on a black surface is less dramatic. You can’t really see it that much. Having something less irritating (goodbye disposable pad rashes!) comfy and soft close to my body is much more comforting when I am already in pain and discomfort. It’s nice to have products that calms the drama rather than adds to the already intense uncomfortable time I have with endo. I was worried that I would bleed through it all but I don’t. It works perfectly. I changed pads as often as I would with regular pads.”

Category: General

Period pants are potentially the least messy option because they stay in place and no fiddling around is required. However, although the menstrual cup can be messy when you start learning to use it, once you’ve mastered the technique you can avoid any leaks or spills. By changing a reusable pad at the appropriate time you can also avoid leaks.

Many people use the menstrual cup in combination with period pants or reusable pads, for extra security and peace of mind on heavy days.

Category: General

How you manage your flow is your choice! Let your partner/ friends/ family know that this is your body and your decision. No one should make you feel ashamed for choosing a menstrual product that is better for your health and for the environment.

The more we talk about periods and period products the more ‘normal’ and accepted the subject will become

Category: General

Over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables! Don’t let the initial financial investment put you off –  it more than makes up for itself over time.

Based on a 4-5 day cycle the average woman spends around £100-150 per year on disposable products.

Menstrual cups cost £9 – £24.90 and will last you up to 10 years.
A set of reusable pads will cost you about £10 – £35 and some can last up to 10 years.
A pair of period pants will cost you between £23 – £31 and each pair will last you at least 2 years.

These timelines are all dependent on you properly looking after your products so be sure to read the washing/ maintenance instructions that come with whatever product you opt for!

The exact amount of money you save will depend on what and how many products you decide to use, and what throwaway products you move away from.

This is very much a personal preference. Many people find reusables more comfortable than disposable products – no squeaky, expanded pads or tampons that dry you out.

Some people say that they can forget all about their period when they’re using a menstrual cup because they can’t feel a thing. Reusable pads can be made of super soft cotton and bamboo which feels like a luxurious rug in your pants! Period pants don’t move or shift in your underwear and sit comfortably without requiring you to fiddle around or insert anything internally.

Category: General

Absolutely! Reusable products can be even more hygienic than disposables because you’re able to wash them yourself and ensure that they’re clean. Just as when you purchase underwear at the store you should always wash your reusable product before you use it simply because most factories are dusty, etc.

Disposable products with layers and layers of packaging aren’t treated as medical products here in the UK so they’re not required to be kept sterile. They’re made in factories and are not required to follow any food grade factory standards, including divulging information about what exactly is in their products.

Load More

 

Reusable Period Pads

Reusable pads are used in the same way that you’d use a disposable pad, but they aren’t squeaky or sticky and can be washed and reused again for years! Reusable pads come in a range of sizes, materials and patterns. Some people use these in conjunction with the menstrual cup or for overnight bleeding.

A set of reusable pads will cost you about £10 – £35 and some can last up to 10 years.

Go for 100% organic cotton and if using a tampon make sure that you change it at least every 6 hours. Use an organic menstrual pad at night to help reduce the chances of toxic shock syndrome. Avoid tampons made from rayon, a rayon cotton mix, or anything fragranced.

NOTE: Even organic and biodegradable products should not be flushed down the loo! They may take months to break down, blocking pipes and polluting marine environment until they do so.

For more information on organic period products please refer to the Womens Environmental Network ,  Natracare or Grace and Green.

Category: General

An ‘average woman’ throws away 115 – 135kg of pads, tampons and applicators away in her lifetime. Menstrual products that are properly disposed of (not flushed!) create 200,000 tonnes of landfilled waste every year in the UK. The break-down of these products in landfill contributes to the production of greenhouse gases, just like other bio-waste.

In addition, over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other undivulged chemicals.

Category: General

The best place to look for reusables is online or in your nearest zero-waste or wholefoods shops.

If you want to explore a variety of brands and products in one place check out these websites:

Luxury Moon
Earthwise Girls

For menstrual cups:

  • Mooncup
  • Lunette
  • Ruby Cup
  • Diva cup
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Just little changes

For reusable pads:

  • Precious Star Pads
  • Hey Girls
  • No More Taboo
  • Lunapads – 1 of only 1000 certified B Corporations worldwide (ethical, social based & woman-owned)
  • Just Little Changes

For period pants:

  • WUKA
  • Lunapads
  • THINX
  • FLUX Undies

For more environmentally friendly disposables:

  • Natracare
  • Grace & Green
  • Hey Girls

Discount codes:

