Written by Shanthi Murugan and Jo Barry, Scarlet Period
In recent years, there has been a growing global movement towards sustainability and eco-friendly living. This shift extends to all aspects of our lives, including our menstrual hygiene products.
“It’s scary to know that more than 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are thrown out every year,” says Scarlet Period’s CEO, Jo Barry. “In the past women have had limited options for eco-friendly alternatives but now with the latest breakthroughs in reusable products, it’s exciting to see how those statistics will improve exponentially.”
Scarlet Period, is a pioneering brand in the menstrual care category and offers a range of innovative products, including menstrual cups and period-proof reusable underwear. If ever you’ve wanted to be swayed to make the switch, here are five amazing reasons why sustainable period products are the way to go.
1. Environmental Benefits
One of the most compelling reasons to switch to reusable menstrual products is the significant reduction in environmental impact. Disposable pads and tampons are typically made from non-biodegradable materials, and the average woman uses over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. These products end up in landfills and take hundreds of years to decompose, contributing to pollution and harming our planet.
“The amount of plastic in disposable pads is mind-blowing,” adds Jo. “With a pack equivalent to around 4 plastic bags.”
Opting to use reusable sanitary products over disposable ones can significantly help protect our planet. Scarlet Period's menstrual cup and period-proof underwear are made from high-quality, eco-friendly materials. The menstrual cup, made from medical-grade silicone, is designed for long-term use, with proper care, lasting for many years. Meanwhile, the period-proof underwear is crafted from breathable, sustainable fabrics that provide leak protection without the need for disposable pads or tampons. By choosing these products, women can significantly reduce their environmental footprint, making a positive impact on the planet.
2. Cost Efficiency
Disposable menstrual products can be a recurring expense that adds up quickly over time. In contrast, a menstrual cup and period-proof underwear are cost-effective options that can save women a substantial amount of money in the long term. While the initial investment might be higher, both reusable products have a long lifespan, making them far more economical.
“When you consider that most menstruating individuals use on average 22 disposable sanitary products per period, but you only need one menstrual cup or up to six pairs of period underwear per period - and they will last you around three years - the savings, in the long run, are huge,”
Jo Barry, Founder of Scarlet Period
“The menstrual cup, for example, costs $45 and can last for eight years, so instead of buying disposable pads and tampons every month you’re basically only spending $5.60 per year for one period cup.” Similarly, Scarlet Period's period-proof underwear can withstand numerous cycles and regular washing, making them a wise financial choice. Over time, the savings can be significant, allowing you to spend your money on something far more exciting.
3. Health Benefits
“Traditional disposable pads and tampons often contain harmful chemicals, synthetic materials, and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin and potentially lead to health issues.” explains Jo. “Scarlet Period's menstrual cup and period-proof underwear are free from such irritants, making them a cleaner choice. They are also chemical treatment-free so no PFAS in sight.”
The menstrual cup, made from medical-grade silicone, is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and safe to use. It does not disrupt the natural pH balance of the vaginal environment, reducing the risk of infections. Scarlet Period's period-proof underwear is also crafted from breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you dry and comfortable. The absence of chemicals and fragrances in both products minimises the risk of allergies, rashes, and discomfort, promoting better overall health and well-being.
4. Convenience and Comfort
A menstrual cup and period-proof underwear offer unparalleled convenience and comfort during your period. Many women find that the menstrual cup is easier to use than traditional tampons or pads once they get the hang of it. “I love that once the menstrual cup is inserted first thing in the morning, you don’t need to think about it or replace it until the end of the day as it can hold more fluid than tampons and pads and can be worn for up to 8 hours,” says Jo. “It’s a must-have for busy lifestyles.”
Also offering more convenient than traditional sanitary products, period-proof underwear are a leak-proof and secure option for women, eliminating the need for additional pads or tampons. They are discreet, easy to wash, and provide peace of mind throughout the day.
“Our Scarlet period underwear fits and feels just like regular underwear. They’re so comfortable that many of our customers wear them on a daily basis, even when they don’t have their periods,”
Jo Barry, Founder of Scarlet Period
The fabric is soft, breathable, and stretchy, ensuring a comfortable and snug fit. This added comfort and convenience can make periods less of a hassle and provide an overall better experience.
5. Sustainable Impact
By choosing reusable menstrual products, you can become an active participant in the sustainability movement. Every time you use a menstrual cup or period-proof underwear, you’re contributing to a reduction in waste and environmental pollution. This not only benefits the planet but also raises awareness about the importance of sustainable menstruation practices. “By making the switch to these innovative products, you can reduce your environmental impact, save money in the long run, and enjoy a healthier and more comfortable period experience. That seems like a win, win to us,” says Jo.