Updated: Feb 6, 2020

So that time of the month is approaching and you're browsing for the last minute period stock up before the rain from hell arrives. You have just found out that traditional plastic applicators take up 500 years to decompose and sanitary pads even more so?! You don't need that kind of stress on you when you've already braved the white jeans. Luckily, you can have the most eco friendly period ever, and there are sooo many options!


Cardboard If you prefer applicator tampons then cardboard applicators are a great way of reducing your plastic usage. These are actually cheaper than plastic applicators in many cases. I personally use Tampax cardboard applicator tampons which cost £1.75 for 20 compared to £2 for 18 for the same product but with plastic! Benefit your pocket and the planet by making the change. Reusable applicators

You can also get reusable applicators that work with any sized tampon. They require a larger initial investment than other period products (£25) but should last for life. Seems a bit gross at first but it keeps sanitary with 'Antibacterial Sanipolymers' whatever they are! All you have do is rinse and wipe with a paper towel and you can be on your way! Read more at;

Organic Cotton Products

Organic period products are on the rise, and here's why you should make the switch. The production of organic cotton produces a fraction of the greenhouse gases when compared to standard products. The cotton is softer, more breathable and misses out on all the extra dyes and fragrances unlike mainstream products, so it is kinder to your skin. Many brands also have biodegradable packaging which reduces the footprint they leave on the earth. So if you don't want to stray to far from normal products but want to go green, this is a good option. There are a lot of brands out there which range from spenny to penny but here are some I've looked into:


Online deliver to your door service, which you can set up to be delivered every month! You can order them in boxes with a range of products or just a singular product;

Medium box - 4 tampliners, 12 tampons, 8 pads, 6 liners for £12

24 tampons - £9

16 Pads - £9

24 liners - £9


Another online deliver to your door service but specialises in tampons and cramp care, available in a range of flows;

20 naked tampons - £5.80

20 applicator tampons - £6.80 (cardboard applicator)

Holy cramp - £27

Natra care

Natra care supplies organic period products and is a cheaper option. Available from some high street stores but also online vendors e.g Amazon:

4 x 14 pad pack - £10 cheapest pads at 18p


If internet shopping isn't your thing and you prefer to get everything in on your supermarket shop, many retailers now stock organic period products. Sainsbury's and Tesco now sell Yoni and Totm products in their stores, made from organic cotton with no perfumes or plastic; Yoni 10 pad pack - £3.50 20 panty liners - £3.25 16 non applicator tampons - £3.25 Totm 10 pad pack - £3.35 30 panty liners - £2.80 cheapest liners at 11p

16 cardboard applicator tampons - £3.20 cheapest tampons at 20p

Reusable Pads

Yeah that's right, you can now buy re-useable period pads and they can save you a lot of money too; you can reuse these babies for up to 10 years! The upfront cost isn't cheap, coming it at about £20 to £35 for multipacks, but will save you money in the long run. They tend to be bamboo or cotton based, and you can choose depending on preference. After use, soak them in cold water to prevent staining and then put them in the washing machine! If you can get over the 'ew' factor then check out some of these providers;

Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular. They work like a tampon in terms of insertion but instead of absorbing the blood, they sit and collect it for up to 12 hours leaving you feeling fresher. They are made from plastic and are reusable! All you have to do is take it out and wash it, making sure you rinse of any soap before reusing.

They do require more initial investment that other period products; most cups are around £20 but you can use them for 1-2 years!

Period Pants

Period pants are basically a reusable period pad but as pants. They work in the same way, you wear them, wash then and wear them again helping to reduce waste! They fit just like normal underwear, but they are super absorbent and can take up to 3-4 tampons worth of blood. They are one of the most expensive options, some pairs costing up to £30 but they can last for 1-2 years with proper care.


As you can see there are so many options and it just depends on what you feel most comfortable with! If you don't want to change things up to much, organic products and a switch up of applicators is probably the best way to go. However, if you do fancy a change I think that period cups are the most economic way to do so, as a £20 cup can last you up to 24 periods, costing you just £1.20 a month. Back it up with a few reusable pads and you are sorted! Period pants are a cool idea but they are pretty expensive, you'll need a few to last the whole cycle so it depends on your budget. Whatever you choose to go with, I hope you find your way to be sustainable this month!

Thanks for reading,

Antonia :)

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