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My Sustainable Maternity Wardrobe

My Sustainable Maternity Wardrobe

As you may or may not know I RARELY write about fashion or style on the blog. I do, however, share lots of pictures of myself and my outfits on Instagram and I’m always surprised at the response, which is overwhelmingly to ask me where I got stuff from.

This is not to brag about my excellent styling skills (which aren’t excellent….) but to explain why I’m writing a post about fashion when I rarely have before.

Because questions mean people need to know, amiright?

My Ethical Style Journey

My ethical style journey is similar to many, perhaps. I’ve never liked shopping, but was a shopaholic as a teen, naturally, and presumed cheap, fast fashion was the only way.

Fast forward to uni and I’d honed my style, in that I knew what suited my shape (pretty much) and liked what I liked. And that was NEVER anything ‘on trend’. At the time I thought this was a hindrance on my part, and that not having fun with fashion would come back to haunt me when I was 80 and couldn’t do that anymore.

Which is total bullshit because a) I can do what I want at whatever age, including aged 80. And b) there’s absolutely no reason why ‘having fun with fashion’ should mean wearing trends we’ve been sold as part of a cynical capitalist ploy to make us think we need more, for less, all the time.

So, as it goes, I am eternally grateful for my inner fashion scrooge.

Quitting fast fashion

Despite the fact I’ve always been a keen budgeter and anti-shopper, I didn’t quit fast fashion until about four years ago. And even then, I didn’t do it very well.

In a previous life I was a retail planner (merchandiser), and for ten years I worked in retail head offices making as much margin as possible while maximising sales and minimising costs. In real terms, this means making money for big retailers by screwing over everyone aside from the board (the consumer and the supply chain.)

So I know a thing or two about retail.

This knowledge is what turned me off the high street, not an intricate understanding of the human and environmental costs.

But either way, quit it I did and as my zero waste curiosity piqued so did my sustainability interest. And that led me into a big black hole of research, books, and, of course, the MUST watch documentary The True Cost.

Where am I at with my sustainable fashion ethos now? Well, I wear what I have first and foremost and have started to really dig deep on mending, altering and styling (not my forte, but fun!)

I choose to thrift/charity shop anything I need (for me, and for Anaïs) and lastly I buy the most ethical I can afford.

I have a lovely list of brands I turn to and I haven’t bought more than a handful of things based purely on the fact buying new is last on my list, so stuff I do buy is few and far between.

So that’s me, and my ethos. Which you didn’t come here for but this is what you’ve got and informs/explains how I’ve gone about building a sustainable maternity wardrobe; not the easiest task to do!

My Sustainable Maternity Style

First off, I want to acknowledge my privilege; I am a standard-size 8-10, average height and live somewhere where I have the option of a LOT of charity/thrift shops.

It’s easier for me to find stuff basically. I have more choice so my rules mightn’t translate into your perfect wardrobe but I hope it’ll help inspire you a bit.

I REALLY recommend seeking out Aja Barber who is a sustainable fashion expert and can talk to plus-sized fashion too; what she doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. You can find her on Instagram but the good stuff is on her Patreon.

If you’re still with me, here’s how I built my maternity wardrobe.

It’s such a long period of time to think about in one go, I tried not to stress too much about seasonal things and instead opted for items I could wear all year round and layer. 

I also bought little and often, so I didn’t feel burdened with a heap of stuff I then needed to sell or make work. 

Buying second-hand

The first things I picked up were maternity jeans and I was lucky enough to find them in one of my local charity shops.

I frequent them regularly so it was a case of luck, thin privilege and commitment to the cause! 

I got two pairs of jeans; both under bump. One in an autumnal mustard (my pregnancy would span from February to October) and one in blue denim (these were in a tall so I had to alter them, which was easy enough.

I then got a three pack of plain black, stretchy vest tops from Vinted which I knew would be fab for layering and a few maternity bras too (some might find this gross but I don’t care…..it all gets washed, ya know?) 

