Worried about switching to Reusable Sanitary Products?

Worried about switching to Reusable Sanitary Products?

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Reusable sanitary products have suffered from a pretty bad reputation. For a long time now we've been told disposable is best; it's both convenient and hygienic. But it's not cheap and it has a large environmental cost.

Sanitary products generate 200,000 tonnes of waste in the UK each year (source: HuffPost 09/05/18)

There is lots of advice  available on switching to reusable products, whether washable pads, a menstrual cup or even period knickers. The key thing to remember is that you don't have to go cold turkey on disposables - it's doesn't have to be an all or nothing approach. It will also be easier than you think and it will save you money in the long run. 

Getting Advice

There is a great guide to plastic-free periods on the City to Sea website 

There are also some tips and discount codes available on the Women's Environmental Network website

Help finding the right menstrual cup

Learn more about period pants

Plastic-free Disposables

If reusable sanitary products really aren't for you, then it is possible to continue with the convenience of disposables and go plastic-free. One of the brands making plastic-free tampons and pads is NatraCare

Did we mention that switching to reusable products will save you money?


If you have unopened disposable sanitary products which you now won't use, you could donate them to the Red Box Project. They are fighting period poverty by providing free sanitary products in schools. 

This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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