Periods can be messy. What's even more messy is knowing that the methods you used to deal with periods growing up, like pads or tampons, are hazardous to the environment. In the past five years, however, menstrual cups have gained notoriety as another, more eco-friendly option. But how much do menstrual cups help the environment?
THIS magazine investigated if menstrual cups are really eco-friendly as claimed, or if some so-called greenwashing was going on. After all, menstrual cups are made of silicone which is man-made and found in stuff like make-up and automobiles. And the magazine found that menstrual cups are definitely a more eco-friendly option than pads and tampons. But, according to Dr. Michael Brook, a silicone expert at McMaster University, silicone is a pretty green ingredient. Why? As it degrades, it goes back to its original state, which is silica. And silica is not hazardous. "The safety record of silicones is exemplary, and unlike many materials used in commerce, there is a lot of data available to permit such a statement to be made," Brook said. It might be a stretch to say menstrual cups help the planet, but they're a more green alternative to pads and tampons, that are not so eco-friendly. Don't believe me? Check out the facts comparing the green-ness of menstrual cups to more traditional feminine hygiene products.