13. Start using a menstrual cup

Ruby mensstrual cup

Ladies, this little thing is just pure awesomeness in so many ways. I mean, lessen your impact on the environment while saving money and making your vagina happy. Sounds pretty good to me.

How to make the change
See if your local pharmacy stocks menstrual cups or order online. The trick is finding the right size, which depends on your flow and physics. Some brands have a size-guarantee, which allows you to try another size if you’re not happy. It can also be a little tricky to use at first, but once you get the hang of it there are so many benefits, which makes the learning phase worthwhile.

Why make the change?
On average a woman uses about 11 000 pads or tampons in a lifetime. Many products are made from non-organic cotton and plastics and then bleached. Not very sustainable, to say the least. Not to mention the plastics they come wrapped in. A menstrual cup is reusable for up to 10 years. It’s also more convenient, since you only need to rinse it twice a day and it won’t dry you up like tampons can. And – no chemicals going into your va-jay-jay. Yay!

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Marketing budgets for menstrual cups are most likely not as big as those for tampon and pad companies, since you only need one in ten years. Therefore it’s important to spread the word. Talk to your friends about it, and if you’re not shy, why not share the magic on social media?

Ps. If you don’t like menstrual cups there are other sustainable alternatives like reusable cloth pads, Thinx period undies or organic cotton tampons.

Image courtesy to RubyCup. If you buy a Ruby Cup they will donate a cup to a girl in Kenya so she gets to stay in school. Pretty awesome, right?


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