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When it comes to reusable period products, there’s no one size fits all

Something the Zero Waste Scotland team discovered first hand when they agreed to share their own experiences of menstrual cups, reusable pads and period pants. Find out how they got on below…

Sophie - Period-proof pants? These bad boys are brilliant!

If you’re a tampon user, you’ll know this. The fear of a bathroom with no bin is real. What am I supposed to do with it? How do some of my friends manage with no bins in their bathrooms? So many questions. 

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Catherine - Cloth pads are fab, but don’t overdo it on the dance floor!

I started my periods at age 16 in an airport departure lounge, of all places, and ever since have used disposable pads with wings – usually one brand – the cheapest and with pretty pink packaging. I must admit that before working on this campaign, I had heard very little about reusable period products.


Amy - Period pants are pretty popular! Just purchase the right pair!

After many years of using disposable tampons, in my late 30s I had a conversation with a friend who had started using a menstrual cup as she had been having a lot of problems with tampons. She raved about them. She’d had such a positive experience and was happy to share it because the cup had made such a difference to her life. 


Eleanor - The cup is my winner. No leaks, no hassle!

It was 2008 and I was living in south-west London for the summer when I first heard of a menstrual cup. One of my flatmates, Nathalia, was a pretty cool German PhD student at Imperial who was very interested in organic food and reducing chemicals in her life.


Miriam - I love my 'eye patches'

I can’t remember what first made me choose to go for reusable pads about 8-10 years ago. I think I just saw an advert for them from a company called “Earthwise girls” and quite liked the idea. 


Lorna - Cloth pads are comfy, convenient and cost saving

Periods. It’s not a subject I usually talk much about. It’s not that I’m a prude, it’s just, well, it’s personal! So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself bringing up reusable pad chat at every opportunity with friends!


Donna - Four months in and I'm a menstrual cup convert

It felt like periods were a taboo subject when I was growing up. It was never something we discussed as a family and the only conversations I ever had were misinformed giggles with my friends or the single guidance class talk at school.

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Which of these options works for you?

Menstrual cup
Reusable cloth pads
Period pants