Sustainable maternity brands

Because the bulk of my pregnancy fell in HOT, sweaty summer I wanted a breastfeeding friendly, cotton/jersey jumpsuit so I bought two. One maternity and one non. 

Beyond Nine make beautiful maternity wear designed to last you beyond the nine months. So it’s all breastfeeding friendly too. I opted for this one, although in hindsight it wasn’t my favourite piece as it doesn’t really suit me as even the small size is HUGE on me at nine months pregnant. 

The next thing I knew I’d need was at least one pair of over bump maternity leggings. The H&M pairs you might pick up en masse are super crappy quality and I guarantee by the end of your pregnancy they’ll be worn ragged. 

So I found a pair of Jojo Maman Bebe (not sustainable, buy second hand) leggings on eBay which is excellent for honing in on specifics (set a saved search so you don’t have to think about it/get tempted to browse!)

ps – Isabella Oliver and Seraphine are both great brands in terms of fit and quality but they aren’t truly sustainable so do what I did and find preloved pieces on eBay/Vinted/Depop instead. 

Non-maternity wear that works

The jumpsuit I LOVED the most was my OmBaby which can also be breastfeeding friendly if I switch it around as it has a lovely low v-back. It isn’t maternity but because of the relaxed fit worked perfectly for me. 

If you simply want a few vest tops, or under bump leggings you could totally just size up non maternity wear. 

I don’t wear a heap of tight stuff anyway, opting for relaxed fits so almost all of my t-shirts and jumpers still work for me which is a huge bonus. 

As your pregnancy progresses you’ll undoubtedly want slip on shoes so bear that in mind. I had some old Birkenstocks and a black pair of slip on trainers too. 

The errors

Like I said, the Beyond Nine jumpsuit isn’t my favourite and I’ll certainly sell it afterwards. But it’ll be helpful in the days after birth (especially if I have another c-section) as it’s loose, breathable and breastfeeding friendly.

I couldn’t afford any ethical activewear so after sticking it out with my pre-preggo stuff I caved at 36 weeks and bought some bamboo Seraphine yoga pants. They were the most ‘ethical’ of the fast fashion brands I could find but still……not truly sustainable. 

I also panic bought a yellow summer top from eBay but only wore it once so I sold it again (same price, yay!)

Not keeping my maternity-wear from pregnancy one was probably the biggest error and I had to rebuy bits I knew I had first time around. VERY frustrating! 

If you’d like a big old maternity style cheat sheet, please do download mine right HERE! 

L x

My Zero Waste Hair Routine

My Zero Waste Hair Routine

 Okay, so worth noting straight off the bat is that this post about my zero waste haircare is the first post I’ve written in over a month.

I have a gazillion of things I need to write about……my final Pregnancy Diaries post for one, along with approximately 25 different pieces about travel (I never get to these ones) but apparently how I deal with my barnet is a far more pressing matter. 

In fact, I actually get asked about my zero waste haircare an awful lot and I find it hard to answer succinctly because, honestly, my hair is SO darn low maintenance and I basically look like a damn scarecrow most of the time so……I mean, I’m not about to hit a million YouTube subscribers with my hot take on how to achieve the perfect ‘do with two or less plastic-free products.

So what I have done is gathered up all the zero waste hair products I’ve ever used, as well as some I’ve had recommended to me too. AND made a video for you about my zero waste hair routine just in case you’d enjoy a scarecrow vibe for your next wedding/family event too. 

MY ZERO WASTE HAIR ROUTINE 

Roughly speaking, this is what I do….

I shampoo my hair with a shampoo bar (I’m a mega Lush fan but since I started using them about eight years ago lots more brands have popped up and I share some below)

I have tried the ‘no poo’ method (which involves not washing your hair with shampoo at all) I’ve scrubbed my scalp with bicarb and rinsed with Apple Cider Vinegar……but none of these methods worked for me AT ALL. In fact, I hated them hard. I like a lovely smelling lather every so often, and seeing as I only wash my hair a couple of times a month I’m okay with using more water and ‘stuff’ knowing it’s a fairly rare occurrence. 

