For every 100 meters of British beach cleaned, litter pickers will find roughly 4.8 pieces of menstrual waste. This includes things like sanitary towels, panty liners, and tampons. Most of these products end up on the coast or in the ocean after people flush them down the toilet. And many feature the ocean’s biggest nemesis: plastic. But there is a way to have a more sustainable period: by opting for reusable or plastic-free period products. From menstrual cups to organic cotton tampons, here are seven of the best sustainable period products on the market.
It’s important to note: not everyone is in the position of privilege to change which products they use. And for some, access to any menstrual products at all is limited. With that in mind, many of the brands on this list have partnered with charities that support those who are experiencing period poverty (this is when people who require menstrual care struggle to afford or access safe, hygienic products).
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