I’ll start of this post by saying this is a post about periods, if words like blood and vagina freak you out you then might I suggest you read something else. If however you would like to learn how you can save money on your period every month while also reducing your household waste then read on.
Zero Waste Week
I was inspired to write this post because of the theme for this years Zero Waste Week which is ‘Reuse’. I started to think about products that we use in the house and what we could start reusing instead of throwing away. That is when I came across the Earthwise Girls website and their reusable sanitary pads. This seemed like a perfect place to start on my reuse journey.
I have worked out how much I could save each year by switching to reusable pads rather than disposables. On average I spend about £15 a month on my period for disposable sanitary items. Many people would probably spend less than this but I have particularly heavy periods so find myself having to stock up on products. In one year I spend a whooping £180 on my period and that isn’t including the price of the painkillers that I also have to buy each month.
Reusable Sanitary Pads
On the Earthwise Girls website an Eco Femme full cycle kit costs £39.95. This kit contains the following products: 2 panty liners, 2 day pads, 2 day pad plus pads, 1 night pad, 1 canvas travel pouch.
For one of my periods I have estimated that I use around 30 disposable pads for a 5 day cycle. That’s 6 pads per day. So I would need to purchase 30 reusable pads to cover my period. So if I bought the above full cycle kit I would have 5 pads at £39.95 (I’m forgetting the panty liners at the moment). On the site you can then purchase individual pads to top up your kit. You can buy 3 medium pads for £10.50. So say I bought 4 of these packs that’s £42.00. We are now up to 17 pads at a cost of £81.95. Now say I bought the small 3 packs at £9.75 per pack. I’d also need to buy 4 of these at a total cost of £39.
That brings the total cost of switching to reusable pads to £120.95. I know this might seem like a huge outlay to start with but the bigger picture here is that I would spend more than that per year on my period every year.
Total Savings Over 5 Years
Here’s a little calculation for you to really show the savings…
Cost of period using disposables over 5 years = £900
Cost of period using reusables over 5 years = £ 120.95
That’s a total saving over 5 years of = £779.05
This is of course providing that the reusable pads last for 5 years which I’m guessing they would. I’m really excited about trialing these as I hate the amount of waste that comes with having your period and I love the idea of saving even more money.
Now the next question is do the reusable pads actually work! My review post will follow shortly.
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