From the end of the daily commute to working in pyjamas, lockdown caused by Covid-19 has changed our world. Many of us are now spending more time than ever at home. We are working, exercising and digitally socialising from our living rooms or bedrooms. As well as spending more time at home, lockdown has changed our lifestyle. We are socialising in different ways, shopping in different ways and looking after ourselves in different ways.
Lockdown and covid-19 has been extremely challenging. It has led to loss of life for millions across the globe and negative impacts on mental health. But could the change in lifestyle and spending more time at home perhaps allowed us to embrace sustainability or try a sustainable lifestyle for the first time?
Time, reflection and experimentation
As well as changing our habits, lockdown has allowed us to reflect and think more. The extra time we have and the lack of social engagements has perhaps allowed us the chance to Question or decisions and make more informed choices and test different behaviours from our own homes.
Lockdown has given many of us more time to try new things. Whether it be trying Tik Tok coffees, experimenting with new foods are trying a new home workout, Lockdown has given us the time to experiment.
More awareness about sustainability…
Lockdown also coincided with some of the biggest signals of the climate crisis and research has made us more aware of the direct impact our behaviours have on the planet. The 2020 wildfires created some of the most extraordinary and terrifying photographs ever. They were a stark reminder that no area of the world is immune from the consequences of climate change. Research surrounding the climate crisis has also become more mainstream with documentaries such as ‘David Attenborough: A life on our Planet’ receiving glowing reviews.
Has Covid-19 helped the environment?
Carbon emission sharply fell during lockdown. Images of the clear Venice canals, and increase in wildlife within our cities and blue skies over Delhi illustrated the changes.
Sustainable lifestyle choices
Time at home coupled with an increase in awareness about climate change has led many of us to try new sustainability tips. Perhaps spending the time to learn more about seasonal foods, trying to eat less meat, focusing on recycling or trying a new reusable product. Of course we have to be wary and realise that, spending more time at home may also lead to an increase in electricity and gas use and and increase in water use.
3 Lilypads Tips for trying to be more sustainable at home…
Reusable period products: Lockdown is the perfect time to try a reusable period product for the first time. You are able to go the bathroom as much as possible and it does not matter as much if you leak. You can learn more about your period and cut down your menstrual waste at the same time. Why not try our pads today.
Cut down water use: The average UK person uses 142 litres of water every day. Reducing your shower length by as little as a minute can save more than 5 gallons of water.Find out more.
Food waste: Food waste is most likely the largest part of your personal waste. Composting can be an amazing way to avoid this waste as food cannot degrade properly in landfill. By composting you will prevent the greenhouse gases released from food waste. Of course not everyone may have access to a garden. Contact your local council and share your desire to compost food- they can put you in touch with food recycling or local composting initiatives.
You may have heard or seen the phrase ‘Veganuary’ recently online. But what is Veganuary and why is it so important?
Veganuary is an annual challenge run by the non-profit organisation Veganuary. It began in 2014 and the mission is to encourage people to eat a vegan diet for the month of January. Amazingly, a record 500000 people have signed up to Veganuary in 2021 highlighting how popular the challenge has become.
What is a vegan diet?
A vegan diet encourages a plant focused diet and avoid any animal products such as meat or dairy. There can be variations in how people interpret animal products. Some will avoid products such as honey and others choose to consume it. Subsequently, there is a difference between a vegan diet and a vegan lifestyle. Those who chose a vegan lifestyle are more likely to have chosen to for ethical reasons. They avoid animal products in all aspects of their lives including clothing or toiletries.
Why 2021 is a good year for vegans…
The UK major supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi and Asda have all released new vegan ranges for the month providing lots more options. The way that supermarkets and food chains have embraced Veganuary has been game changing for vegans providing more options and replacements than ever before.
Why people go vegan…
There are a number of different reasons for choosing to reduce the amount of animal products in their diets. These include opposing animal suffering, improving health and reduce the negative impact of their diet on the environment. The environmental impact has come to forefront of the vegan discourse most recently with more and more research revealing the positive impact it can have.
The Veganuary envision a vegan world, “a world without animal farms or slaughterhouses”. A world where food production does not lead to climate crisis. Veganuary is predominately focused on the ethical and environmental impact and is not a challenge for weight loss despite what many might think.
Along with other areas of the sustainability movement, it is important to remember that not all lifestyle changes are accessible. We have to recognise that food inequality still exists in the UK and across the globe. Access to vegan food is not an equal playing field. Access to vegan foods is becoming more accessible and affordable however there is a lot of work to be done. It is important that we avoid judgemental veganism and realise that everyone should be fighting for a more fair and equal world collectively. We should encourage individuals to make the changes which work for them, even if that is partly changing a diet rather than encouraging an all or nothing attitude.
Find out more about sustainability through our podcast where we chat about almost ‘blood anything’.
