I never got around to posting this on my old blog, so I’ll post it here! I’ve had sufficient enough time “test-driving” these Lena Cups, so I could write a thorough review of them.
The eco-friendly period conversation continues, this time about the ever-essential panty liner. It’s only natural to consider the environmental costs of a product one uses every single day. When I ran out of liners unexpectedly, I didn’t go to Walgreens due to traffic and roadside construction (for my old go-to for liners, which admittedly were of synthetic material). Instead, I went to my local health foods market, hoping they had the style I liked—lo and behold, they did… but only in this brand! I don’t think I can go back to using synthetic panty liners, and here’s why.
As far as I know, the Lily Cup One is one of the only collapsible menstrual cups available. Squish it down until it’s practically flat, then tuck it away in the carrying case which comes with your purchase! It also features a ring stem, which helps one pull the cup down easier for removal.
The Lily Cup One by Intimina (“LC One”) is aimed towards teens and first-time users, but it’s also marketable to any user seeking a portable cup. The circular case is as round as tarte’s sample-size Amazonian Clay Blush, and as thick as a Dirty Little Secret blush case (see pictures below). You can tuck it away in a bag or jacket pocket without it taking up much room. If your period suddenly comes while you’re on the go, this menstrual cup has your back!
It’s time to talk about sustainable menstruation! Here’s why a menstrual cup is the best option… and reasons why it may not work for you. I’ll also go over environmental impacts of regular tampons, 100% organic cotton tampons, and a list of other eco-friendly period products at the very end. I won’t go into detail about any cups that I’ve tried out because I’d like to dedicate smaller pieces for reviewing them specifically.
Menstrual cups are not only a more affordable alternative to plastic tampons, but they’re also much friendlier to our planet. While it’s nice saving money from not buying tampons regularly, my main reason for using a menstrual cup is so I may live more sustainably. I started using a cup in August 2018… and noticed plenty of other perks besides environmental ones, and I don’t plan on using tampons again unless it’s an emergency situation. Before we get into menstrual cups, let’s talk about why the average tampon is so harmful.