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19 Billion Disposable Feminine Products End Up In Landfills Every Year

And that's just in the U.S.

In Australia, more than 660 million disposable feminine products end up in landfills every year. Even worse, in the United States alone, approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are discarded each year. These numbers are quite frightening. But how do we begin to solve this problem? There are so many things that need feminine hygiene products for, like getting through our periods. How do we find a product that we can re-use? Well, there are two websites we love to use to shop for feminine hygiene products online. For that, we recommend checking out our recommendations below!

Lola

Here in the United States, we love Lola. This online website sells eco-friendly feminine hygiene products. Lola has everything from period essentials to sexual wellness products. They use 100% certified organic cotton. No toxins, dyes, or synthetic fibers. This means you’ll have a softer-than-soft period product with superior leak protection. Lola also donates many of their period products to people in need. They also have amazing feminine hygiene menstrual cups! And even period panties.

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The Loop Cup by Hevea

Leading eco store, Biome has introduced to the Australian market the Loop Cup by Hevea. It’s a completely biodegradable menstrual cup made from 100 percent natural rubber providing a plastic and waste-free option for conscious consumers. In Australia, more than 660 million disposable feminine products end up in landfills every year. One of the most successful ways to reduce waste from sanitary products is to opt for a reusable product, like menstrual cups. They may sound like something completely new but menstrual cups are not a new invention. In fact, they have been around since the 1930s, made with hard rubber at that time.

Now, you make them from flexible medical-grade silicone. Although these menstrual cups provide a waste-free option to disposable sanitary items. Silicone has to be sent to a special facility to be properly recycled. Because of this, many users throw away silicone at the end of its life where it sits without breaking down for centuries.

Loop Cup, on the other hand, is completely biodegradable and at the end of its life. It can be placed in a compost bin or buried in the garden saving the waste of the cup itself and thousands of disposable sanitary items. Loop Cup retails for $59.95 and is available at Biome in-store and online. For more information, visit Biome here.

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