We do what we can to swap out plastic and non-biodegradables each time we shop, and despite the advances made towards greener living, doesn’t it feels like everything is still (frustratingly) wrapped in plastic? Your period products are no exception. Tampons, pads, liners, all wrapped!
For those who have not discovered menstrual cups, let’s take being eco-friendly and sustainable to the next logical level—removing the plastic from your period products. Between the PMS and the pink tax, having periods is hard enough without considering plastic pollution.
Are you ready to make a change with your buying power? Here are five companies making it easy for you every month to make sustainable decisions.
5 Sustainable Period Products Companies
This brand makes sustainable period care both accessible and hassle-free! Co-founder Linda Biggs helped launch Joni in March 2020, making pads from a unique blend of bamboo and cornstarch fibres that use less water to produce than standard cotton pads. While they do not have reusable pads yet, their current ones are biodegradable, organic and compostable.
Tampons are made with 100% organic cotton, including the string, that is packaged with plant-based plastic made with corn. All of their products keep skin sensitivity, absorbency, breathability and comfort at the forefront. They strive to be transparent with their processes and are committed to making the very best performing products for our bodies and the earth.
Joni partners with non-profit organizations across Canada to provide accessible and safe period care for those in need. So far they have donated 101,000+ pads across the country through their 5% Period Equity model. Plan ahead and get products delivered to your home with one-time purchases or subscriptions.
Somedays co-founder, Lux Perry, started off with a simple idea from her long-lived struggle with chronic period pain. The company now works to end the stigma around periods while providing natural and effective ways to deal with cramps. The brand’s tagline, ‘period pain isn’t normal’ is a perfect encapsulation of its mission.
Their selection of products, from herbal teas, clay, and rubs, to heat packs, aims to target the root cause of abnormal period pain. As Lux explains in the brand’s episode of Dragon’s Den, cramps are simply muscle contractions. The brand is deeply passionate and personally invested in the advancement of holistic period care.
You can find the right product for your needs by taking a symptoms quiz and choosing products that target either inflammation, hormones, or underlying conditions. All of their products are made in small batches and packaged in 100% compostable containers made from renewable resources.
For Rosaseven, success means making an impact, whether that be on the planet, on everyday well-being, or for others. The Squamish-born brand, founded by Delphine Veilleux, makes period-safe swimwear handmade here in Vancouver. Her goal is to change your relationship with your period and make it so that you do not have to compromise being feminine while menstruating. Co-founder Miriam Leckenby is a creative expert that figures products, fabrics and sustainable solutions for the brand’s pieces. Miriam left the corporate fashion world in order to pursue a truly sustainable lifestyle that also translated to her work.
All of the Roseaseven period-wear is ultra-absorbent, anti-microbial, super-wicking, and elegant. The internal protection fabrics are made from organic cotton and natural cellulose and are free from PFAS & PFOA. If you are looking to feel both comfortable and fab this summer, these Rosaseven swimsuits are the way to go!
Knix, founded in Toronto by Joanna Griffiths has become a revolutionary intimate apparel brand for period comfort and practicality. From humble beginnings to unforeseen success, Knix has been a go-to period and leak-proof underwear brand since its inception in 2013.
Whether you are looking for wireless bras, anti-chafing shorts, or overnight protection, it is all about transforming how you feel. The brand seeks to empower people and reduce environmental degradation through its values and sustainable practices. Their Life After Birth Project is an initiative that fosters community and supports mothers navigating their postpartum journeys.
Founded by Alexa Suter in 2020, HUHA makes underwear that cares for women. By using sensitive fabrics and trims, they seek to eliminate the irritation and discomfort that comes from unthoughtful underwear. The brand was born from this simple mission, to make underwear better so it is not just underwear, it is undercare. They use TENCEL™ and smartcel™ fabrics to make every pair are high-quality and gentle for you as possible. Styles for underwear include briefs, thongs, cheeky styles, boxers, bras, and bralettes. Find these products on their website or in over 31 locations in BC and many more across Canada.
- Vancouver-based writer, Gio finds her passion in the areas of fashion, content creation and marketing. She strives to promote a clean, conscious, and active lifestyle through her work. As she gains experience in the areas of fashion and marketing, Gio seeks to foster relationships with brands that have strong values and offer high-quality products.