Jan. 17, 2020It was tempting to begin this article with a statistic: The number of disposable pads and sanitary products a person with a period uses over their lifetime. Then broken down into pounds of trash that equals out to, further broken down into pounds used—and
But as I typed the sentences I realized something: If I were to begin this article with statistics, numbers and environmental impact information, I would be perpetuating a feeling most women and girls are well-acquainted
While the tide seems to be turning in the direction of actually talking openly about and acknowledging that periods exist, society has a-ways to go when it comes to providing access to safe, environmentally-friendly period products. As young girls, we’re presented with two options: pads or tampons. Take your pick. Until recently, tampons and pads have been the gold standard when it comes to period care (despite that fact that the period cup has existed since the ‘30s), and very little progress has been made in making these products any better for the user and any less environmentally impactful for the planet.
Until recently. While
If the gears are turning and you’re thinking, wait… period UNDERWEAR? Yes, you’re correct, and that’s what I thought too before I tried them out about a year ago. Tired of having to purchase products every month and looking for ways I could reduce the amount of garbage I was producing, I decided to give Thinx
Now, one year later, not only do I almost exclusively use Thinx during my period, but I’ve joined the company as a Thinx Leader to help share period education. But before we dive into the how and why behind the company, let’s look into
Okay, now it’s statistic time!
It’s estimated that a person with a period will use approximately 11,000-16,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime. And that’s not including other period accessories, such as panty liners, heating pads, pain relievers, and more. This not only results in a large amount of garbage (obviously none of these products can be recycled), but the costs add up as well, resulting in what’s commonly known as the “Pink Tax”. Basically the pink tax is what it costs to be a female-identifying consumer. Women not only pay more for products (products marketed to women and girls cost approximately 7% more than products marketed towards men and boys), but there’s the added cost of products women need, like pads and tampons.
Women spend hundreds of extra dollars per year for period products, many of which are made with harsh chemicals, like chlorine and bleach, and come with additional plastic parts, like applicators, that wash up on beaches and end up in landfills. When you consider how little progress has been made with period products over the years and how much of it ends up as garbage, it’s easy to see why many people have sought out alternatives to conventional sanitary products in recent years. And I count myself among them. A big reason I chose to give Thinx a try was that I was sick of giving my money to a large company every month who’s most recent innovation was a thinner pad that still came wrapped in plastic. The same pad I’d been buying since I got my period for the first time back in the ‘90s.
What makes Thinx unique?
Let’s start with the products themselves. Thinx underwear is made to be worn alone or as
But that’s not the only reason to give Thinx a try. While you and I are lucky to have options and access when it comes to period products, there’s a huge percentage of people who don’t have the privilege.
In fact, 85% of young people have either missed class or know someone who has missed class because of their period. These stats shocked me. No one should miss out on an education simply because of a process their body does naturally—and the costs associated with it. It’s a matter that goes beyond the Pink Tax—and it’s easy to imagine that if this were something considered a “man’s issue” it would have been solved already.
Here’s where Thinx comes in: Through their Give Rise!
Did you know only 13 out of 50 states require the sexual education curriculum taught in schools to be medically accurate? Let that one sink in for a second: medically accurate. And only 8 states require that curriculum to be unbiased against race, sex or ethnicity. Through the Every Body Program, Thinx provides an
Personally, Thinx has changed the game for me. While they take some getting used to, I love knowing that with each use I’m not only cutting down on the amount of waste headed for
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