I use conditioner because I have thick curly hair that needs it. I used to use Lush liquid conditioners, buying them in the biggest size possible which typically lasts me over a year, before taking it back to store to be recycled. I don’t use Lush solid conditioner bars, although I’ve tried several, because they are…..well, my hair hates them. However I LOVE the FunkySoap conditioner bar the NoPlasticShop sent me as a gift and would certainly recommend it. 

In terms of styling, I do sweet FA. A bit of coconut oil/sweet almond oil through the ends is as far as I go but I do have some very old hairspray (which was in a goody bag before I got married). So…..yeah, I haven’t got too many tricks up my sleeve when it comes to zero waste hair styling but here are a few brands and products I’ve either tried/been recommended. 

Here are a my zero waste product recommendations: 

Et voila! 

Hope this has been helpful. Ultimately it’s a case of trying things out and seeing what works best for you and your hair. I live and die by the rule that if you can’t find things without plastic, aim for bulk as your next best option. And that doesn’t have to mean super expensive products in the largest bottles; you can find semi-ethical products (semi because nothing mass produced is sustainable, however all beauty made within the EU is cruelty free) on the high street too; you just have to do your due diligence. 

Much love.

L x

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My Zero Waste Hair Routine

My Zero Waste Hair Routine

 Okay, so worth noting straight off the bat is that this post about my zero waste haircare is the first post I've written in over a month. I have a gazillion of things I need to write about......my final Pregnancy Diaries post for one, along with approximately 25...

Zero Waste: A Beginners Guide Ditching Plastic

Zero Waste: A Beginners Guide Ditching Plastic

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    Zero Waste: A Beginners Guide Ditching Plastic

    Zero Waste: A Beginners Guide Ditching Plastic

    Oh Plastic Free July, you annoying, clever and necessary month. The first time I heard about Plastic Free July was maybe two years ago when I saw YouTubers sharing their progress, waste, and swaps.  And, of course, their hauls.  

    I instantly hated it. 

    I should be clear at this point because I don’t want to put anyone off the movement, or the concept of ditching plastic for a month in order to make lifelong changes that ultimately benefit the world. Plastic Free July started as an offshoot month of encouraging folks to ditch single-use plastic pioneered by the amazing work being done by the Plastic Free Foundation. Similarly to Veganuary, you can pledge to join in for a month and get support along the way, ultimately aiming to change your own habits for good. It’s 100% free and a GREAT way to get tips and tricks from other people.

    So why do I hate it? I don’t really. But I find that with any movement like this, and particularly one as on trend as zero plastique the most voracious, the most simplistic and, yes, the most privileged come out to play. 

    It’s when the NO STRAWS debate starts up again because, sure, most of us can easily ditch a plastic straw. 

    It’s when sustainability shaming is rife. Normally among the communities who hold the most power and have caused the bulk of the issue in the first place.

    It’s where climate apartheid and greenwashing become so palpably clear the point of going plastic free is lost in a shouty Twitter rant.  

    Because what’s the real issue here? It’s not plastic straws which make up a TINY proportion of Global plastic waste (less than 0.5%) but that’s an easy scapegoat and guess why we all want them banned? Turtles. 

     But guess why plastic was invented? In part, to save elephants from poachers back in the day we all wanted Ivory everything. Without the invention of plastic we would potentially be further behind in medicine too. It’s helped countless people with life changing accessibility options. 

    But let’s face it, we need to address our over consumption of EVERYTHING. Including, but not limited to plastics. And within that discussion we also need to address our individual privilege. AND, most importantly, our very unique and individual needs.

    Because, in my opinion, there is literally no one thing anyone can tell you is the ‘simplest swap’. Not one. What’s simple to one is a ginormous pain in the ass to another and vice versa.

    And, as you may or may not not, I hate being told what to do. I hate rules. Having said that, I hate apathy just as much and as someone with hella privilege here I am, flexing mine.

    Doing some research so you don’t have to.

