Women hygiene products, such as sanitary pads, tampons or other are a necessity. Unfortunately, most of those are single-use. These are usually packed in plastic and are partly made from plastic, meaning that they are not recyclable or biodegradable. Instead, they take 500 to 700 years to break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. Period products are the 5th most common item found on beaches in Europe, according to the European Commission.
The price of single-use pads
In addition to the adverse effects on the environment, single-use sanitary products cost a lot of money over time. In 5 years, you can spend between £130 and £400 on female hygiene products.
The reusable options
Luckily, there are several reusable alternatives to the single-use sanitary products. Internal solutions such as menstrual cups or external solutions like reusable menstrual pads. A reusable sanitary pad is the healthiest option for you, because menstrual cups or tampons can lead to a dangerous stagnation of blood in your body.