Zero Waste Period

Ladies! It’s time we talked about our periods. Since I started to live a Zero Waste Lifestyle, I had to find alternatives for quite a few things, inter alia alternatives for tampons and disposable pads. During my research, I discovered not only how bad and toxic feminine hygiene products can be for you, but also that there are amazing alternatives that are not only risk-free, but easier to use and -get this- way cheaper!

On average, a woman will, in her lifetime, use
more than 11,000 tampons or pads, so you can only imagine how much trash that produces. But not just that. I recently read an article in the Huffington Post on how toxic feminine hygiene products

can actually be and decided I wanted to make a change in order to avoid exposure to stuff I can’t even pronounce.

 So here are the alternatives I found, tried and liked:

 Reusable Pads

Why you should consider switching to reusable pads:

  • Reusable pads can be used for up to 10 years, which saves you quite a bit of money.
  • You won’t be producing any waste since it is a one-time purchase.
  • You know what’s in it and the material is not harmful or even toxic for your body.
  • Reusable pads are a lot more comfortable to wear since they don’t slide around as easily.
  • Reusable pads absorb the smell better than disposable ones.

Let’s do the math 

1 box of organic cotton pads/month

At 7 boxes of organic cotton

12 reusable pads and a bag to put them in/one time

One-time purchase

€7 ($7.91)

€49 ($55.39)

€ 63 ($71.22)

€ 63 ($71.22 )

Overall costs

Overall costs

€ 490 ($553.94)  in 10 Years

€ 63  ($71.22) in
10 Years

I found this amazing YouTube channel by Bree Farmer (17), CEO and Founder of Precious Stars,

which is the coolest website to buy colourful, playful but still affordable reusable pads in different shapes and sizes that are made from high quality materials. In her channel, Bree gives you detailed  info on everything you need to know about reusable pads and menstrual cups and also shows you how to make them yourself.

The Menstrual Cup

Why you should consider using a menstrual cup  instead of tampons


  • No risk of TSS
  • There is no moisture taken away from inside your vagina walls, therefore it won’t dry out your vagina
  • You can leave them in longer ( up to 12 hours)
  • No waste
  • It is very convenient, since you never run out

I know, it looks a little frightening at first but let me tell you: I
used it once and decided then and there that I am never going back to
anything else.
The menstrual cup is, in my opinion, the
cleanest, most comfortable and easiest way to deal with your period and
it’s cheaper too.

Let’s do the math


1 box of organic cotton tampons/month

At 12 boxes of organic cotton

1 menstrual cup/one time purchase

One time purchase

€6.00 ($6,78)

€72 ($82,44)

€ 35 ($39,57)

€ 35 ($39,57)

Overall costs

Overall costs

€720 ($824,40) in
10 Years

€ 35 ($39,57) in 10 Years

So basically the
amount of money you spend on your period within 10 years buying disposable feminine hygiene
products is about €1.210 ($1367.89), whereas the amount you spend when using reusable
pads and a menstrual cup adds up to only € 98. I mean that’s a no-brainer.

And last but not least a little tip from me to you:

If you own an iPad or tablet or any kind of smart phone use the amazing link in the “links list” below for a free, very easy to use period tracker, in order to get to know your body and understand your fertility.

Helpful Links for the ladies (check for updates)

I would love to read about your experiences with reusable feminine products. Leave a comment or tweet me @thewastedblog using #favorite


  • Reed
    September 10, 2017

    This is great! Just over a year ago I started considering replacing my period products and ended up going with Thinx period panties. I love them! They’re so comfortable, are zero waste, and I don’t have to worry about leaking as much.

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