Green Periods is an initiative on sustainable menstruation. Sustainable menstruation means periods are managed in a safe, economical, accessible, and ecological way over the long run. Green Periods' mission is to encourage sustainable menstruation that is good for people, planet, and the wallet.
According to the Green Periods Calculator data estimates, reusable menstrual products are 30 times cheaper and generate 5,000 times less waste than disposables.
We have compiled a table for you to compare some of the most common menstrual products and their properties. It's a lot of information and we have tried to simplify it as best we can.
|Menstrual Product||Materials||Median Lifetime Cost (USD)||Median Lifetime Waste (lbs)||Average Lifespan (yrs)||Insertion||Wear time (hrs)||Health risk||Suggested care|
|Reusable menstrual cup||Medical grade silicone or latex||300||0.7||10||Yes||12||Medium||Empty and wash with soap every 12 hrs|
|Reusable disc||Medical grade silicone||480||0.97||10||Yes||12||Medium ||Empty and wash with soap every 12 hrs|
|Reusable pad||Fabrics||480||2.11||5||No||6||Medium ||Hand or machine wash|
|Reusable tampon||Fabrics||70||3.52||5||Yes||6||High ||Hand or machine wash|
|Reusable underwear||Fabrics||1920||6.73||5||No||6||Medium ||Hand or machine wash|
|Reusable panty liner||Fabrics||444||1.03||5||No||6||Medium ||Hand or machine wash|
|Reusable sea sponge||Natual sea sponges||1813.33||2.18||0.5||Yes||6||High ||Rinse once a day|
|Disposable organic cotton pad||Organic cotton||4420||406.43||0||No||6||Medium ||Toss after use, landfill waste|
|Disposable pad||Bleached rayon, cotton, plastic, others||3360||229.94||0||No||6||Medium ||Toss after use, landfill waste|
|Disposable panty liner||Bleached rayon, cotton, plastic, others||4320||263.03||0||No||6||Medium ||Toss after use, landfill waste|
|Disposable tampon||Bleached rayon, cotton, plastic, others||3840||238.66||0||Yes||6||High ||Toss after use, landfill waste|
|Disposable disc||Plastic, other||480||17.95||0||Yes||12||Medium ||Toss after use, landfill waste|
Not a menstruator? No problem, you can still be a part of the Green Periods movement and become a green influence for the menstruators in your life!