The Climate Crusader is talking reusable menstrual products.
Earlier this year Julia from Color Me Green shared her love for cloth pads, and Lunapads, specifically. The company is located here in Vancouver where I live, and I have had the privilege of meeting co-founders Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens on multiple occasions. I've even interviewed Madeleine for my podcast on my personal blog.
Like many people, when I first heard about reusable menstrual products I was somewhat baffled. I remember my mother talking about how, before the invention of disposable pads and tampons, women used rags. I remember feeling nothing but glad that I would never have to do that. However, after having babies and using cloth diapers, the idea of trying cloth pads didn't seem so strange. In fact, compared to toddler blowouts, cloth menstrual pads are downright tame.
I've tried a few different solutions when it comes to reusable menstrual products. What I've discovered is that there really isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. In the same way that people opt for different disposable solutions, you may find that one kind of reusable option works better for you than another. If you find that one option doesn't work, it's worth keeping an open mind and trying something else.
I've recently settled on a reusable menstrual solution that I love - the Diva Cup and Lunapanties. The Diva Cup is a reusable silicone menstrual cup, which is worn internally. If you want to know more about it, our own Eco Yogini has written a very informative post to explain more about how it works and dispel some common fears.
While I don't experience leaking with my Diva Cup, the truth is that there is often some spotting when I insert and remove it. There are also lighter days when a Diva Cup feels like overkill. That's where my beloved Lunapanties come in. Made by Luna Pads, the Lunapanties are underwear with a cloth pad lining sewn right in. Because they're all one piece, there's no slipping, twisting or bunching. They come in lots of different styles, too, so that you can rock a thong or hipster as you prefer. I'll admit to being more of a hipster girl myself, but whatever floats your boat.
I realize I sound a bit like an ad, here, but I'm not being compensated in any way for this post. I just really love my Diva Cup and Lunapanties!
Sometimes something that seems strange at first actually isn't that bad in practice. I've discovered and re-discovered this truth many times in my green journey. Just as I've gotten used to composting, shopping for products with less packaging and walking my kids to school, I've gotten used to using reusable menstrual products. I've also found that what works for my friend and what works for me may not be the same thing. Whether you love cloth pads, adore your menstrual cup, or go for something entirely different, by choosing reusable over disposable, you're making a difference every month, and that's what counts.
Do you use reusable menstrual products? Which ones? I'd love to hear!