    SO, without further ado, here are my best tips for tackling Plastic-Free July (and beyond).

    bespoke your PLAN

    This is undoubtedly the most important step and one I honestly think we often forget to take (stock of?) Every single one of us is unique, right? So why do we think a list of ‘simple swaps’ that another human, with entirely different circumstances wrote?

    I love a list as much as the next person but please only use these as jumping off points. Even better, look at your individual circumstances FIRST and the advice second. 

    For example, if you are a mum of three under three – nappies might be your biggest source of single use plastic right now. If you are a 21 year old uni student perhaps it’s easy to spend time DIY-ing toiletries but really rough on the budget to start bulk shopping. 

    And, for all of us, our location will dictate the types of shops we can source stuff from so think about all of these things before you commit yourself to a life of homemade deodorant. 

    PREPARE yourself

    This is my number one tip, and if you ONLY take one thing away from this post make it thus: PREPARE THYSELF WHOLLY.

    That means that for whatever you’ve decided to ditch, get your alternative ready and a plan b too. I ALWAYS have a KeepCup and a few cotton bags in my handbag as takeaway coffee and pastries are my pleasure (not guilty, because nothing to be guilty about).

    If you eat out a lot and need travel cutlery, buy some pretty bamboo ones if you want but you can also just take your standard cutlery from home with a hankie. 

    If you drink a lot of water out and about, grab a reusable water bottle/reuse a plastic one (not for too long as this isn’t great for your health –  I had a friend who had an allergic reaction once due to the fact he’s reused his water bottle for about two months!)

    Tupperware is obvs great, but I find it a little bulky so I just use cotton bags to take sandwiches etc out and about. And, honestly, for me the biggest thing to prep for is my kid – reusable wipes pre moistened, nappies and liners, wet bags and SNACKS are key to a smooth day! 

    quit PERFECTION

    I can’t emphasise this enough. My house is not a beautiful kilner jar filled home devoid of plastic. That’s just not realistic or achievable for me. But do I still get pangs of ‘I WANT THAT’ when I see folks with a beautiful, zero waste aesthetic? Yep. I’m human. 

    I unfollow anyone who incites that reaction and make sure to follow people who share my values and an honest, achievable reality. @SmallSustainableSteps, @SarahStarrs_, @JenLittleBirdie, @BeckyOCole, @ZeroWasteHabesha & @Andreamariesanders are all faves of mine. 

     buy PRODUCTS with thought

    I’m not the sort of person who believes in absolutes. I don’t believe that we should aim for ZERO WASTE or ZERO PLASTIC or ZERO CONSUMPTION because, hello, life is really short and sometimes stuff brings us joy and that’s okay.

    I still buy things. I still get a kick out of restocking my favourite ethical beauty bits and finding new low impact products to try. I guess the difference between me now and me a decade ago is that I think about my purchases for AGES before buying them. That might not be you, you might be more a go with your gut type shopper. That’s 100% okay.

    What I think is important though is quitting that mindless purchase because you feel life will be better when you have XYZ. Do you know what I mean? Or panic buying five summer dresses from H&M when, realistically, you probably could’ve waited and sourced a more ethical solution (eBay, Vinted, Charity shops and Facebook Marketplace are all great for this if you are on a budget)

    There’s so much nuance to this that I don’t want to teach you to suck eggs when it comes to your own shopping habits. Only you know what’s realistic and achievable for you. But I feel like it’s an sorta intrinsic emotion when you are buying unconsciously, as it were. 

    I dunno. Maybe not. 

    Anyway, I hope this poor excuse of a guide to ditching plastic this month (and beyond!) helped! Share your plastic free tips in the comments if you fancy.

    L x

     

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      My Zero Waste Fails

      My Zero Waste Fails

      Alternative title: things I don’t do and genuinely don’t care about!

      Zero waste fails vs. low impact living

      I talk a lot about how I believe zero waste isn’t a helpful term, or even achievable. It’s certainly not something I strive for and prefer aiming for low-impact sustainability as much as possible.

