As necessary as period products are, most are far from environmentally friendly. If you want a more sustainable choice, your best bet is a menstrual disc or a menstrual cup — but those can be tricky (and a little anxiety-inducing) to use, especially in public. That's why I'm so excited about Daye, a London-based tampon brand that's both sustainable and convenient.
Daye is committed to making products that meet menstruators' needs without compromising their values. The brand's tampons are made with sustainably sourced organic cotton that's biodegradable and compostable even after use. The applicators are made with sugar cane instead of plastic. And, as you'll see in the TikTok above, even the wrappers have gotten an upgrade. They're made from wood pulp, so they don't break down into microplastics, or small plastic pieces that harm aquatic life. This means you can safely flush the wrapper (yes, seriously!) without contributing to ocean pollution.
Unfortunately, these tampons aren't available in the United States yet — the brand is working to open a factory stateside and get FDA approval — but you can sign up to get an email alert when they're ready to ship. And, if you happen to live in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, or Portugal, you can subscribe now to receive a custom supply of 12 or 18 tampons delivered to your door monthly, synced to your cycle. You can choose a mix of Daye CBD Tampons (€1.01 per tampon), which the brand claims can help soothe inflammation and cramps, or Daye Naked Tampons (€0.53 per tampon), which don't contain CBD. Both are available in regular or super, depending on your flow. Hassle-free and sustainable? Sign me up.