Every May 28, nonprofits, government agencies, the private sector, the media, and individuals come together to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day. The very fact we are celebrating World Menstrual Hygiene Day shows how far we have come, as up until recently, periods were confined to women’s toilet cubicles and were a complete taboo in the public sphere.
Abbreviated as MH day, it aims to raise awareness and combat taboos associated with menstrual hygiene so that girls and women around the world are not restricted from realising their true potential.
The theme of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020:
The theme of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 is ‘Periods in Pandemics’. While the COVID-19 pandemic brought our everyday lives to a halt, some things were immune from the global health crisis. Periods, among them. The world’s current situation has already brought gendered impacts to light – an increase in domestic violence and female employees as the hardest hit by job losses among them – but period poverty around the world is at an all-time high.
Ways to have a sustainable period:
Most of us are familiar with disposable sanitary pads, as they’re often available in drugstores, supermarkets, and so on. However, reusable pads are an eco-friendly alternative to all of that waste. Cloth pads are most similar to sanitary pads, in that you simply put them in your underwear and they absorb your flow. When they’re ready to be changed, instead of tossing them, you rinse them in cold water, then add them into your laundry cycle.
If you’re not a fan of using an insertion product, period “panties” might be the perfect fit. Essentially, these are pairs of absorbent underwear that catch your flow, no other products needed. They’re more expensive than a standard pair of underwear, and depending on your flow, you’ll likely need several pairs per cycle, to make time for washing and drying.
They’re an alternative to tampons that catches your flow while the cup is inserted. Unlike a tampon, it’s not absorbent. Throughout the day, you empty your cup, clean it properly, and reinsert it. Menstrual cups can cut down on a lot of waste.
Tampons Without An Applicator
Every time you use a tampon without an applicator, you’re creating less waste than with a standard tampon brand. If tampons are the best choice for you and your needs, using a brand without an applicator might be a good compromise for the planet.
Similar to the reusable menstrual cups, Softdiscs, sometimes known as “soft cups,” is inserted into the vagina and is meant to collect your flow without absorbing it. However, Softdiscs aren’t reusable. Generally, it’s suggested that you can go longer between changes than with a tampon, which helps to reduce waste. Soft discs may be a great alternative for people who are uneasy with the maintenance and hygiene required of reusing a menstrual cup, or who want to test how a cup feels before taking the plunge.