Firstly let’s celebrate that finally the period tax has been abolished — it took long enough!!
So as you can probably see by the title of this post, this week I’m gonna be talking period pants.
I’m all about promoting sustainable period, and many months ago I told you about my experiences with a period cup (which I still love and use). You can read about that here if you missed it.
I’ve seen lots of ads on my Instagram feed about period pants and I’ve been really tempted to try them out for a long time for those lighter flow days. On really light days I don’t personally like putting in a period cup, as I find it harder to get in and instead opt to either risk my pants or use a panty liner.
Obviously neither of those things are good as either a or b happens; a) my nice pants end up with stains on them or b) I’m adding to unnecessary plastic period waste with a liner
When, 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste is landfilled each year in the UK, I wanted to try out period pants to make sure my time of the month is as environmentally friendly as it can be.
So, I ordered some period pants to test if they were the solution.
I didn’t know too much about the differences in period pant brands, but I stumbled across the ModiBodi website and saw they had; good reviews, a variety of styles, use sustainable products, and they are all at a reasonable price, so I concluded this was the site for me.
Certain pants are suitable for different flows and as I knew I was only using the pants for lighter period days, I opted for the ‘super light’ and ‘light- moderate’ ones which I bought in a thong style and a full brief style. The website does offer a bundle so you can pick out a pair for each day of your period specific to your flow type on those days.
I was incredibly impressed by the speed of the postage but most importantly, the recyclability* of all of the packaging that the products were in!
*Yes, I have just made up a word to say that the packaging was recyclable- it deffo should be a word.
No visible plastic = win win
My first impressions and trials of the pants were all good:
“The thong feels super soft (I’m guessing that’s because of the merino wool) and it fits really well. The absorbent bit of the pants sits where it should and I feel comfortable and safe to go about my day without having to think about my period.”My thoughts- I had a light flow on the first day of my period so I tried out the thong.
Once you have worn the pants you wash them by running them under the cold tap until the water runs clear and then you can put them in the washing machine on a wash under 30 degrees
“Comfy, safe, and secure.
I used to hate feeling of sitting on pads but with the pants everything is absorbed and you can barely tell!”My thoughts – after the heaviest days of my period I switched out my cup to try out the briefs.
“Still very happy!!”My thoughts – I tried out the thong again for a second time the day after wearing the briefs
To conclude, the period pants work and suit my lifestyle the days in which I knew I was less likely to want to wear a cup on. I feel reassured that the briefs held out on a moderate flow day and think I would attempt wearing them even on one of my heavier days.
For those who don’t like the idea of a period cup but want to make their periods more sustainable, I think period pants might be the way for you to go. It is worth a try. I love my ModiBodi pants!
Thanks for reading. Here’s to more sustainable periods AND no period tax!