Zero waste – Period: Using a menstrual cup

Using a menstrual cup.

When I am on my period, I use a menstrual cup and I have done so for more than a year.


I get a lot of comments about how wrong it is but I do not understand at all. Using a menstrual cup is healthier, easier, more sustainable and more economical. And it is both zero waste! Did you know that a woman will use 3600 pads or tampons on average in 10 years? And that all ends up on a landfill somewhere, destroying our planet.

Why I use a menstrual cup over pads and tampons:

  • While tampons and pads absorb a menstrual cup simply collects, which eliminates irritation and dryness while ensuring the natural PH balance is kept intake.
  • Pads and tampons often contain problematic additives and chemicals like perfume, lotion, glue, chlorine and bleach while menstrual cups are made from silicone, a natural material that is both hygienic and antibacterial.
  • A menstrual cup is reusable in contrast to pads and tampons that you have to purchase continuously.
  • You only have to change your menstrual cup every 12 hours while pads and tampons are usually changed every 2-4 hours.
  • You can use the menstrual cup over night.
  • A menstrual cup is secured by a light vacuum which means no more leaking and constant uncertainty

The menstrual cup that I use is from  and I could not be more satisfied, it comes with a small organic cotton bag to keep it in and in bidegradable packaging.

How to use it:

  • Boil it when you get your period before inserting it to make sure it is completely clean
  • Insert it (instructions come with the purchase and are so simple)
  • Wear it for 12 hours
  • Change it
  • Boil it when your period ends
  • Place back in your cotton bag and reuse on your next cycle

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