      Sometimes it isn’t possible. For me, and perhaps for you too. Because the word ‘possible’ is subjective and wholly dependant on your lifestyle, your privilege etc etc and for me, that also includes emotional privilege.

      As a pregnant mum with a toddler in tow my version of zero waste looks different to this time last year. And…..although I love all the ‘Gold star for just trying’ type stuff, I don’t really buy it. I call BS on myself because I’m barely trying at the moment.

      Instead of beating myself up about it I thought I’d share the things I’ve given up recently. My zero-waste fails, if you will!

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      Pinnable image of plant on table with text overlay

      Making my own EVERYTHING

      From nut milk to vegan cheese, toddler-friendly treats and vegetable crisps…..just urgh. And that’s just the kitchen. Add in cleaning products, face masks, tile scrubber, nappy rash balm, bubble bath, bath bombs….OH HELL NO.

      I should know my limits. I mean, I’ve mentioned before that DIY beauty is not my thing and I prefer to leave it to the professionals and shop mindfully.

      Mostly though, the convenience food is a toughy. The whole family is vegan and both my husband and I work full-time so it started feeling kind of ridiculous spending every waking minute unhappy/dealing with a screaming kid who JUST WANTS A FREAKING SNACK or doing the alternative; knackering hours spent making crappy versions of the things I like.

      Honestly, I know I can try harder on this one but I’m giving myself a pregnancy pass. For now.

      Shopping for everything in bulk

      We are very lucky in that there is a small bulk store within walking distance. However not everything they sell is quite what I want…..for example (and please don’t roll your eyes at me here) the chocolate buttons taste like shit.

      So instead of buying stuff I hate and then feeling virtuous yet mildly depressed about my cup of tea and unpalatable chocolate I decided to get a grip and chalk that up to experience.

      Small wins.

      Composting

      I do still compost…..just not on the scale I was previously. I had a great system of using my Bokashi bin for all compostable kitchen bits and food waste, leaving it to pickle for a couple of weeks then popping it in my big compost bin to work it’s magic.

      But guess what? Composting is a humongous pain in the ass when you don’t know what you’re doing. The Bokashi part is the easy bit; getting the right layers of ‘brown’ and ‘green’ waste (which includes shredding cardboard and paper layers) to make the damn compost is the ultimate snoozefest.

      We still have our big compost bin which is almost full and brewing beautiful compost as we speak but honestly…..what the fudge will I do with the compost when I’m finished? And how do I know when it’s done please and thank-you?!

      Online shopping

      I am not a big shopper, but sometimes, only Amazon has the thing you want. Or Etsy. And I buy all my clothes second-hand which, outside of pregnancy, is simple to do in charity shops.

      But maternity clothes? I’ve solely relied on eBay and Vinted and that means packages of stuff.

      Occasionally I also like to just buy something. Just because. And in those instances I email the seller and ask for no plastic packaging….this usually works a treat and often the seller is excited to come up with new plastic-free packaging solutions.

      But it’s never zero-waste.

      So there you have it. My zero waste fails. Ps – I am 100% totally okay with them right now too.

      L x

      How to Find Bargains in the Charity Shop (Thrift Store)

      How to Find Bargains in the Charity Shop (Thrift Store)

      I just wish here in the UK we called charity shops ‘Thrift Stores’ because it sounds cool, don’t you think? Also, why can’t I just use that term? Who’s the boss of retail terminology?!

      Rant over. So why shop at a charity shop? I guess if you’ve come to this post you are curious about it, even if voyeuristically so. I’ve always loved rifling through charity shops preferring it to ‘proper’ shopping finding it WAY less intimidating than vintage stores, which I never feel cool enough for.

      While it was once for fun, now it’s necessary; my personal fashion ethos is to avoid fast fashion and choose ethical where I can. BUT more often than not I opt to buy used, second-hand, pre-loved….whatever you want to call it. Mostly because it’s cheaper, it’s a lighter footprint on the planet and I genuinely love the process of hunting the perfect toaster, camel brogue, skinny jean….etc etc.