Reusable period pads: Lilypads reflections and looking forward
Today, I thought I would look back on 2020 and shine a light on the inspiration behind our pads. Although I am not a fan of the ‘New year, new me’ narrative, I think the start of the year is always a nice reminder to pause and reflect. So, to start with let’s review how we got to where we are.
Looking back on 2020…
2020 was a challenging year of loss and listening. It has forced us to slow down, to lean in and learn more about the world we live in and the world we hope to live in.
I started working full-time for Lilypads in the Summer of 2020 (amongst the craziness) after graduating. So with a focus on reflection I thought I would share my Lilypads highlights with you today.
Crowdfunder: Although a pretty hectic period, the Crowdfunder is a massive highlight for me. We smashed our Crowdfunder target in a week with YOUR help. I cannot thank everyone who supported us enough.
The Time of the Week Podcast: Our podcast and social media has been an amazing way to connect with our customers. We love chatting about all the topics we love and get the chance to share a little bit of us with you. I am so excited to keep building on this community and connecting with our customers.
3. International work: Selling our pads has allowed us to work with amazing partners from around the world. For every pack we sell, we are able to sponsor a pack internationally. Consequently, using collaborative programmes we can help increase safe access to period products ensuring no one is limited by their period.
4. Dancing around the classroom: Lilypads education is one of my favourite aspects of what we do. Our programme is taught in a fun, inclusive and interactive way to try and tear down the stereotypes around puberty and periods. A real highlight for me was at the start of 2020 when we were still able to teach this in schools. Hopefully, we will be able to resume this at some point…
A massive step for Lilypads has been finally sharing our reusable period pads with you. Since starting selling these on our website we have also began to improve our pads based on feedback from our incredible customers.
So what is the inspiration behind our pads?
Reusable period pads are a comfy and sustainable alternative to disposable period pads. When we began developing our pads for our international model we tested these on our friends and family. The feedback we got was amazing and we quickly realised that many people with periods hated their current product.
They found them itchy or wasteful or hated having to use a plastic pad to back up their cup or tampon. We strongly believe in sustainability and believe it should not sacrifice comfort or effectiveness and should not be a luxury. Our pads are designed to be super comfortable, absorbent and discreet. They are designed to work well and make you feel comfortable throughout the day as well as cutting the carbon footprint of disposable pads by 90%.
Different pads with different aims
You may have seen on our website we have a range of our products including Back up pads, superstar pads, active pads and night pads. Each of these aims to solve a problem which people with periods commonly find with their current products. So what is the inspiration behind one of these?
Let’s start with the Backup Pads…
Why back up? We wanted to create a pad which could be used as a backup to internal products. We know that cups, tampons and discs can sometimes leak. That’s expected. We also know that even if we haven’t experienced a leak many of us will use a pad just in case. Extra reassurance is not a bad thing. It allows us take on the day, ace that presentation at work, get a PB in our running race smash a new dance move.
We designed our back-up pads with you in mind. Our team have periods. We know that sometimes the cup can just be a pain and not work or sometimes leak through our own experiences. We wanted to create a comfy pad which is not bulky or obvious. It is soft, thin and discreet. Perfect for extra reassurance without adding a monthly cost or a crinkly feeling.
Want to try our pads or find out more? Click here.
The past year has been one of learning, challenges and reflection. The impact that climate change is having on our planet has become more and more apparent. Sustainability has become a focus for many of us moving forward. As it is the start of the year, we thought we would share some of our tips for reducing your waste this January. Reducing waste can be an amazing way to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Waste is not the only issue
Before we start, we know that sustainability and climate change are complex. Within these movements there are inequalities accessibility issues which have to be addressed. The tips we share are some ideas at an individual level to help reduce waste. We hope they can help those who are able to make these changes and we hope that in the future more and more of us are able to make them.
So let’s dive into some of our personal favourite tips for reducing waste
Ask yourself some questions…
A really easy and free way to stop waste is not purchasing in the first place. Simply saying no creating a carbon footprint of an item can have a massive impact on reducing your waste. Not only do you avoid contributing to the demand for goods but you are cutting out the risk of you wasting it. Where you purchase something from can also have a massive environmental impact. Are your products being flown in? Does the company make an effort to reduce their environmental impact? Can your item be reused or recycled? Before you make a purchase make sure to ask yourself some key questions, where is this item coming from? Do I trust the brand? Do I really need this? Will this item make a positive or negative environmental impact on my life?
Reusable cup or bottle
A simple purchase but a really useful one. By refilling a water bottle instead of buying disposable plastic bottles can really reduce your daily waste. Plastic bottles take up to 450 years to break down. A reusable bottle can cut down the amount of this waste drastically. If you do buy a plastic bottle try and reuse and refill it instead of just throwing it away.
Food waste is most likely the largest part of your personal waste. Composting can be an amazing way to avoid this waste as food cannot degrade properly in landfill. By composting you will prevent the greenhouse gases released from food waste. Of course not everyone may have access to a garden. Contact your local council and share your desire to compost food- they can put you in touch with food recycling or local composting initiatives.
