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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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