There is a saying… “In life, you can guarantee two things, taxes and death”. Well, I reckon 99% of us women can add another guarantee. Periods! That little dig in the ribs from Mother Nature, to remind us that we are Women, We. Must. Suffer….. Jokes aside, “that time of the month” can be annoying, painful, and an all round rubbish few days! But did you realise that it can also add to the eco problems our planet is facing? Well, my fellow eco warriors, you will be pleased to know that there is a way to have more sustainable period’s. Modibodi period pants are making life just a little easier for us, as well as helping us care for the planet. Let me tell you all the goss…..
Oh and just for full disclosure, I was sent these pants to try. I was under no obligation to write about them, but I know many of you are looking for more sustainable options too, so wanted to give you my thoughts. There may be affiliate links contained within the post. This means should you make a purchase using one of my links, I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you x.
Why we need to look towards more sustainable periods
Let me first of all, give you a little insight into the eco issues at play here. I have a little list of facts that I am pretty sure, will shock you..Oh, and some of these were given to me first hand by my husband. He works for Londons water board, so knows these details well. Yep, these are the sorts of conversations that go on around my dinner table….
So many reasons to look after our planet!
- It is estimated that 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated per year by the traditional, disposable sanitary products
- The average pad takes 500 years to break down
- For every 100m of beach cleaned, 4 items of sanitary product is found
- In London alone, every hour there are 5 blockages cleared that are caused by flushed sanitary products
- The average lady will use an estimated 11,000 + one time use, disposable sanitary products in her reproductive years.
- Some menstrual pads contain up to 90% plastic. The average has the equivalent of 4 plastic bags in them PER ITEM
- Flushed sanitary products can, and do end up in our oceans if sewers become overloaded
- Conventional menstrual products are full of chemicals. Odour neutralises, pesticides, artificial fragrance, adhesive to name a few
Did you find any of these statistics frightening? Surprising? In truth, I knew the stats would be high. What I think shocked me more is why more of us have not given it much thought! No judgement here at all. I will be totally honest here and say until about 3 years ago, I had never even considered the impact my periods could be having on the planet. It had not really crossed my mind. But, there are some amazing brands giving us so many options now when it comes to having more sustainable periods. I have mentioned before about my switch to a menstrual cup a while back (this post gives you a little ore info), but period pants are a newer addition to my arsenal. Modibodi period pants are one of my new favourite finds.
Modibodi Period Pants – The Company
Let me tell you a little of what Modibodi are about. They are an Australian brand, passionate about empowering women. They are determined to be inclusive for all, be fully sustainable and are breaking down the taboos of periods. Hell to the yeah for that! Modobodi also have an amazing initiative, (called Give a Pair) to help women and girls that are affected by period poverty. If you are unsure what the very real issue some women and girls face is, you can read more about period poverty here.
The Sustainable Period Project
The company are passionate in their “give back” policy. It supports many women’s charities, as well as being at the fore front of the Sustainable Period Project. This is a project, that intends to make change from the new generations that are our future. Research has shown that a huge percentage of the menstrating population, use the same type of sanitary products that they were introduced to at the start of their periods. For almost all of us up until now, this would mean disposables.
The Sustainable Period Project aims to provide schools with a free resources kit. This kit will educate and introduce girls to sustainable period products. The new generation of menstrators, (is that even a word..?) will be clued up from the get go. The project aims to have these kits in all secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2020. Hopefully that initiative will spread out throughout the rest of the world. It is a fantastic plan!
My Modibodi Review
Right, let’s get to the nitty gritty. What are they? How and do they work? Are they any good? What are the pro’s and cons?
What are Modibodi period pants?
In a nutshell, they are underwear, that replaces the use for disposable sanitary products. They are ordinary looking knickers, (no adult nappies here), in various designs, that have a lining that absorbs your period blood. You then wash and reuse them! As well as variation in styles, there are choices for various flow too. The range is vast, with options for vegan materials and plus size period pants. They can also be used for bladder leaks.
How do period pants work?
You basically, bleed straight into your pants! The secret is all in the lining! You might be imagining a huge wedge of lining sitting in the gusset yes? Well, I can assure you that the lining is thin. In fact, only 3mm thin. Yep, it is scary trusting that 3mm the first time you give the Modibodi period pants a whirl! The standard pants have three layers to the lining. One to wick away moisture, absorb wet and fight bacteria. The second to lock the fluid away, (up to around 4 tampons worth, depending on the flow level you choose). The third layer is the waterproof one to keep you leak free and secure.
