I was wondering if you had any advice for eco-friendly period management?
Namely I’m talking about special underwear you wear when you have your period or the cotton “pads” that you wash and reuse. I’ve seen a few ads but I have no idea where to start or good brands. -Stacey
I have been wondering the same thing too. So I reached out to the Homies on Facebook for their advice. And we got a veritable flood (flow?) of great suggestions for eco-friendly period management…
Although you asked about period underwear specifically, I know that a lot of people swear by the Diva/menstrual cups. They’re washable and reusable, can be used for years before a new one is needed, and it lets you track how much your flow is. Although a lot of Homies use a combo of the cup and cloth panties or pads…
I love Thinx. They hold a lot. I use them both on their own and in conjunction with my diva cup if I feel like I need backup.To clarify, I use my Thinx on light start/end days. Occasionally I use Thinx and the cup on day 2/3 when it’s a nightmare. -Nicole
I love my Thinx, and use them frequently since I have a generally medium-light flow. -Anna
Diva Cup paired with Thinx panties on heavy days in case of overflow. This combo has LIBERATED me from my period! -Megan
Gladrags is a nice brand! They sell reusable pads and liners in fun patterns. -Melissa
GladRags are awesome. I have some pads of theirs that are almost 20 years old and still going strong! -Jenn
I’ve bought Lunapads and those are good. Very soft and comfy brand new. Though the fabric gets a bit rough after a bunch of washes. The Diva cup I LOVE. After using it I would never go back to disposable tampons. -Elisa
Also a Lunapads user here. I got them as pantie liners originally, cause disposable ones are drying as hell in a dry climate, and quickly ended up ordering more stuff from them. The fabric definitely does get rougher, but it doesn’t ever anywhere near the feeling of disposables in my experience. -Suzy
I have several of the top rated brands of cloth pads from amazon. Hibaby, Love My®, LBB, and Dahlia are my favorites. I use similar washing protocols to what people do for cloth diapers. I love my cloth pads! (Wegreeco is also highly rated but they’re very narrow and better if you are a smaller person.) All the brands I mentioned feel great! If you’re only doing pantyliners, I’d get the small size Dahlia pads, they’re the softest. They are all thicker than disposable pads because fabric rather than chemicals is being used, but the Dahlia brand is much slimmer than my others. None of them feel plasticy. -Lori
I wrote an article about this (hope it’s ok to share) that covers a few options: A Bloody Waste | Eco-Friendly Periods. -Annie
There’s a Facebook group called Put A Cup In It that has lots of advice on all kinds of ecologically sound menstrual products and a quiz to help you decide what cup to go for (if you want to try a cup). -Xandri
My favorite sex blog, Oh Joy Sex Toy, just posted this: Period Panties by Niki Smith! Do a search on their site for other period related things, they’re a great resource. -Cassy
Anyone else have advice for eco-friendly period management?