  • Lunapads 15% off any order of any value Quote: LUVLUNA15
  • Lunette Cups are offering 15% discount Quote: CITYTOSEA15
  • Ruby Cup are offering 15% discount citytosea15
  • Mooncup® 10% discount code citytosea10
  • FLUX Undies 10% discount code citytosea10
  • OHNE Get your first box of organic tampons FREE when you subscribe using the code PERIODSWITHOUTPLASTIC
  • Bloom & Nora 15% off using the code WEN15
  • Organicup 20% off using WEN20 
  • The Cup Effect 15% off using WASTEFREEPERIODS15
  • Grace & Green organic subscription service – to get full discount use G&G40 (40% off) and GGWEN (for additional 10% off for quarterly subscriptions or 5% for monthly).
  • TOTM organic disposables – 15% off new orders (expires January 2020)using TOTMWEN15
  • ALBANYONE organic disposables – 50% off first purchase using code ALBANYONE

Category: General

Of course! Just as some people use a combination of disposable pads and tampons and use different products as their flow changes, some people use a combination of disposable / reusable products in the same way. Many people use multiple products during heavy flow, or switch to disposable organic products when they’re at festivals, etc.

NB: it won’t work using a pad on top of period pants – the tech will be cancelled out!

Category: General

Reusables can actually be more practical when you’re living outdoors, because you don’t have to worry about finding a bin for your disposables. However, they can pose new challenges in the type of washing facilities that are available!

If you’re using a cup make sure your hands are clean and bring a reusable water bottle into the toilet with you so you can rinse your cup off even if there’s no sink. You can also buy cup wipes or use a sterilising tablet (like what you’d use for a baby bottle) in a foldable cup.

Reusable pads and period pants can be folded and stored in a bag until you to a washing machine, or you can wash them by hand!

We do acknowledge that there are certain times and occasions where people may need to use throwaway products and we totally recognise and support this. On those occasions, opt for organic products instead of those that contain plastic, bleach and other un-divulged chemicals.

Category: General

Everyone’s period is different but for many people – yes!

Reusable pads are often preferred over disposable pads by people with painful periods because of the high level of comfort in their materials.

Period pants and reusable pads come with differing levels of absorbency, so you can find something appropriate if you have very heavy periods.

Janet on switching to Lunapads Performa Pads:

“Using soft, black cloth pads makes endometriosis less dramatic. I’m a very visual person, so blood stains and clots on a black surface is less dramatic. You can’t really see it that much. Having something less irritating (goodbye disposable pad rashes!) comfy and soft close to my body is much more comforting when I am already in pain and discomfort. It’s nice to have products that calms the drama rather than adds to the already intense uncomfortable time I have with endo. I was worried that I would bleed through it all but I don’t. It works perfectly. I changed pads as often as I would with regular pads.”

Category: General

Period pants are potentially the least messy option because they stay in place and no fiddling around is required. However, although the menstrual cup can be messy when you start learning to use it, once you’ve mastered the technique you can avoid any leaks or spills. By changing a reusable pad at the appropriate time you can also avoid leaks.

Many people use the menstrual cup in combination with period pants or reusable pads, for extra security and peace of mind on heavy days.

Category: General

How you manage your flow is your choice! Let your partner/ friends/ family know that this is your body and your decision. No one should make you feel ashamed for choosing a menstrual product that is better for your health and for the environment.

The more we talk about periods and period products the more ‘normal’ and accepted the subject will become

Category: General

Over your lifetime you can expect to save up to 94% of what you would have spent on disposables, by switching to reusables! Don’t let the initial financial investment put you off –  it more than makes up for itself over time.

Based on a 4-5 day cycle the average woman spends around £100-150 per year on disposable products.

Menstrual cups cost £9 – £24.90 and will last you up to 10 years.
A set of reusable pads will cost you about £10 – £35 and some can last up to 10 years.
A pair of period pants will cost you between £23 – £31 and each pair will last you at least 2 years.

These timelines are all dependent on you properly looking after your products so be sure to read the washing/ maintenance instructions that come with whatever product you opt for!

The exact amount of money you save will depend on what and how many products you decide to use, and what throwaway products you move away from.

This is very much a personal preference. Many people find reusables more comfortable than disposable products – no squeaky, expanded pads or tampons that dry you out.

Some people say that they can forget all about their period when they’re using a menstrual cup because they can’t feel a thing. Reusable pads can be made of super soft cotton and bamboo which feels like a luxurious rug in your pants! Period pants don’t move or shift in your underwear and sit comfortably without requiring you to fiddle around or insert anything internally.

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Absolutely! Reusable products can be even more hygienic than disposables because you’re able to wash them yourself and ensure that they’re clean. Just as when you purchase underwear at the store you should always wash your reusable product before you use it simply because most factories are dusty, etc.

Disposable products with layers and layers of packaging aren’t treated as medical products here in the UK so they’re not required to be kept sterile. They’re made in factories and are not required to follow any food grade factory standards, including divulging information about what exactly is in their products.

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