Tampons are handy for active women who refuse to compromise their workouts during their period. But flushed tampons end up in sewer systems and waterways. The Ocean Conservancy collected 27,938 used tampons and applicators from beaches around the world in one day in 2015. Disposing of them in waste bins isn’t much better – it’s estimated that every year, over 45 billion period-related products, including unrecyclable plastic applicators and packaging that take centuries to break down, end up in landfill.
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Plus, turning wood pulp into soft, cotton-like fibres to make them is resource- and chemical-intensive. Harvard scientists claim a year’s worth of period products leaves a carbon footprint of 5.3 kg CO₂. So what to do? Non-applicator tampons reduce waste by 58 per cent. Organic cotton tampons and pads are (slowly) biodegradable. Best of all, a menstrual cup, such as INTIMINIA’s Lily Cup One (£19.08; intiminia.com), is reusable for up to 10 years, and free from nasties, so you can wear one for up to 12 hours without risk of toxic shock syndrome.
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Keep your muddy trainers, wet swimming cossie and sweaty gym kit separate from the rest of the contents of your gym bags in a single-use plastic bag? Online sports fashion emporium, My Gym Wardrobe, has teamed up with BAGGU to produce a range of strong, washable, reusable shopping bags (£10 each; mygymwardrobe.com), made with 40 per cent recycled materials. For an even more stylish alternative, check out athleisure and lifestyle brand, La Pochette, which makes sustainable bags including this lightweight Sweat Bag, (£35; lapochette.co), made from recycled fibres that are water-resistant, anti-bacterial and deodorising.