• Danielle Pender

Dr. Bajekal's Guide to Vegan, Eco-Friendly Feminine Hygiene

Updated: Aug 29



Did you know…

“Sanitary ware including menstrual pads, tampons and panty liners now amounts to 200,000 tonnes of environmental waste. A woman will go through an average of more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime.” -Dr. Nitu Bajekal

Traditional feminine hygiene products are single-use and loaded with chemicals. As a woman, I don't want to use those products in or on my body, and definitely not every month!


Dr. Nitu Bajekal, a friend of VeganMed and one of the top plant-based women's health experts, recently posted a great guide on reducing the environmental impact of feminine hygiene products (you can the Instagram post here). VeganMed has done the leg work and curated several products to help you switch over to kinder feminine hygiene choices. Below are a few of our favorites!


Click HERE to view our complete collection of eco-friendly, animal-free feminine hygiene products.

NatraCare Natural Ultra Pads with Wings

NatraCare is a slim-fitting pad with wings for light flow or flow at the end of your period. This pad features a cotton cover and is filled with wood pulp for absorbency vs. the powdered gel polymers found in traditional pads.

NatraCare is free of plastic, fragrance, GMO ingredients, and chlorine. The pads are biodegradable and compostable.

Ingredients:

  • Pad - Certified organic cotton, ecologically certified cellulose pulp, plant starch, non-toxic glue Wrapper- Paper peel strip, paper pocket

  • Packaging - Recycled cardboard printed with vegetable-based ink

Click HERE to Order from Amazon

o.b. Organic Tampons with New Plant-Based Applicator

o.b. is a familiar brand that has made changes to their product line to offer cleaner options! This tampon features their Tru-Comfort applicator, of which is 92% plant-based and made from renewable resources. The tampons are 100% cotton, and free from chlorine, dyes, and fragrances.

Material: Cotton


Click HERE to Order from Amazon

Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads


Want to make an even bigger impact? Consider reusable pads! I made the switch several years ago, and love the comfort of a cloth liner. These reusable pads are easy to clean and maintain. Beyond just being biodegradable, these pads actively reduce the amount of plastic waste from menstrual products...and they're super cute! As a bonus, each package comes with 1 leak-free wet bag for easy hygiene on-the-go.


These bamboo cloth pads are free from chemicals such as chlorine, dyes, and fragrances.


Ingredients:

  • Outer Shell - 100% leak-free lamination fabric

  • Inner -100% bamboo charcoal against ladies skin for utmost comfort.

Click HERE to Order from Amazon


Flex Menstrual Cup



Menstrual cups, like reusable pads, actively reduce the amount of plastic waste from menstrual products. This is a great option for those of you who prefer tampons but still want to reduce waste. Flex Menstrual Cups are made of medical-grade silicone (latex-free!) and are FDA registered, hypoallergenic, and BPA/phthalate free.


Flex Menstrual Cups are available in slim and full sizes. According to Flex's website, "For most people, either size will work...it really comes down to choosing the best fit for your comfort and capacity needs; if you're a first-time cup user or have a light to medium flow we recommend the Slim Fit. The Slim should work out for heavy flows as well, you just may find that you have to empty it and reinsert a bit before the 12hr mark. If you have a flow that is on the heavier side or have had multiple vaginal births, try the Full Fit out!"


Click HERE to Order SLIM SIZE on Amazon

Click HERE to Order FULL SIZE on Amazon

Disclaimer:  The product and/or medical information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product.

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