Friday, 25 October 2019

Sustainable Periods with Modibodi

*this post contains gifted products, however, all opinions stated are my own*

I wrote a post a while back about trying to be more sustainable in my day-to-day life. I discussed my intentions to explore new period products, that would hopefully stop the need to buy sanitary towels and tampons that would be thrown away after one use. 

Then I came across Modibodi, a brand that prides themselves on stopping people doing just that. I was fascinated. The idea of putting on underwear that did the job of a sanitary towel seemed totally alien. A concept I'd never really come across before. So I contacted them. They were so friendly and said they'd be happy to send me a few pairs to try.

Before I get down to the nitty-gritty, you're probably wondering how exactly these pants take over the job of your average sanitary towel. If you have a nose around the website, you'll soon find this:

It's pretty ingenious, really. You can also purchase different underwear depending on how heavy your flow is. They have pants which absorb four tampons worth of blood. You know what that means? Four fewer trips to the toilet and no risk of TSS. It's a win, win really. 

The lovely people at Modibodi gave me this pair which are for a light/moderate flow - they hold roughly two tampons worth of blood which is perfect for me. 

They also have me this pair which don't absorb blood but have the top later as shown above. These are seam-free and PERFECT for you sportier girls out there, or even for those who aren't but have trousers that are prone to showing pant lines. These fight bacteria as well, as it keeps the area moisture-free and dry, so are great for when summer rolls around. 

So what did I think of the period pants? Well, first of all, I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. Honestly, I want to wear them even when they're not needed! The fabric is so soft and they sit so well, just minding their own business whilst you get on with your daily life. (This may seem like a strange comment, but we all have that pair of pants that annoy you 24/7. Is it worth it ladies? I think not.)

Moving onto to using them for their actual purpose, I won't lie, it was a pretty strange experience. I think this is 100% expected. When you become used to certain routines and products, changing it up is always a bit interesting. But, once I was used to the idea that they did exactly what a sanitary towel does, I became more accustomed. 

Honestly, they are so worth the lifestyle change. Not only are they so much better for the environment, but they avoid any side effects of your average period product. I don't know about you, but liners dry me out if I'm wearing them for consecutive days, leaving me feeling a bit below par in that region, if you catch my drift. 

Here, you have a pair of pants that you can throw on and the job is done. No frequent changes, no waste and no dryness. 

There are two issues, however, that some of you may raise. So I thought I'd address them here:

1. The Cost. 
These pants, as may be expected, are not very cheap. But this does not mean, in any way whatsoever, that they are not worth it. Think about it, if you're spending a few pounds of period products each month it adds up very quickly. This underwear may be an investment at the beginning, but they last for years and you will soon see your return. And, if you really can't afford them, I'm sure people are wondering what to get you for Birthdays/Christmas!

2. Washing.
Using your average period product means you have minimum contact with your blood. You can quickly wrap them in tissue and throw them in the bin. With these, you do wash them in cold water which means a little bit of extra work, but it's not much at all and feels so much better than throwing yet another single-use item in the bin. Here are the wash instructions:

So, all in all, I 100% recommend purchasing from this brand. Their products are just healthier, for both your body and the planet we live on. 

If you have any more questions about my experience or about the brand in general, feel free to pop a comment below or email me! 

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