Looking for sustainable period products in Hong Kong? We’ve got you covered with reusable pads, organic cotton tampons, menstrual cups and discs, leak-proof period underwear and more…
For those looking to switch from your not-so-eco-friendly disposable tampons and pads, we’ve rounded up the best sustainable period products in Hong Kong, giving you plenty of options — from reusable pads and period underwear to eco-friendly tampons and menstrual cups and discs — so you can find something comfortable for you and better for the environment. It’s a small change that could have a massive impact!
Most people with a vagina are going through some sort of period product every single month. It’s estimated that over the course of a lifetime, a single menstruator will use up to 15,000 pads and tampons, with the vast majority filling up landfills as both plastic and medical waste. But it’s 2023, so your only sustainable period product option is not just one scary-looking “cup” (though we do love a menstrual cup!). Here are the best sustainable period products in Hong Kong, from leak-proof period underwear and reusable pads to organic cotton tampons and pads, menstrual cups and more…
Organic Cotton Tampons, Pads And Liners
LUÜNA naturals — Hong Kong brand with organic cotton tampons, pads, liners and menstrual cup
LUÜNA naturals’ super soft tampons, pads and liners are all made with hypoallergenic organic cotton produced without the harmful chemicals used in conventional farming. The brand is all about ethical production, so your purchase hasn’t come at someone else’s cost, and features 1oo percent recyclable cardboard outer packaging. Plus, the organic cotton line is biodegradable and features a water-soluble wrapper.
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Pacha Care — Hong Kong brand with organic cotton daytime and nighttime pads and liners
We love Pacha Care’s recyclable packaging and gender-inclusive branding (it’s so refreshing to see “everyone with a vagina” right on the box!). You can pick up its 90 percent biodegradable organic cotton daytime pads (240mm), nighttime pads (290mm) and liners — all made without unnecessary plastic, harsh chemicals, dyes or fragrances that could irritate your body and pollute the planet.
Tsuno — Australian brand with organic cotton tampons, and sustainable bamboo sanitary pads and liners
Australian brand Tsuno sells organic cotton tampons and sustainable sanitary pads made from natural bamboo and corn fibre, making them naturally absorbent, breathable, soft and antibacterial. The pads are individually wrapped in biodegradable sleeves and are packaged in beautiful recyclable cardboard boxes. Plus, 50 percent of Tsuno’s profits are donated to charities dedicated to empowering women.
More Organic Cotton Tampons, Pads and Liners:
- DAME. — Sells 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton tampons that are free from toxins and plastic, alongside its reusable tampon applicator. www.wearedame.co
Aisle — Canadian brand stocking reusable pads, liners, period underwear, menstrual cups and more
Established in 1993, Canadian company Aisle (formerly Lunapads) touts itself as one of the very first companies in the world to make reusable period products! Its eco-friendly pads and period underwear are washable and reusable, functional and fashionable. Take your time browsing — you’ll find pads, liners, underwear, cups and more, with its pads being eight times as absorbent as the average disposable pad.
BamPads! — Hong Kong social enterprise selling reusable cloth menstrual pads
Founded by City University student Sakshi Vasudev, social enterprise BamPads! sells reusable cloth menstrual pads in Hong Kong, holds workshops to raise awareness on sustainable period care products, and donates sets of pads to women in need (in Hong Kong, India and Nepal!). The pads are made of layers of micro fleece, super absorbent microfiber and waterproof PUL — to ensure a slim pad that’s comfortable and leak-proof.
DAME. — Reusable period pads and pants, reusable tampon applicators and organic cotton tampons
DAME. is best known for being the creator of the world’s first reusable tampon applicator, an award-winning hygienic tool that’s medical-grade, antimicrobial and lasts for over 3,000 uses. It works like any applicator, and with any tampon. The brand also stocks reusable pads, continuing its mission of reducing plastic waste, this time by providing a drier, more comfortable alternative to traditional pads.
Dharti Mata Sustainable Workshop — Social enterprise stocking eco-friendly reusable pads handmade by rural Nepali women
A social enterprise based in Nepal with a team in Taiwan, Dharti Mata Sustainable Workshop’s studio is located in the HASERA Agriculture Research and Training Center, just outside of Kathmandu. Its eco-friendly reusable pads are handmade by local Nepali women with natural materials — so with every pad you buy, you’re supporting the employment of rural women as well as helping to create a more sustainable future.
Hold Me Pad — Red Dot Design Award Winner selling ultra-thin reusable sanitary pads made with recycled plastic bottles
A Red Dot Design Award Winner (the German international design prize, not to be confused with the period poverty awareness project), Hold Me Pad was developed to help reduce waste and provide an affordable alternative to disposable pads. Designed in Taiwan, the sanitary pad is ultra-thin, breathable and completely antibacterial — and it’s made with recycled plastic bottles!
More Reusable Pads
- JuJu — Reusable pads sold alongside menstrual cups and period underwear, available to buy in Hong Kong at LiveZero. www.juju.com.au
- Knix — Reusable pads that offer the brand’s acclaimed leakproof protection in a new sanitary pad form. The brand ships to Hong Kong. www.knix.com
- GladRags — 100 percent cotton reusable cloth pads that come in box sets of three so you can customise your picks to suit your flow, available to buy online and at NineLife. www.gladrags.com
- Live Zero’s own brand of reusable menstrual pads.
- Lunette – The cult favourite menstrual cup brand also offers an organic cotton reusable pad. www.lunette.com
- Slowood’s own brand of reusable sanitary pads.
