We have all battled switching to reusable products because of the cost that comes with it. But what if I tell you that disposable products will actually cost you way more?
According to New.Org, "The average woman spends about $20 on feminine hygiene products per month." Let's be conservative and multiple $20 to 480 months (40 years).
That's $9,600 dollars for 40 years.
But wait! We have not factored "inflation". According to American Automobile Association, a spike in US diesel prices makes menstrual-care products more expensive.
Prices can also increase through time due to the cost of raw materials and production fee increasing over time.
For example, if the cost of cotton or other materials used to make tampons and pads increases, this could lead to an increase in the price of these products. According to TexasTribune.Org, "Texas’ cotton industry is facing its worst harvest in years — costing the state more than $2 billion." To add, Brad Heffindton, a cotton farmer in Littlefield said, "There’s just not much crop out there. A lot of cotton burned up and a lot of it never even made it up to begin with.”
This shortage is fueling expectations that overall cotton production could decline in the US, the world’s biggest exporter. With the decline in cotton means the decline in production leading to a shortage, which then leads to higher demand and increased prices.
Additionally, taxes and tariffs on tampons and pads can also impact their price.
It's worth noting that tampons and pads are considered luxury items in some places and are taxed accordingly.
According to a report from Bloomberg, citing NielsenIQ, the average price for a box of tampons rose 9.8% in the year leading up to May 28. For pads, the increase was 8.3%.
Period products will always be a need even during post-partum where women can bleed up to 12 weeks after giving birth.
How can we solve this? One word: Reusable.
With reusable products, you are always period ready.