Plastic free Period - Menstrual cups
Updated: Jan 25, 2020
Let’s talk about periods.
Most women have a preference when it comes to sanitary products based on affordability, comfort, convenience or just what they are used to. There are also a large proportion of women who consider environmental impacts their products can have. For these women - in steps the menstrual cup!!
Menstrual cups are bell-shaped and are made from medical-grade silicone. They are inserted into the vagina where they collect blood instead of absorbing blood like single use tampons or pads. The collected blood is emptied, and the cup is washed and re-used – simple.
Photo stolen from Organicup website
- Menstrual cups are reportedly becoming increasingly popular in the UK.
- A woman will go through an average of more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products throughout the course of her life, which is an extraordinary amount of waste.
- Far more affordable, comfortable and environmentally friendly.
- Tampon's, pad's and pantyliner's amount to more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year!!
- The cup can collect blood for as long as 12 hours – get your dancing shoes on!!
- Menstrual cups can hold three times the amount of blood that a regular tampon would usually absorb and doesn’t need to be replaced - all you need to do when you empty it into the toilet is rinse or wipe it before inserting it again.
Seems simple enough but Menstrual cups can take a while to get used to and require time and patients with yourself. There are an abundance of videos on YouTube of personal experiences or helpful tips and tricks – we recommend everyone has a watch (linked one below)!
There are several different brands for the menstrual cup so do your research to find out what may be the best “fit” for you.
We sell the Organicup who state –
“We believe no one should be held back by their body. We believe period products should not contain harmful chemicals nor absorb natural bodily secretions, resulting in infections. Periods should not be the cause of major pollution. And they should never, ever be a source of shame.”
And we think that’s a pretty good reason to buy their products 😊 They have been going since 2012 and have their products in over 4000 stores and provide sustainable, affordable, comfortable environmentally friendly menstrual products to over 10 million people!!
The menstrual cup cost around £20 to buy and last 10years! I am being completely serious - if you compare this to tampons which cost anywhere between £2 - £4 a packet and depending on you're flow can become pretty costly every month. You'd get your moneys worth from the menstrual cup after around 6/7 cycles - it makes sense.
If you are ever interested in this product and want to know anymore information please visit the Organicup site or ask in store and we can help out as much as we can.
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