      I started sharing my finds on Instagram and I always get such a big response I remembered Kayte Ferris’ advice that ‘questions are content’ and wrote this here guide.

      picture of legs in mirror

      My guide to grabbing a bargain in the charity shop

      An awful lot of what I’m saying here is contradictory so I apologise. I don’t wanna give you a bunch of rules so…..just take what you like and ditch the rest 😉

      Shop Often

      This is quite a simple one most people forget. Charity shopping is a hobby really, because you obviously can’t just go in and expect to get what you need you have to be patient and build a bit of a black book, so to speak.

      I really got to know the charity shops near me when I moved here and now I pop into my faves (around five of them) a couple of times a week. Not for long, but it’s good to show your face because my next tip is….

      Be nice

      Making friends with the staff and chatting to them often is, well, just a nice human thing to do, but it’s also a banging tactic for getting the juicy stuff.

      The JUICY GEMS, if you will 😉

      Making friends with the staff and chatting to them often is, well, just a nice human thing to do, but it’s also a banging tactic for getting the juicy stuff.

      The JUICY GEMS, if you will 😉

      mustard jeans

      Choose wisely

      Don’t turn the charity shop into another way to consume fast fashion. It’s ethical, in the sense it’s the lesser of some evils; it’s better than Primark, but ultimately a lot of the clothes you’ll find in the charity shops are fast-fashion.

      I often find Topshop, Zara and H&M pieces either because they’re a poorly made item, very trend-led or have been bought cheaply with little regard as to longevity.

      But don’t be too wise

      Okay, I know. CONTRADICTION.

      I just think you can be too serious. I genuinely love faffing in a charity shop, poring through the clothes, imagining who wore them and what their story was.

      Sometimes I buy things, get them home and realise they aren’t quite right so I take them back for a refund (keep your receipt, of course!)

      girl with hat and leather jacket in changing room

      Try things on

      Most stores will have a small fitting room so do try things on. The sizing on the labels might not be right, or it might be a weird fit or whatever so it’s worth the extra hassle of wrestling out of your layers!

      Don’t be precious (it’s for charity!)

      I know people who haggle in the charity shop, but honestly…..it’s really no big deal. If something is a pound or two more than you’d like to pay, but you have the money, think about the fact it’s going to charity….not into a sweat shop.

      If you don’t have the money, then I’d say it’s probably worth a haggle; especially if you’re buying multiple items and the store is chocka with clothes.

      vintage chair from above

      Find your favourites

      I have some regulars I visit for certain things; one does amazing kiddy stuff, one has a patron who enjoys donating clothes in my size and style and others have a great homeware selection.

      The point is, it’s a long game. Get shopping, find your faves and stop wasting time in the rest.

      Shop online!

      Quite a few of the bigger charities have online stores. Oxfam and Amnesty International are my faves and it makes the whole rifling-through-rails a breeze.

      A guide to charity shop thrift store shopping #1

      Pack a charity-shop kit

      I take a couple of tote bags, a tape measure (particularly for vintage finds, or places with no changing room) and a solid understanding of my style and current wardrobe.

      A note on sizing

      The charity shop tags aren’t always right. Sometime they label a size 12 a medium, but if that size 12 is from Topshop it’s a small (IMO) and jeans are often mislabelled due to their waist sizes.

      Et voila! Let me know if you have any questions, or add your own tips in the comments.

      L x

      How to Have a Zero Waste Period {Period Underwear Review}

      How to Have a Zero Waste Period {Period Underwear Review}

      Let’s talk period pants shall we? Another requested blog post this one comes with a video AND some cheeky lingerie shots too. Bet you never thought you’d get to see me in my period pants did ya?

      Nope, me neither.

      I first heard about Thinx (affil) about a year ago, maybe less, and you probably did too because their marketing is AGGRESSIVE amiright? Similarly to the Mooncup, I remember my immediate reaction being one of vague disbelief and mild ick

      Pants you can bleed into? Like a nappy?

