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If you’re not sold on period underwear but want to reduce your menstrual waste, these biodegradable pads are for you

They're easy to use and good for the environment.
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Sanitary products have evolved from strictly pads and tampons to include period underwear and menstrual cups.

These new additions to the scene are loved for freeing people with periods from bulky pads and the sometimes uncomfortable task of inserting a tampon.

But perhaps most of all, period underwear and menstrual cups are lauded for being environmentally friendly because they reduce waste and are manufactured with friendly materials.

However, there are cons to those alternative options, like needing to double up with a pad after accidentally leaking through. In addition, the logistics of cleaning the underwear can be frustrating during busy work weeks and packed weekends – and it’s unlikely you’ll have a period undie on hand during surprise bleeds.

Pads take 300 to 500 years to decompose.

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Even though they’re minor issues, it doesn’t hurt to have a pad on hand, but of course, the environmental impact of those ‘safety nets’ can play on the conscious.

According to Cleanup.org.au, in one lifetime, a menstruator uses between “5,000 and 15,000 pads and tampons,” with most ending up in the landfill.

The wrapping surrounding the pad also causes a massive strain on our environment.

The organisation reports that 90% of conventional pads containing plastic in the backing, adhesive strops, and packaging take 300 to 500 years to decompose.

This is when biodegradable pads enter the conversation.

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They aren’t as good for the environment as re-wearable products, but they at least break down and don’t take five lifetimes to deteriorate.

In Australia, we have a few brands that offer biodegradable pads, and we break down how each brand works.

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Biodegradable pads

Love Luna

Their pads take 180 days (a significant improvement from 300 to 500 years) to break down, and they’re biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and antibacterial.

Shop Love Luna here.

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Biodegradable pads

TOM Organic

Tom’s pads offer breathable, super soft, and cue keyword: biodegradable.

They’re made with a 100 per cent organic cotton core and top sheet, which is especially helpful for people with sensitive skin. The plant-based waterproof backing protects you from leaks, and the material is free from chlorine and dioxin bleach.

Shop TOM Organic here.

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Biodegradable pads

Bamboo Babe

Their plastic-free pads are vegan friendly, pesticide-free, perfume free, made with responsibly sourced bamboo, and certified compostable.

It’s fully owned and designed in Australia, naturally hypoallergenic, and its top sheet is corn-based, its core is bamboo, and it’s completely compostable.

Shop Bamboo Babe here.

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