Everything you wanted to know about zero waste periods, but were afraid to ask.
After years of slowly progressing to better period products, I’ve finally found my groove with a zero waste period system. As I’ve done so, I’ve wondered about how this would work for teens. So I asked one. A lot of what she describes, applies to anyone who has a period. From school bathrooms to work bathrooms, changing or cleaning period products can be a challenge. Menstruating teens and parents alike (especially those that are postpartum or perimenopausal) can experience irregular periods making options like period underwear attractive solutions for unpredictable days. Keep reading to learn more about how these challenges can be overcome.
Got a teen that may be ready to move to a zero-waste period? Here are some things to consider:
From a Beatrice Mellsop (a teen that uses zero waste period products) —
Want to switch to a zero or low-waste period? Here are some brands to look into.
FWIW, there’s a huge world of period product reviews on YouTube, especially from teens directly. Curious about any of these products? Hop on over there to find a great review (some of which are linked below.)
- Thinx — Average price $40, has high absorbency options and styles for teens and non-binary individuals.
- Knix — Average price $28, has options for teens and non-binary individuals.
- Sustain — Price $30
- Lunapads — Average price $40, has best options for non-binary individuals.
- Modibody — Average price $25, Australian company, also has teen (with the cutest non-binary-friendly boy shorts of any of the brands!) and swim options.
- Which menstrual cup is right for me? (Quiz)
- How to pick a cup (video)
- Cup comparison tool — I’m a fan of the Femmycycle — great for postpartum, has teen and low-cervix options.
Organic disposable brands (tampons + pads)
- Lola (if possible, avoid the plastic applicator)
- Yoni (available in the Netherlands)
Make your own pads — Did you cloth diaper? If your diapers don’t have much life left in them, they can be upcycled to be pads!
PS- I personally found that tampons made my cramps worse. In an effort to get at the root of this, I found this great post on getting rid of period cramps.