How To Have A Greener Period

  • Okay, time to talk about one of my least favorite subjects: periods. Much like pooping it’s pretty gross that our bodies do that, but it’s even grosser to not take care of it the right way. So, let’s talk for a minute.
  •   It’s obviously pretty nuts that in some countries women are actually shamed for having a period, even forced to sleep outside of the house in a red tent until they are done with their “women problems”. So, thank you Western World for all the many options we have to stay clean and keep doing our thing.
  •   That being said, some options are better than others for the planet and our own health.
  •   Plastic applicator tampons are so much easier to use than cardboard or no applicator tampons… but they suck. Seriously. It’s a decent amount of plastic for one second of your time and then right into the trash. Multiple times per period, each month, for most of your lifespan, times however many women are doing it. So. Much. Plastic.pollution-1128158_1280.jpg
  •   It took me finding a used plastic applicator washed up on my local beach to really get it. There is no away. Repeat it. No more of that, my friends.
  •   If I’m going with tampons it’s the no applicator kind. I’ll be honest though, it’s not something I do much of lately.
  •   There are tons of toxic shock warnings on the box that I never took seriously. So many friends of mine agreed and confessed to leaving theirs in way longer than they should, usually over a weekend of drinking and revelry. I had a micro-scare and went to the ER once with a terrible headache that cleared up a few hours later while I was in the waiting room. (Side bar, why is everyone complaining about Canada?) But not long after that, a model was in the news for losing her entire effing leg to toxic shock. Tampons are worse than sharks?! Wtf!??! So yeah, only for emergencies these days on that. I guess tampons are classified as a “medical device” and do not have to list ingredients, so they have all sorts of weird stuff stored in there and you end up putting it in an extremely sensitive place. Not for me. Now that I know…
  •  Pads don’t have this problem, but they are still pretty shitty for the planet too. There’s a ton of plastic adhesive stuff going on there, and the whole thing just gets tossed, tossed, tossed, and tossed some more. It’s not a pretty thought but seriously think about all those used pads and tampons rolled up in toilet paper just stacked up. There is no away, so let’s all face reality.
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  •   This it what led me to give the Thinx period panty a try. I was so far beyond skeptical, you have no idea. But I’ll tell you, they worked, at least for me… I was super happy with them. They we’re very thin, moisture wicking, and really absorbent. They were comfortable enough for sleeping and didn’t have a bulky diaper feel at all. And when all was said and done, I just put them in the washer and then the drier and it was all good. Couldn’t be more easy and they actually effing worked. I had terrible visions of discomfort before trying them out. I’m such a fan now. Maybe everyone wouldn’t agree, but my experience was very positive.
  •   No trash is a huge bonus, but I honestly love these so much better than messy inserting devices and keeping track of hours etc. It’s comfy, easy, clean and I feel so much safer and healthier. Seriously. My body feels so much better without a tampon corked up in there.
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  •   And it’s not so hard to just take it easy on a flow day. If I really need to go horse back riding and surfing on those specific days for some emergency reason I might grab one again from an organic brand (Thinx does also offer a healthier tampon with a reusable applicator) but the easy wash undies are magic in my book.
  •    Thinx are great because they also do a one for one program, handing out these in those places I mentioned earlier where women and girls are put down for menstruating and not granted permission to learn things like math and science for simply being female. It might really help in shifting the mindset out there.
  • You can find knockoff Thinx on Amazon that are a little less expensive and still do a pretty good job, but I do like the Thinx better. They just have a little more strength and structure to them.
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  •   Similarly they do also make reusable pads. Shaped in the same way as a regular pad, these puppies can also be washed and dried just like regular laundry. Instead of a sticker to hold on to your underwear, they have a snap that wraps around and holds in place. It’s pretty great too. No trash, and they are cheap, about $15 for a pack made with some kind of bamboo absorbency layer. They won’t last forever but they beat the heck out of disposables. You could always use the Thinx and these at the same time if you need double protection.
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  •   Last item I can mention here is the cup. I have not tried it and I don’t want to. It freaks me out. I barely even tampon these days and I’m not feeling adventurous. Some people swear by it and it is not a single use plastic. Try it if you want. There will be no review on here any time soon. #SorryNotSorry.
  •   So in summary, get yo self some Thinx. It’s not just good advertising they’ve got a great product and it ends up serving a bunch of causes from women’s empowerment to healthier oceans and it might just save you from losing a leg. Or give those other items a go, they help too.
Let us know what you think of Thinx or whatever greener option you swear by.

25 thoughts on “How To Have A Greener Period

  1. Lisa aka 'Bunchy' says:

    They look fantastic!

    I went through a premature ovarian failure aged 34 and have been on combined oestrogen and progesterone since (I have to to protect my bones thinning further – I have osteoporosis), so they can occasionally give me a fake bleed, much like the contraceptive pill.

    On the rare times I need protection I use a menstrual cup (and did so before my menopause) and it works great for me, but those knickers sound fantastic. I’d seen menstruation underwear before, but nothing as small as those. 👍

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    • Three_little_burds says:

      Wow, I was unfamiliar with this product. This is super cool. I have a almost 11 year old daughter and I am so happy we have alternatives for the next generation. I am heading toward the end of my Aunt Flo visits. My age and infertility issues will cause me to end my dreaded visits from Aunt Flo a littler earlier than most women. Thinking about this makes me kind of sad and respectful to her. Its amazing what a woman deals with each month and how our bodies work. Its definitely not gross or something to feel ashamed and embarrassed about and our sterile culture has definitely caused a woman to hide and openly discuss this topic. I had a baby later in life(he’s 16 months now) and I thought it was terrible traveling via plane and some airports were not equipped with mom friendly rooms for breast feeding or pumping. Its a natural circumstance! Great Blog and Thank you!