      But reading more and more and finding my period heavier than ever (something I wasn’t expecting post baby!) I needed something as a backup; initially I’d planned to buy reusable sanitary pads, or make them but I’d never really got on with the whole panty liner thing.

      So, period pants became far more appealing. Especially after I heard such amazing reviews (and some terrible ones, for balance!)

      In this post I’m sharing my honest thoughts on period underwear, the different brands on offer right now and how/why you might want to use them.

      ENJOY!

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      Trying to have a zero-waste period? You've come to the right place! I share my essential kit and review the Thinx period panties. Read more at lucylucraft.com #zerowaste #lowimpactliving

      HOW & WHY TO USE PERIOD PANTS

      Because I don’t use standard plastic sanitary products, simply relying on my menstrual cup my reasons for using period pants is based on necessity as opposed to switching for environmental reasons.

      But you might’ve come to this post looking for a reason why you should reduce the waste your period currently produces. The average woman gets through 11,000 tampons in her life which end up hanging around on landfill for centuries due to their synthetic nature.

      Let’s briefly talk about the fact you and I are able to discuss different options by virtue of our privilege. Period poverty is real for FAR too many young girls and women here in the UK and, of course, worldwide and for others, using a tampon or disposable sanitary pad is the only option for health and comfort reasons.

      So my view is that those of us who are able to make a green choice with relative ease should do so. If only so that those who can’t don’t have to see those annoying headlines and feel guilty – because NOBODY should feel guilty for using a tampon, mmmkay?

      Zero waste period pants underwear

      Back to why I’ve chosen period pants over pads.

      My primary reason is my newly-acquired heavy flow. My period requires one menstrual cup (or 3 daily tampons) for around four to five days right now and pads are often required, albeit not bought or used hence the need for something else as backup.

      I bought three Thinx pairs (affil); one high waist black, one standard black and a thong. These three suffice but I’d like to add a couple more, for backup.

      Psssst: I’ve only tried Thinx, however ideally, I would use a UK-based supplier so there are a few picks for you at the bottom of this post.

      And here’s how they work; the science bit, if you will 😉

      PROS

      • You’re saving the world! What could be a better pro than that? But seriously, making the switch to reusables means you’ll see a change in your waste REALLY quickly, which is incredibly satisfying. 
      • You’ll save money, especially if you’re switching from sanitary pads and/or tampons.
      • I’ve found this to be one of the best swaps I’ve made so far. Yes, I didn’t use pads but I was (okay, this is gross and an overshare) often leaking; my period really changed post baby and I started to get really anxious.
      • They just work! I have three pairs at the moment which are just about fine for an average period for me (although I’d like to add two more pairs.)

      CONS

      • The main con for me (and I’m reaching here) is that you have to make sure you rinse your pants in cold water before you pop them in the washing machine. That extra step is a nuisance on day two when you really CBA.
      • They feel weird to the touch, sorta synthetic which, of course, they are. But I’ve not found them to be uncomfortable or thrush-inducing while I’m wearing them. But I think it’s a very personal thing, so I wouldn’t order lots in one go.
      • They take a long time to dry, so depending on your flow; how heavy, how long, and whether you are using them alone or with tampons or a menstrual cup too, you’ll need to be organised and potentially have a big stash.

      5 PERIOD UNDERWEAR BRANDS

      • She Thinx: (affil)The brand I use right now. They look great, fit well and work a treat but the price is a little prohibitive and, as a US brand, are privy to random customs charges. You can buy them in the UK at Selfridges though.Modi Bodi: An Australian company offering a huge range of products, including swimwear. They use Merino wool in their ranges though so aren’t vegan. But they ship from the UK 🙂
      • WUKA: A UK company (although manufactured in China) their ethos is about creating beautiful underwear that works.
      • Dear Kate: US based clothing brand. I love this brand’s diverse photography and they also offer period yoga pants too!
      • Knix: Simple styles, US based. 
      • Panty Props: Another US brand.

      Thus end another thrilling chapter in the, “the world needs to know more about my bodily fluids” series. Hope you enjoyed it!

      L x