Billions of menstrual disposables are thrown away every year in the world!

All that menstrual fluid has to go somewhere. Can you believe that every year over 100 billions of tampons, applicators and pantyliners ends up flushed in toilets around the world contributing to ocean plastic that never breaks down. Spreading at alarming speed with disastrous and irreversible effect to the ecosystems.

The taboo around menstruation has been slowing down progress

About half of the world’s population menstruates, and yet conversations about feminine hygiene and the ecological impact of product choices woman, wasn’t spoken about. In fact, the taboo surrounding menstrual periods stunted the development of new products with little to no innovations for over 80 years. The menstrual cup is the solution for zero waste periods.

The plastic impact on marine life

Plastic kills around 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish yearly around the world. It is up to each of us to reduce our waste to try to turn this around before it’s too late. What ever disposable item you replace in your life by a reusable one is your contribution to a cleaner world. Every little bit counts.

Polluting industry of disposable protection

We always just speak of the waste generated after use but how about the energy and resources spent on producing tampons and sanitary pads? After their brief moment of utility, those products usually end up in the trash. How about their packaging, wraps, fibers, plastic, bleach etc.. Made by huge industrials who just get richer with no consideration for our planet and health whatsoever.

How green is Silicone?

According to Dr Michael Brook, a silicone expert at McMaster University, in Canada, menstrual cups are in fact a greener alternative. Silicone is considered a “green” ingredient. The material is derived from silica, a type of sand, and as it degrades, it will slowly go back to its original state; the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust and one that isn’t hazardous to the environment. There are different grades of silicone, menstrual cups are made of Medical grade silicone.

Polluting industry of disposable protection

A woman will use on average 325 tampons a year (!!!) One menstrual cup can last more than 10 years when cared for properly. Even at one person scale the impact is huge. You can just switch to cups and make your period zero waste avoiding all this unecessary pollution. You won’t need to buy anything else to collect your menstrual flow. By doing so you will save yourself a lot of money too.

How much blood are we shedding while menstruating?

A woman bleeds in average 7 years in her lifetime. That’s around 2555 days that requires constant protection to absorb blood flow

The average blood loss while menstruating is around 35ml/day, about 2 table spoons. It doesn‘t sound like much but put together that’s 90 liters of menstrual blood loss in a lifetime per women!

In comparison even a super tampon cannot hold more than 18ml and has to be changed every 4h to avoid risking a Toxic shock Syndrome. On the other hand menstrual cups have a capacity up to 42ml allowing you up to 8h of freedom safely.

See our comparison table to compare menstrual cup size and capacity to find the one that is most adapted to your flow and your body. Make sure to read our Tips on how to choose the right cup before to find the best fit.

Periods in third world countries

Unfortunately, not every woman in the world has access to sanitary products, dirty rags, soil, tree bark, paper are being used as protection making it a health hazard to themselves leading to infection and sometimes death. Menstrual cups are a great alternatives in third world country because of its durability, it is reusable for many years and requires only boiling water to sanitize it making it perfectly safe to use even for women living in very basic conditions.

Ruby Cup, a great cup with a great purpose who first started in Nairobi, Kenya has set up a “Buy One Give One” business model. For every Ruby Cup purchased they give one to a girl in need helping her to stay in school. If you want to support them get yourself a Ruby Cup.

Be the change you want to see in the world by saying
NO to tampons and pads and YES to zero waste periods.



Menstrual cups are for women who want to take part making this world a cleaner place. This is a small change with great impact. Despite many battles to be won over plastic bags, over packaged goods, baby diapers and so much more. You can do your part by simply ditching your usual disposable period protections and use a menstrual cup.

Minimalist packaging

A menstrual cup is small, light and not breakable, there is no reason to have all this packaging sent to your mailbox increasing waste and shipping cost. These brands listed below committed to send you the bare minimum hygienically packaged to minimize carbon print.

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