Ever stopped to think about the dirty secrets of your period? Brace yourself.

It has been estimated that an average woman disposes approximately 150 kilograms of tampons, pads, and applicators in her lifetime, around 90% of which is plastic.[1] (This might come as a surprise to many, since unlike food products there is no legal obligation for menstrual product manufacturers to list ingredients on their packaging.  In the UK alone, we’re talking about chucking out a whopping 200,000 tonnes of disposable pads and tampons into landfills every year.

Oh, but wait, there’s more.

Flush another 2 million down the loo, and voila! You’ve got yourself a recipe for polluting oceans and waterways. Plastic, anyone? Yep, it’s right up there in the top five most found items on beaches. Imagine catching a wave alongside a used tampon. Gross.

But hey, if disposable pads and tampons are your jam, welcome to the real cost of your period.

 

What’s the Deal with Disposable Pads?

Sanitary pad designs have come a long way, baby. Thanks to all that fancy tech, they’re now tinier and more absorbent than ever. But here’s the catch: they’re loaded with up to 90% plastic. And that’s not all. They’ve got gels for soaking up the mess and sticky strips to keep them in place, usually made of some synthetic resin cocktail.

Why all the plastic, you ask? Well, apparently, it’s what we demanded. We wanted something softer, more reliable, more absorbent. But surprise, surprise, along with comfort, we’re also getting a dose of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and phthalates, which could be bad news for our health. And guess what? Most folks popping these babies into their undies have no clue what they’re made of or the risks they’re taking.

And as if health risks weren’t enough, the plastic in these pads is slowly but surely trashing our planet. Each pad is like carrying around four plastic bags, and once they hit the landfill or the ocean, they ain’t going anywhere fast.

 

What’s the Tampon Story?

Are tampons any better? Meh, not really. Most of them come wrapped in a thin synthetic cover with a cotton core, sometimes with a cardboard or plastic applicator. Without the plastic applicator, they’re somewhat less of a disaster for the planet. Some are made with organic cotton and free of funky chemicals, which is a plus. But even the eco-friendly options can’t escape the single-use trap.

So, What’s the Environmental Impact?

Single-use plastic is wreaking havoc on our planet. Pads and tampons are beach bum regulars, ranking as the fifth most common beach litter in Europe. Worldwide, a mind-boggling 45 billion menstrual products are trashed annually, spreading pollution far and wide. Eventually, these plastic-packed products break down into tiny particles, leaching toxins into the environment for years to come.

 

Time to Go Green with Your Period

Enough with the plastic parade. It’s time to ditch the disposables and embrace a greener period. Enter reusable pads and period pants, the eco-warrior’s choice. Take WUKA period pants, for example. One pair can save you from 200 single-use disposables, lasting up to two years before bidding farewell to Mother Earth in a compostable, biodegradable fashion.

And if you’re not keen on swimming with tampons, fear not. WUKA’s got your back with period-proof swimsuits. No more excuses for sticking with plastic-laden pads and tampons. Period.

In conclusion, sustainable periods isn’t just a pipe dream. It’s time to take a stand against single-use plastic and save the planet.