Sustainable UCL


Plastic-Free Products

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Menstrual cups 

Menstrual cups have grown in popularity in recent years, so luckily for us there are lots of cups available in different shapes and sizes. Menstrual cups are reusable, so by using them you are reducing single-use plastic and preventing tampons and pads from ending up on our beaches.

  • Cups can save you money too, costing between £20 – 30 and are said to last around 10 years.
  • Cups are typically made of medical grade silicone, free from chemicals, harmful gels, additives, toxins, pesticides, bleaches or perfumes.
  • They also don’t need to be emptied very often, on average between 8-12 hours, so great for those of us with busy schedules.
  • And you can use them during sports (including swimming and running)!
  • One additional thing to note, is that if you have a coil, it is not advised to use a cup, as it can pull it out, and we’ve had friends where this has actually happened!
  • And if for personal or religious reasons you would want to keep the hymen intact, it is best not to use a menstrual cup.  

To find out which cup could be suitable for you, and a cross comparison between cups, you can visit ‘Put a Cup in It’. 

Reusable period underwear 

  • Reusable pants are great if you want to help reduce the waste from disposable tampons and pads but don’t want to insert anything into your vagina.
  • There are different types of underwear for different needs and flow types. 
  • There are a few products on the market ranging between £18 – 30.   
  • You can buy them at the following places
    • You can find WUKA pants on-line. Prices around £24.  
    • FLUX UNDIES can be found at Planet Organic and Holland & Barrett £29.95.  
    • THINX can be purchased at asos.com and Selfridges. Prices between £20-£28.  
    • ModiBodi pants can be bought on-line. Prices vary.  Modibodi currently offer a 10% student discount at Modibodi with Student Beans and a 30 day trial. 

Reusable Pads 

  • Cloth pads are a replacement for disposable pads.
  • They cost more upfront but can save you a lot of money in the long run. 
  • Typically people prefer to have 6-8 reusable pads as a minimum and wash them daily, you may need more if you prefer to wash them together at the end of the period.
  • Reusable pads are soft (usually cotton), making them breathable and cool, and there are a variety of different pads depending on flow. 

Biodegradable Products 

  • Biodegradable products, whilst still single-use are better than non-biodegradable tampons and pads because they require less carbon in the production process and harmful gases are not released by burning plastic.
  • They are also better for health.
  • Costs vary depending on the product. 
    • For discount codes visit Wen.