Ditch single-use sanitary items in favour of TOM Organic’s eco-friendly and reusable period products
Periods! Okay, now that we’ve given the gents who accidentally clicked on this story enough time to backtrack hastily, let’s talk. Monthly visits from Aunt Flo are largely unavoidable and up until now, it’s meant schlepping to the chemist or supermarket to replenish supplies of pads and/or tampons that are ultimately destined for landfill (because we all know flushing is bad). Here’s the thing, according to The Fashion Advocate, the average Australian woman uses up to 12,000 disposable pads, liners and tampons in her lifetime, which is a lot considering there are around 12.6-million females in Australia. Thankfully, there’s an eco-friendly alternative. Ladies, say hello to TOM Organic’s reusable period cup and underwear.
TOM Organic has been slinging organic cotton period products since 2009 but the Australian-owned company has recently stepped up the sustainability side of things to include period underwear and a period cup. The cup, which is available in two sizes, is made in Australia from medical-grade silicone and contains a specially designed rib system and indents to help make folding, insertion and removal a breeze (it’s tricky at first but you quickly get the hang of it). Priced at $40, it’s cheaper than a number of other period cups available and as an added bonus, TOM Organic’s period cup comes with a handy carry case, which is not only made from 100 percent recyclable green plastic but it doubles as a microwave steriliser! Give it a zap for 60 seconds in the microwave and 99.9 percent of the bacteria will be obliterated.
The second exciting addition to TOM Organic’s inventory is period underwear and if you’re a little late to the party on these revolutionary briefs, allow us. Period undies look and feel just like regular undies except they have four layers of protection sewn in including an internal absorption layer, moisture-wicking technology and a waterproof backing sheet to avoid leaks. Plus, they hold up to two regular tampons worth of fluid so you can rest easy. Amazing, right?! The best part is that period undies don’t require any special care – simply rinse in cold water and chuck them in the washing machine and reuse them time and time again. TOM Organic’s period undies are available in sizes 8 to 16 and retail at $15. Shop TOM Organic’s new period products online or find them at your local Coles Supermarket or Chemist Warehouse and do your vagina and the planet a solid.