• Miscellaneous

    1 year off the pill

    A year ago I decided I would come off the pill. I started using it age 16 to regulate my period in hope that the period cramps would ease and the spots on my back would disappear. 8 years later, after researching eco-friendly ways to manage my period and finding linked articles about the contraceptive pill, I started to question why I was really on it. Initially I didn’t start taking the pill as a method of contraception. Like most teenagers, I went on it to manage my period. I knew a lot of people at that age who were also on the pill for similar reasons. Whether it was…

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    Journey to eco-friendly periods | The Disposables

    Welcome to the final instalment of my Journey to eco-friendly periods blog series, where I’ve been talking about the sustainable changes I’ve made to the way I manage my period. See the introduction to my journey, the first chapter about the cup, and the second about the pants. Even though the biggest changes I’ve made so far to my period routine have been switching to a cup and period knickers, I need to mention my switch to organic cotton disposables as they’re equally as sustainable. They’ve been the easiest change as, like most people, I was using disposable products like sanitary towels and tampons already. Before I started researching eco-friendly…

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    Journey to eco-friendly periods | The cup

    Welcome to my Journey to eco-friendly periods blog series, in which I discuss the ways I’ve changed how I manage my period so it is more sustainable. For the back story on why I decided to change my routine, including statistics on the plastic contained in common period products (like up to 4 plastic bags worth of plastic!) or how they’re harmful toward the planet, be sure to read the first part of my series. When talking about eco-friendly periods, it’s impossible not to mention menstrual cups as the two are pretty much synonymous. They were the first thing I looked into when making my switch to find environmentally friendly…

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    Journey to eco-friendly periods

    In my quest to live a more eco-friendly life, I was shocked to discover that traditional menstrual products like pads and tampons contain mostly plastic. According to statistics, some pads are made of up to 90% plastic! These products are thrown away after a single use and the plastic remains, which we know will have a long lifetime on this planet. Reading this information, I felt guilty that I had been using products that could be harsh towards my vagina as well as the environment. Given that I will continue to have periods for a while, I promised myself that in 2019 I would make sure my periods were sustainable…