How do you reduce plastic waste?

plastic waste

Environmental issues are increasing in awareness. While there is a huge focus on issues such as climate change, global warming and overall plastic pollution, discussion about period product waste is less known. Today we are going to look at how to reduce your plastic waste and we’ll try and give you a couple of tips for sustainability along the way. 

Periods and plastic waste

Typically, menstruation starts in your teenage years. Since then I bet that you have long since lost track of how many tampons and pads you have used whether you are a newbie to periods or you are a connoisseur. 

Period pads contain a lot of plastic in them. Some brands contain up to 90% plastic, this can pollute the environment and end up in landfill. Tampons and their applicators also contribute to the pollution of Earth and global littering of beaches. 

On average, women use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime. By switching to reusable period pads you can cut that plastic down drastically and made a difference! 

How do you cut this down?

Not only is switching to washable pads great for the environment, but it is also great for your purse as you do not need to buy products every month. Just pop them in your underwear like you do a disposable pad, rinse after use with cold water and throw in the wash on a cold cycle! To preserve the life of your cloth pads line-dry them instead of using the dryer. 

Cloth pads are the way forward to reduce your plastic waste alongside other sustainable menstrual products like the menstrual cup and period pants. They are eco-friendly, comfortable and discreet.

We still have a lot of work to do. Please help Lilypads with their mission to make periods more equal as well as reduce the waste created from period products. Explore our blog page for more info about periods and follow us on Instagram for regular quick tips.

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Lilypads began in 2018 after we discovered that many young students were being forced to engage in transactional sex in exchange for period products. These students were being forced to risk their lives and health just to remain in school.

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