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Sustainable Periods

Did you know 

  • Women and people who menstruate use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime*

  • Each period can cost on average £10, that’s £120 a year and £4800 over a lifetime.

  • Disposal of single use menstrual products - tampons, pads and applicators generates 200,000 tonnes of waste per year in the UK^

  • The average woman or person who menstruates throws away up to 200kg of menstrual products in their lifetime.

  • Most single use disposable menstrual pads can be made of up to 90% plastic

Have you considered reusable alternatives? There are many options available and City to Sea have some great information on plastic free periods. 

We have launched our Sustainable Period Product Scheme – to help those who wish to buy a reusable alternative to the traditional disposable period products. Our scheme, which is funded by Buckinghamshire Council, will provide a £10 voucher for you spend on sustainable period products  – take a look at each company and click on the link at the bottom of the page to complete a short form.

You can also use this scheme for incontinence products (with the below suppliers), click here to read more. 

You will be asked to choose which company you would like to use in the form, so have a look at each before completing the form.

Eco Dreams 

Join the eco-friendly period movement with Eco Dreams, a socially conscious company based in Buckinghamshire. We specialize in reusable menstrual products, including a variety of cloth pads and menstrual cups. Our team is dedicated to helping you make the transition to plastic-free options with ease and support. Plus every purchase helps us deliver charitable projects supporting women and girls facing period poverty

The Period Lady 

The Period Lady specialised in menstrual products, stocking a wide range of pads, cups, discs, period pants and tampons. Check their many advice articles to help you find the right products for you, or complete their online questionnaire to receive free product recommendations.


The Period Guru's 

The Period Guru's team is on hand to support you in your transition to plastic free period options (as well as nappies!). Offering free advice and support from the experienced team, as well as a huge collection of tried & tested brands of period pants and reusable sanitary wear. You can find also helpful information on the different options in their Help Hub.


Flowette believe that every woman deserves to embrace her natural flow with comfort, style, and empowerment. Their period underwear is thoughtfully designed to provide super comfort and all-around protection. They also offer a range of sustainable menstrual products, including menstrual cups, pads, and kits. They are passionate about sustainability, using PFA-free and vegan materials to care for both you and the planet. With sizes ranging from UK 6 to 26, our fashionable period underwear is suitable for women of all ages.

Cheeky Wipes 

Here at Cheeky Wipes we've been talking about simple swaps to reusables since 2008 and we know a thing or two about making the switch to reusables.  We've done the hard work for you and our range gives you everything you need to get started. Our experienced team are on hand via email and our live chat to answer any questions you may have to help get you on your cloth journey. 

Click here to apply for the Buckinghamshire Sustainable Period Product Scheme


Only one application per person. Applications only from residents within the Buckinghamshire Council Administrative area. 

* Based on an average of 38 years of menstruating using 22 items of menstrual products per cycle, with 12 cycles per year 


Sources: City to Sea and WEN