Do not forget water waste
Sometimes it is easy to forget that water for many is not as easy as just turning on a tap. As humans, we should be more aware that water is not as ‘freely available’ as we might think. Water shortages are real issues which not only effect countries around the world but can affect the UK. We should be more considerate and aware of this moving forward. Wasting water also has a negative impact on the environment. Our demand for water is higher than it has ever been. To meet this demand we are forced to pull fresh water from other natural means. The regeneration of this water is much slower than extracting it. Extracting more water, as you may have guessed, is unsustainable as it involved multiple steps which many will rely on fossil fuel energy.
The average UK person uses 142 litres of water every day. 68% of this comes from the bathroom. A dual flush toilet can help save 7000 litres of water per person per year. However, for toilets without this a water displacement device can be placed in the cistern to save on water. Finally, reducing your shower length by as little as a minute can save more than 5 gallons of water. Find out more.
Lilypads favourite tips for saving waste is cutting down menstrual waste. People with periods will use over 11000 period products in their lifetime. Each year Scotland sends 1.6 billion disposable period pads to landfill. These can be made of up to 90% plastic and therefore take years to degrade. By swapping out disposable period products either entirely or partly with a reusable option, you can drastically cut this waste. Try our reusable pads today.
We hope these tips can help you make small changes to your lifestyle which can have a massive impact on reducing your waste.
‘Tis the season for festive fun. But are periods festive? Well today, we are going to dive into the magical world of period gifts and festive fun. A massive shout out to the amazing people who managed to create such unique gifts.
1. A uterus shaped pillow
Your uterus might not feel as happy as this pillow but we think this is a fab way to start. This cute uterus shaped pillow is perfect for cosy days and stress relief. It is surely going to make you smile!
2. Period Board Game
The Period game (yes you heard us correctly) is a fantastic fun gift for all. Not only is it a bit of light hearted fun but it is a great way to learn. A period board game seems the perfect period gift.
Period Power is an incredible book starting with a story of Nadya’s first period. It challenges the stigma and misconceptions surrounding periods and is super accessible and informative. A definite read and a fab period gift.
4. A swear-filled colouring book
This is a perfect way for relieving stress and venting through paper. Enjoy the relaxation of colouring with space to share frustrations and have a laugh.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils can be a great way to relieve period pain and tension. PMS ease has a blend of floral and fruity scents that make you feel more relaxed.
6.A bold T
The hello I am menstruating t-shirt is great way to challenge the stigma surrounding periods. It is fun and bold- a perfect period gift.
7. Lilypads reusable period pads
Reusable period pads are a great way to reduce your environmental waste created by periods as well as save some money. Our pads are super comfy and soft making the perfect period gifts.
So you are fed up of using the plastic crinkly disposable pads. You are looking for a comfy, sustainable alternative or a backup to tampons or cups. You have probably come across reusable pads and reusable period pants.
But how do you pick between the two?
Well today, I am going to give you a rapid overview of both. Hopefully this will help you make a more informed decision or will convince you to try one for the first time.
Reusable products can be a great way to cut down on plastic waste. Disposable products can contain up to 90% plastic and with the average person using over 11000 over their lifetime that is a lot of waste. Think of all the time you will save not having to empty the bathroom bin or having to go to the shops every month. Reusable products are always there which can be a great way to save time and money. Reusable underwear and pads are worn then removed, washed and reused. This means you may need more than one to get you through. Most reusables can be washed with your regular washing so no extra washing is needed.
So let’s start with period pants…
Reusable period pants entered period world pretty recently and has been rapidly growing. Period pants are what they says on the tin. Rather than adding products to your underwear you buy underwear with absorbent material built in. Pretty cool! Reusable period underwear can be great for wearing as a backup or alone. However the absorption will vary for different products and brands to make sure to check.Period underwear can be a great way to try a new product. There are lots of companies selling reusable underwear including Thinx, WUKA and Modibodi. Find out more on their websites to learn more.
Now let’s chat about reusable pads
So reusable pads are probably more recognisable. Reusable period pads are period pads made from textile absorbent materials. They are attached to your underwear using wings which fasten using poppers or buttons. Reusable period pads can be made of a variety of different materials depending on the brand but generally they have a soft material for the outside top layer, an absorbent material for the middle layer and a waterproof bottom layer. This ensures that the pads can absorb liquid but feel soft and comfortable.Reusable pads can be another easy swap. Either to back up an internal product or to use alone. They differ to reusable underwear as they are worn as well as your normal underwear.
But what one for you?
For some, reusable period pads may be easier or more accessible. Reusable pads tend to be cheaper than underwear allowing you to buy more pads. Pads may also be easier to change throughout the day compared to underwear however this is a personal preference. For others who do not want to use pads, underwear may work better. Other than slight differences, both products are great ways to cut down your plastic waste. They can be an ideal additional product or a product to be used alone.
Fancy trying reusable pads? Lilypads are super soft and absorbent and are available in packs as small as 2 to start you off with. Shop now.
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