Modibodi period pants options;
There is a whole lotta choice with this brand! There are options for light-moderate, moderate-heavy, heavy, and heavy/overnight flow. You also have maternity and swim too! In addition to the flow options, there are choices in style, (bikini to full on Bridgette Jones), 24 colour choices, a no-wool content option for us vegans and curvy-plus size period pants. You can see the full range just here. The company asked me what I would like sent, and I opted for the vegan, bikini style, in heavy/overnight flow to try. I have since bought 2 more pairs of the same, plus a moderate flow pair.
Do period pants work?
For me, yes! Obviously, I can only give you my own experience and opinion. I will admit to be a little nervous of them initially. But, I felt the exact same when I tried the menstrual cup for the first time. The pants are very comfortable. They fit well, but without being tight. I used them on the first two nights of my period, when I am at my heaviest. I then used them in the day for the remaining days.
For me, these are a godsend for the night. I do not like to use a menstrual cup of a night, so was using traditional pads. These are a gazillion times more comfortable and reliable than the pads! Leak proof period underwear for the night time is the one! I had no leaks and did not feel hot, like pads can make you feel! I then wore them in the day, from day three onwards and again, no leaks. I felt completely dry. I will try them from the first day of my period next time, as I feel much more confident with them. I think my way of using them will be combined with my menstrual cup. It is great to have a couple of options now.
You can get a mixed bundle that has both heavy and light flow pants in it. A great option if you want to stock up.
Frequently asked questions when I tell people about Modibodi period pants
Do you feel dirty? – I kinda get why people ask this. Sanitary pads can make you feel a little yuk, so people assume these will be the same. They are not. They feel dry and no different to normal knickers.
Do they smell? – No. As I said, I have worn these overnight on heavy days, no smell. Wearing them in a usual working day on more moderate flow days, no smell. I have not yet tried them when I am doing my 30 minute run, so I can’t tell you about wearing them to the gym from personal experience. However, they do have activewear ones if you are a big gym goer. If you are paranoid about this, you can pre-soak your pants in a small amount of diluted white wine vinegar. Just a little 15 minute soak, then wash as I have detailed below.
How do you wash them, is it disgusting? – Ok, so this thought freaks a lot of people out. The same as the thought of emptying a menstrual cup does. However, get any thoughts of a Carrie-esque blood bath, out from your mind. I know to us ladies it feels like every ounce of our life blood is draining from our bodies with some periods. We expect there to be a whole lotta mess! You literally run the pants under a running tap, until the water runs clear. You then pop them in the machine, on a cool wash. Line or air dry those bloomers! Oh, and fabric softener should not be used when washing as it breaks down the function.
The ultimate in comfy pants. Perfect for feeling secure and supported.
How long will they last? – Modobodi period pants can last anywhere between 6 months and 2 years! Let’s face it, they will be a hardworking item in your wardrobe.
Are they expensive? – Everyone has a different idea of what is expensive right? The pants cost between £18 and £26. There are bundles you can buy, that make them 10% cheaper. There is also a 15% discount campaign running at the moment. The code NOPANICPERIOD15 will bring that price down by 15%. I am not saying for a moment that cost does not factor, it does. But, if we can afford to have more sustainable periods, we should. The cost to our planet is way more heavy!
What if I hate them? – Not everything, is for everyone. I can only give how I found them. However, Modibodi is so confident that you will love them, it has put its money where its mouth is! If you buy a pair and they do not live up to your expectations, they offer a 30 day risk free trial. See here for full details of it.
Who are they for? – Anyone that has periods. I am literally excited about the freedom these will give me on a long haul flight too! No more trying to change your tampon in an airplane toilet! Anyone that is suffering with unusual goings on with menopause etc. Anyone who wants protection from bladder leaks, perhaps after having a baby. Anyone that wants to try to live with as little negative impact on the planet as possible. So yeah, basically, anyone! The only people I could see that perhaps wouldn’t get on with them, are those that are really squeamish about reusable period products. I am not sure either how they would cope with the haemorrhage type, (ok I am being dramatic), bleeding you get straight after a baby.
So, there you have it! My Modibodi period pants review. I have been as honest and detailed as possible, without you feeling like you are in biology with Kerry! Crikey, I even gave you a photo of me in my pants! Way, way, way out of my comfort zone, but that is how much I want to encourage that we all look towards having more sustainable periods. I hope it was useful! Please feel free to ask anything else you may want to know. I am not precious or shy about talking about periods. My poor sons have to often hear me talking about periods at home! I am sure that their eventual partners will thank me for educating them and making them sympathetic to how we suffer…right?? Either that or my boys will be in therapy……
So tell me, what are your thoughts? Have you thought about looking for ways to have more eco friendly periods? Have you tried any of the emerging products helping us to do that? Do you have any recommendations? As ever, let me know. We are all in this together, after all my fellow females!