having a cruelty-free period! 📅

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(Image courtesy of iStock, via MamaMia)

Periods suck — period. (Haha, get it?) And many of us simply don’t think about animal testing when we’re rushing to the store at 10 pm to pick up a box of super tampons. While the concept of having a cruelty-free period is still relatively new, it is possible, and I’ll show you how you can get started. Animals, the planet, and your vagina will thank you!

Look for brands like Natracare, Seventh Generation, L., and Emerita.
These brands are what I like to call the mothers of cruelty-free and sustainable feminine hygiene products. Available at stores like Target, CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Wegmans (check online to see where they’re sold near you), these brands offer complete lines of pads, tampons, pantiliners, and wipes.

More than just for feminine health.
One awesome feature of the aforementioned brands is that they’re dedicated to providing products that are organic, chlorine- and pesticide-free, plastic-free, and compostable. The organic movement is making its way into feminine health products as well, which may seem superfluous to some until you really think about it. Pads and tampons not listed as organic are treated through chlorine bleaching, whose byproduct dioxin poses environmental hazards and is a known carcinogen.

Plastic-free means less landfill waste.
Plastic is a long-standing environmental issue, and the push away from plastic grows stronger every day. Using plastic-free tampons means one less applicator taking up space in a landfill. To learn more about plastic and its awful effects on the environment and animals, Life Without Plastic has an awesome page here.

Stay tuned very soon for a post on cruelty-free sexual health, too! 🙊 I hope you ladies think of the animals and the planet the next time it’s that time of month!

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