Here’s how you can make your period eco-friendly

Step into the world of sustainable feminine hygiene products

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Did you know that ordinary feminine hygiene products cause plastic pollution? They clog our sewers and our consciousness. However, it is sadder that a lot of women don’t know that there are equally effective, sustainable alternatives available in the market. We’re here to take you through some of the best eco-friendly-yet-effective menstrual products and to clear all misconceptions around them.

The environment will thank you.

The Woman’s Company Day Pads 

These biodegradable sanitary napkins made from certified organic cotton are soft and leak-proof . These are also available as a combo with Night Pads, which are slightly bigger in size, and come with individual eco-friendly wrapping. Say hello to rash-free period!

Nua Cramp Comfort Heat Patch

Okay, technically, this is not a hygiene product, but it is something that every menstruating woman should invest in. Inspired by the hot-water bag that becomes a mainstay on our bodies during the most dreaded week of every month, this comfort heat patch from Nua gives instant relief from even the most debilitating cramps.

These patches are made from 100% biodegradable materials and self-heat upon coming in contact with the atmosphere for up to eight hours. Think about it—no more cramps and we’re being kind to the environment—it’s a win-win situation.

Bare Necessities Boondh Menstrual Cup

You can’t talk about sustainable period products without including a menstrual cup on the list. In a country where period poverty is rampant, menstrual cups may be the way forward, considering they can last for up to 10 years and only need changing every 12 hours. Take the menstrual cup from Bare Necessities, for instance. It is made with soft, medical-grade silicon which is BPA and chemical-free. Looking for the secret to a comfortable, safe and eco-friendly period? You just found it.

Saathi’s Biodegradable Panty Liner

Made from high-absorbent bamboo fibre, these biodegradable and compostable panty liners are thin and comfortable to use. The top sheet is anti-bacterial which ensures a smooth, comfy use.

Carmesi Tampons

What makes Carmesi’s tampons stand out from the herd of tampons on shelves today is that they are made from 100% organic cotton. From the core to the cord, everything is made from natural and biodegradable materials. So, fret not, you won’t be putting toxic materials in your body or the environment.

Pee Safe Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Natural Intimate Wipes

All women know the struggle of using public washrooms—the squatting, the smell, the fear. This is why no on-the-go vanity is complete without a packet of intimate wipes. We are in love with the ones from Pee Safe, which are made from viscose, a semi-synthetic type of rayon fabric made from wood pulp. Read: these are sustainable. They are soft to the touch and free from parabens, sulfates and alcohol.

Amala Earth Feminine Intimate Wash

If you’ve been looking for an intimate wash that does its job while keeping your conscious clean, then look no further. The plant-based intimate wash by Amala Earth is formulated with the goodness of neem, basil, turmeric, peppermint, and nutmeg. But that’s not all. The tomato and lemon peel extracts present in the product mildly exfoliate while the coconut plant nectar and aloe vera, along with organic oils like coconut, olive and karanja moisturise leaving you feeling fresh down there. 

Nushu Period Panties 

If you're tired of the rashes and discomfort that come with using sanitary napkins, tampons or menstrual cups, Nushu's period panties are a blessing in disguise. They come in various styles depending on your flow and are a  mess-free blend of style and functionality. These panties are equipped to absorb up to 4 pads worth of blood. It's reusable (washable) and with its 4-layer absorbent core, this product will keep you dry and comfortable.