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  2. victorialise says:

    I will have to give them a try! They sound comfy and functional and eliminate waste win/win/win! I just started using Lola products. I also don’t opt for tampons and have yet to try theirs but the pads are great, comfortable, which has been a great option for life on the road! Thanks for sharing!


    • omprojectblog says:

      Yes! I saw their ads. Def better than most of the stuff out there. I think I’ll get some as a back up for emergencies or if a friend needs one. Thinx might be travel friendly, but I guess you’d have to decide for yourself what you feel good with and what kind of washing isn’t too out of the way. ❤

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  3. Christie - MysticalVegan says:

    I just bought myself some reusable pads from a local shop in Australia. I have yet to use them, but they do come highly recommended! I was going to get the Thinx, but decided to shop local instead. A bit of extra cash to set up, but better in the long run!

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  4. barefootyogini44 says:

    i love my thinx and my cup! i read that they put chemicals in the pads and tampons to make you bleed more and i wouldn’t have believed it if i hadn’t gone from 7 days to 4 and done once i made the switch. i always wondered why my period dragged on and on, now i know.

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      • barefootyogini44 says:

        i would never have believed it if i didn’t experience it in my own body. i’ve been tempted to test this theory out by going back to old products and see what happens but not tempted enough.


  5. Susan J. Anderson says:

    I’m with Elizabethcetera! Hysterectomy at 42 and I thank the Lord I no longer have to worry about periods. I hadn’t been able to use tampons for years before, though, as my bladder prolapsed and pushed the thing out time and time again. Still, I don’t miss wearing the big brick every month, the cramps, the emotions, etc. It does get better, ladies! 🙂

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  6. Vic says:

    This hits home for me because it’s that time and I will run out of tampons tomorrow. I used to use paper and no applicators but somehow switched to plastic after borrowing one from a friend. They are pretty amazing, but you are right that it’s terrible for the earth. I’m going to switch back to o.b. for the rest of the week but will order the reusable pads and maybe a panty from Thinx. Although I am slightly terrified of the panties because I have no idea how they work. But I like how they give to developing countries.

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  7. yogidrea says:

    I’ve been using the Lena Cup for the last few years on my heavier days and prefer it to tampons and most other options. I’ve never liked wearing tampons. Something in them always made me feel off, even the non-applicator, natural tampons. The Lena Cup is certainly a more sustainable method of containing menstrual fluid, even though I still don’t prefer putting foreign objects inside of me. That said, it can be challenging to place properly. The position of the cervix (lower or higher), how relaxed or tense the vaginal walls are, and how sensitive you are on a given day all impact the challenge level of inserting (and keeping) the Lena Cup in place.

    I’m interested in using these panties because one of the things I’ve been doing in the last several years is just wearing granny panties with a thick lining or tissue to avoid having to insert anything or contribute to the landfill. I still do this on my light days.

    On a side note, I find something comforting and cleansing about menstruation. While many women curse it as a gross and inconvenient experience, every time I get my period I feel so grateful. As a woman who has no kids and doesn’t intend to, my period represents the function of my beautiful body. It’s an indicator of my mental and physical health. It’s also an opportunity for me to see things differently as my hormones ebb and flow. I love the compassion and sentimentality that comes over me, how incredibly clear my vision seems to get, and how intuitive I become. It far outweighs the cramps, bloating, mood swings, and breast tenderness. When I know my period is coming, it allows me to assess how the last few weeks have gone. Have I taken care of myself? Rested enough? Eaten well? Had good social interactions? Worked too much? Exercised?

    Now, I’m not one of those women who relish in having to “clean up my act” every four weeks. It’s not like I sit there staring into the toilet in awe. Nor am I about to use the blood in a ritual. But I do recognize menstruation as a cool function of a woman’s body. More than a gross inconvenience (BTW, that’s a belief implanted by a patriarchal society), If we pay attention to what our periods are saying to us, (i.e., really notice the quality), we become so much more capable of nurturing ourselves. Now, that, my dears, is a gift!

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  8. anitaliandish says:

    I have tried something like this years ago and I really liked it for several reasons, mostly because I was taking good care of the environment. It is also a bit of a savings because I was not buying pads and tampons every month. Thinx are a really great idea! I am happy to say that I am past menopause and am really enjoying this phase of my life, not to mention the absence of the monthly cycle and everything that goes with it. Thanks for a great post.

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  9. LP the Dreadhead Mermaid says:

    I use a cup and it is absolutely amazing how different it is from tampons! It has seriously changed how I view my period! It shortened it too! I had also heard about them putting in chemicals that lengthen your period and I absolutely believe it. I have a 2 day period now, (I never had a full 7 any way) I have a blossom cup but I had to try a couple to find which one was right for me. But once you do…wow. I don’t feel it, I don’t get super bloated anymore. I always despised pads so I can’t imagine liking reusable ones or the panties. My daughter is getting close to her first period and I have made some reusable pads for her and I might end up getting her the panties

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    • omprojectblog says:

      I might give them a try someday since it’s working for you… it just seems so uncomfortable! 😛 I was never a pad person either and I’m really happy with how absorbant the panties are while still being thin. They cost more, but they do last. The reusable pads are a little more bulky but not terrible, good to wear with jeans but not crazy tight yoga leggings. ❤


  10. theislandvegan says:

    Great post. I’ve heard about these panties but was scared of leakage. I may try them next month for my lighter days and just use organic tampons for the heavy flow days. I stopped buying plastic tampons and try to only get organic pads and cardboard tampons, but I do feel like I’m creating so much waste!

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