Periods- they exist, even though some people like to pretend they don’t.
Of course, when you bleed out of your body for 3-7 days straight, there needs to be something to catch that blood, and as of right now there are three options: pads, tampons, or a silicone menstruation cup (there’s also free-bleeding, but I don’t think most people are a fan of that).
Two very different products, the Mooncup and TOM organic tampons are currently on the market and BOTH have received very high Voiz sustainability ratings, 2.75 and 2.6 respectively- so this begs the question: which one is actually more sustainable?
The Mooncup is made of medical-grade silicone, one of the most abundant elements on Earth, and contains no dyes, BPA, phthalates, plastic, bleaches, or toxins, which are harmful to your body AND the environment. Since it can be washed and reused, it reduces so much waste from single-use sanitary products and it is also cheaper in the long run which is always a plus. One of my favorite things to see is a sustainable product that is CHEAPER than the alternative!
The TOM organic tampons are (obviously) not reusable, but they are made from organic cotton and do not contain any harmful chemicals such as rayon, polypropylene, or glyphosate. These tampons also avoid the use of plastic whenever possible by using cardboard applicators, but TOM does use some tamper-proof plastic in the packaging in order to maintain the integrity of their products.
So... which one should you use?
The answer is... whatever works best for you! On paper, I would say the Mooncup is more sustainable as it eliminates the need for single-use sanitary products, but it also requires a decent amount of learning to use properly and maintenance to keep sanitary. The fact of the matter is, some people just don’t have time for that or even access to the materials required to keep the Mooncup sanitary. This is why we NEED period product companies to make alternative and sustainable products and TOM is doing just that!