Aunt Flo: The Environment and Mother Earth

Aunt Flo dishes on what you can do to make your period more environmentally friendly in 2020.

Happy 2020 ladies! Pew pew pew *airhorn* We made it! Hope everyone had a restful and hella chill holiday season, and you’re all ready to tackle all that comes your way in the new year.

While all of you sent me some wonderful questions, a few of you dropped in with one important question, 

“WTH CAN I DO FOR PLANET EARTH??”

Mother Earth isn’t in a great state and we don’t have much time, so let’s get to it! 

It’s so easy to feel helpless in the face as something as big as climate change. UGH, it's SCARY. Thankfully, there are lots of little things we can do! You’ve probably heard about cutting out things like plastic straws, grocery bags and water bottles, but did you know there’s also a lot you can be doing when it comes to your period! Yeah! Your period! I said it! Who woulda thought! 


Turns out, periods aren’t greeaaaaat for the environment (not your fault!). A single menstruator can use up to 15,000 disposable period products in their lifetime. Disposable menstrual products have been filling up landfills since Kotex created the first pad in the 1920s. Get spooked by this, because pads, tampons and their packaging contain a whole BUNCH of harmful chemicals like polyethylene, chlorine, rayon and dioxin. These then sit in landfills which gets soaked up by our beautiful Mother Earth. 


Here’s one super simple thing you can do to make your period eco-friendly. Leakproof, absorbent period undies are a great thing to have if you want to tackle your period and climate change. Knixteen’s Period-proof underwear have a built-in liner that absorbs up to 3 tsps of blood and can be worn and washed over and over and over and over again. Instead of wearing a liner or pad on light days, you can just wear these undies solo! If you have an extra heavy flow, these can still be worn to replace a pad/liner while wearing a tampon or diva cup. 


There are a few other things you can do too. Menstrual cups might seem a bit scary at first, but they’re a great sustainable alternative to tampons or pads. Instead of the chemicals in your individually wrapped single-use period products, cups are made from healthcare grade silicone. They’re reusable and super safe! If you’re curious about them, you can check out our handy menstrual cup guide here. Tell your pals!


I could use your advice on this too! If you have any hacks that will make your period more “in sync” with Mother Earth, let us know on Instagram @Knixteen

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