OUT toxic hygienic protection for us and the planet!
Why would conventional hygienic protection be toxic and polluting?
Did you know that on average, a woman will use 10,000 to 15,000 menstrual products (pads, tampons, etc.) in her lifetime?
Globally, this represents more than 45 billion sanitary protection used and then discarded around the world.
Indeed, after throwing them in the trash, these disposable protections are sent to a waste treatment center, which will then be either burned, buried in the ground, or thrown... into the sea. You may have had the experience of seeing a used towel in the water or on the beach!
Even more worrying, we must 500 years to these hygienic products to degrade … According to Greenpeace, the sanitary protection industry is one of the most polluting in the world.
Why is a disposable hygienic protection toxic for our body?
Did you know that tampons are not covered by specific legislation? Concretely, this means that today, no directive obliges the manufacturer to reveal the components of its products.
But when you think about it, what makes a pad or tampon “hold blood for hours” and “leave a sweet floral scent”?
In reality, we find in “classic” tampons synthetic materials petroleum derivatives as the polyester, where the polypropylene, mysterious derived materials… But also perfumes and endocrine disruptors !
Not terrible to have to be in contact with these substances! And we're not talking about toxic shocks...
Menstrual panties, an eco-friendly alternative that respects our bodies
What are menstrual panties or menstrual panties?
Quite simply, it's a panty to wear during your period - or every day! No need for pads or tampons!
Thicker than regular panties, menstrual panties have additional built-in protection. It has several advantages:
- She is very comfortable to wear
- It is suitable for all the circumstances : at home, in the office, at school, outdoors, at night…
- It has an average lifespan of 10am to 12pm
- She is reusable
There are thus several models depending on the flows.
menstrual panties Bloomie Loomie are made of organic cotton and are a real healthy and ecological alternative for young girls and women. They are designed to absorb the equivalent from 3 to 4 tampons and stay waterproof all day.
What we find ingenious : the absorbent part is made of bamboo fiber: natural and effective!
How to wash period panties?
Bloomie Loomie advises before first use to first wash the panties in the machine, to activate the absorbent properties of the bamboo fibres.
And after use, how to wash it?
Step 1. Rinse with cold water and let it soak in a basin of cold water
A very important step for cleaning your period panties. You can at this stage:
- Put it directly in the washing machine with the rest of the laundry
- Or finish washing it by hand with a stain remover soap that respects your skin or a Marseille's soap, then let it dry.
👉 Find our Marseille soaps hot-saponified especially for laundry and household cleaning: we recommend the Marseille soap from La Horseshoe Soap Factory, one of the oldest institutions of Marseille soap:
These soaps will allow you to clean the most delicate laundry, ideal for menstrual panties 😉
Once dry, you can reuse it as many times as you want, until the end of your cycle.
Step 2: washing at the end of the cycle
Once your cycle is over, you can, after rinsing in step 1, put your menstrual panties in the washing machine, at 30-40°.
This will eliminate bacteria and have period panties ready for the next month.
To avoid :
- detergents that are too rich in glycerin, because glycerin may luster the absorbent fibers of the panties and therefore make them waterproof.
- fabric softeners and formulas that are too greasy damaging the laundry. These reduce the effectiveness of menstrual panties.
Step 3: drying
Dry your panties, avoiding the dryer. In summer, nothing better than the air and the sun to dry your panties! You can use a radiator or a towel dryer in winter, placing a towel between the device and the panties to protect it.
There ! You now know everything about period panties! Are you tempted to adopt them?
We yes! 🥰
photo credits: bloomie loomie blue lagoon panties, @whatwhatjune