Periods get a bad rap, since the dialogue surrounding them is overwhelmingly negative. If we talk about them at all, it usually has something to do with painful cramps or PMS. More often, though, society encourages us to plug up and shut up – when it comes to our periods.
At Other Nature, we work to change negative attitudes about menstruation, while promoting more environmentally- and body-friendly alternatives to mainstream menstrual products, including menstrual cups, reusable pads, and non-chlorine bleached organic cotton pads, liners, and tampons.
Why switch to a more eco-friendly alternative?
In short, reusable or non-chlorine-bleached organic products are SO MUCH BETTER for your health and the environment. Mainstream menstrual products are bleached using chlorine, which creates toxic chemicals called dioxins. These chemicals are released into the atmosphere and also remain in the chlorine-bleached products which we then put in or on our bodies. Dioxin residue has been linked with many health problems, including birth defects, endometriosis, infertility, cancer, and damage to major organs such as the liver.