When it comes to reducing waste as a woman, one of the best things you can do is re-think your period routine. Like most people, I’ve relied on a mix of pads and tampons throughout my teens and adult life, but when I realised how much plastic I charge through each month, I was keen to learn about how I could reduce my waste.
I’d never tried a menstrual cup until Saalt sent over theirs over. In a size small and in a pretty Himalaya Pink shade, it’s probably the prettiest way you can deal with that time of the month. Constructed out of medical grade silicon, the Saalt menstrual cup has been designed to feel as soft as possible, and incredibly, it can last up to ten years. If you think of how much waste you can avoid through a decade of use, it pretty much blows my mind!
Coming packaged complete with a discreet storage pouch, the Saalt cup can be stored in your handbag or drawer without drawing attention to itself. Available in a choice of small or regular sizes, you can even choose your favourite colours. The cup has about three to four times the capacity of a regular tampon, so they can be left in for up to 12 hours at a time. Perfect for long-haul travel, I’ve already decided to pop one in my carry-on for when travel goes back to normal.
As if the cups weren’t great enough, the story behind them is super inspiring. When brand founder Cherie tried to source re-usable period products for friends and family in Venezuela (where disposable products are not available) and couldn’t find any suitable, she designed Saalt cups herself! As if creating the perfect menstrual cup wasn’t enough, Saalt works to improve the lives of women globally. Since it’s founding in 2018, over 7,000 cups have been donated to those in need, and over a million waste products have been diverted.
Saalt Menstrual Cups are priced at £25 each, and are available here