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    11 Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Your Current Period Products

    Your period doesn't have to cost the earth.

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    1. This menstrual cup is a good long-term investment if you’re sick of emergency tampon runs.

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    You can wear this cup from the heaviest days of your period right through to the lightest, and for up to 12 hours at a time too, so no more waking up in the middle of the night to change your pad. Customers love how the Saalt cup is firm but ridiculously soft at the same time, which means it holds its shape and fits into place easily (no awkward maneuvering needed here) but is also so comfortable that once it’s in, you’ll forget it’s there.

    Price: £24.99 available in sizes small and regular.

    2. These reusable sanitary towels have a waterproof outer layer, so you don’t have to worry about leaking!

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    They also have two layers of super-absorbent microfibre fabric to help keep you dry, and a layer of antibacterial bamboo fibre which lies against your skin. The set comes with two waterproof carry bags, so you can keep your wet pads separate from the dry. Customers appreciate how thin yet absorbent they are, and the fact that they’re great if you have sensitive skin.

    Price: £11.99 for five reusable pads and two wet bags.

    3. These reusable sea sponges are an all-natural alternative to using tampons.

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    These sponges might not look like a typical menstrual product, but users swear they’re just as absorbent as using a tampon! The best part is that they contain no chemical additives (they’re literally sponges that grow naturally and are ethically harvested from the sea bed) you just have to make sure you clean them properly before each use. Now, the unique texture and application method does take some getting used to but according to reviewers, once they’re in place you can’t feel them at all.

    Price: £18.95 - £21.95 for five sponges depending on size.

    4. If you don’t want to try something reusable, you can still go for the organic option. These sanitary pads are biodegradable and entirely plastic free!

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    Customers really appreciate that these pads don’t have any harsh chemicals, so they’re super kind to the sensitive skin ~down there~. They also swear that these pads are more breathable, comfortable, and absorbent than regular ones.

    Price: £7.98 for 14 pads.

    5. And if you’re more of a tampon kinda gal, you can stick to something familiar with these tampons that are biodegradable and applicator free.

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    These are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, and again, contain 0% plastic (including the packaging). Customers report they are easy to apply compared to other applicator-free tampons, are comfortable to wear, and don’t leak!

    Price: £5.90 for a box of 20 tampons.

    6. And if you think you might leak while getting used to something new, these period pants will give you a bit of extra protection.

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    These are made of moisture-wicking cotton so are pretty leak proof, have a wide back coverage, and high-waisted design, which will hold in your stomach to help with cramps. Now, you will still have to wear some form of protection (these knickers aren’t a replacement for a tampon or menstrual cup) but they’re great for days when you know your flow will be particularly heavy, or you want to avoid leaks at ALL costs.

    Price: £17.99 for a set of three.

    7. These microwavable heating packs are made using 100% natural wheat and lavender, and will help to ease your period pain.

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    You can quickly heat this in the microwave (a minute and a half is plenty of time) and it’s good to go. The wheat spreads out into a long rectangle, which is easy to wrap around your abdomen to soothe those dreaded cramps. Customers love how this smells of lavender, and has just the right amount of filling so is comfortable to lie on when flat. You can also wrap this around your feet or over your shoulders in the colder months.

    Price: £5.39 - £5.99 depending on colour.

    8. You can try this hormone-balancing essential oil blend for a natural alternative to pain medication.

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    This little roll-on has an essential oil blend of clary sage, lavender, geranium, and peppermint – basically little hero ingredients that will help to calm your PMS-suffering, irritable self by balancing your hormones, soothing your cramps, and just generally making you feel more relaxed. It’s got just the right amount of each essential oil too, which are premixed with almond oil and all come in a handy lil’ roll-on that you can take with you everywhere.

    Price: £14.99

    9. Chamomile tea is the BEST for soothing your PMS symptoms, these tea bags are 100% biodegradable and come in plastic-free packaging.

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    These tea ‘temples’ contain whole chamomile flowers instead of crushed-up leaves (à la other brands) giving you more of the soothing benefits and a superior flavour – customers say you can brew it for much longer with no bitter or harsh taste!

    Price: £10.00 for a pack of 50 tea bags.

    10. This vegan intimate wash with 100% natural tea tree oil will help to keep you fresh ~down there~.

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    It also contains lactic acid, which helps to minimise itching, irritation, and unwanted odours from your lady area. And you can always keep using it throughout the month: this wash helps to reduce razor rash and prevent ingrown hairs after intimate shaving – an added bonus!

    Price: £9.49

    11. And finally, these intimate wipes are biodegradable and PH balanced – for staying fresh while on the go.

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    These vegan wipes are locally produced, naturally sourced, and cruelty free. Customers love them for their ease of use and the fact that you can flush them away without having to worry about their environmental impact, plus they’ll just look really pretty in your bag (it’s the little things, okay!)

    Price: £3.75 for a pack of 20 wipes.