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Menstrual Cups And Menstrual Discs
FemmyCycle — Reusable menstrual cup that sits lower in the vaginal canal for improved comfort
There are so many good reasons to switch to a menstrual cup: you’re saving your wallet with a single buy that lasts you at least two years’ worth of periods (not to mention avoiding the “pink tax”), helping the environment, and being kinder to your body. FemmyCycle is a physician-designed menstrual cup that sits lower in the vaginal canal for improved comfort. Available in three sizes according to your cervix height (for your best fit!), it’s a next-generation product that promises a comfortable, leak-free period experience.
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INTIMINA Lily Cup & INTIMINA Ziggy Cup— Menstrual cup that comes in two sizes plus a compact collapsible version, and a menstrual disc
Promising to roll “as thin as a tampon”, the INTIMINA Lily Cup comes in two sizes — taking into account giving birth, giving birth by caesarean, your pelvic floor and your flow — and a “compact” collapsible version that folds flat, fitting right into a pocket. It’ll reduce both your carbon footprint and your contribution to landfills. The brand also stocks a menstrual disc, the Ziggy Cup.
Lunette — Cult favourite menstrual cup designed for a better fit and a better grip, reusable organic cotton pads and period panties and more
The Lunette menstrual cup was designed for a better fit and a better grip, and boasts a 100 percent clean record — that means no chemicals in your body as you do your part to save the environment. It has an easy-to-clean stem, ridges for grip and secure removal (very important!), and a smooth interior, all combining to make a user-favourite product.
nixit — Suction-free and BPA-free flexible menstrual disc
Disc-shaped menstrual cups are slowly making their way to the market, and we love the look of nixit — a completely suction-free (perfect if suction has been an issue for you, or has been putting you off!) and BPA-free menstrual cup that promises to fit you. It’s soft and flexible, holds up to four tampons worth (70ml) and won’t dry you out or disrupt your vagina.
Where To Buy: You can purchase products online — the brand ships to Hong Kong.
Ruby Cup — Reusable menstrual cup that fights period poverty, with donations and education
Ruby Cup’s mission is to “enable all people to live their periods safely and with dignity”, which it does by providing a sustainable menstrual health solution (an easy-to-use reusable cup, of course!) and donating one cup for every Ruby Cup sold. To date, that’s over 110,000 menstrual cups donated to people in need!
Saalt — Menstrual cups and menstrual discs in a variety of colours and sets, and period underwear
Saalt offers menstrual discs and cups, in beautiful colours (just because it’s going inside of you, doesn’t mean it can’t look nice!) and sets. Designed with the “doer” in mind, if you’re someone who likes to swim, run, bike, hike and more on your period — this might be the cup for you! It’s comfortable, holds 3x as much as a tampon, and promises to last “as long as your passport”
More Menstrual Cups
- Aisle — Menstrual cups made without BPA, latex, dyes and phthalates, providing up to 12 hours of leak-free wear, available in two sizes on its website. www.periodaisle.com
- The DivaCup — One of the first on the market to really become mainstream, available to purchase through iHerb. www.shopdiva.com
- Lena Cup — Ideal for beginners, available to purchase through its website and NineLife. www.lenacup.com
- LUÜNA — Menstrual cups made with medical-grade silicone and designed with flexy-fit tech which moulds to your unique shape, available in two sizes on its website. www.luuna-naturals.com
Kiri — Hong Kong-designed brand selling leakproof period panties
The idea behind Hong Kong-designed brand Kiri is to help you say goodbye to the stress and anxiety that comes with bleeding, stains and everything in between. Softer than a pad and far more reliable (thanks to its unique four-layer leak-proof technology), this high-quality, well-fitted period underwear will make your life easier. Plus, it’s reusable, replacing your disposable products with an eco-friendly buy.
Knix — Leakproof reusable period underwear, leggings, shorts and even swimwear
Not everyone wants to or can put a period product inside them, and it’s important to be comfortable! If you lean towards pads over tampons, you may want to consider period underwear. Knix designs beautiful wireless bras, ultra-soft underwear, maximum support activewear and more — including an incredible leakproof range that covers everything from period underwear to leggings, shorts and even swimwear.
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Modibodi — Size-inclusive brand with bamboo washable underwear for periods and all leakage
Modibodi’s washable leak-proof underwear has a soft bamboo top layer that wicks away moisture while fighting odour and bacteria, making it ideal for your period as well as regular vaginal discharge and even light bladder leakage. Its breathable Modifier Technology™ allows the underwear to hold up to 20ml — and it’s only 3mm thick!
More Period Underwear:
- Aisle — Period underwear available in various styles including boxers, briefs, hipsters and more, made with a multi-layered leakproof lining featuring Truetex™ fabric technology — absorbing at least four tampons’ worth of menstrual fluid.
You can also purchase the brand’s (formerly Lunapads) LunaUndies at Happiperiod, which is under the One4Her Programme and helps girls in East Africa receive pads and educational materials to support their reproductive health. www.periodaisle.com
- Nike — An ultrathin Nike One Short with “Leak Protection” technology, coming soon. www.nike.com.hk
- Saalt Wear — Silky-soft leakproof underwear for your period. The brand ships to Hong Kong. www.saalt.com
- Thinx — One of the first period underwear brands on the market, stocks plenty of super absorbent machine-washable styles. It’s available in Hong Kong through ASOS. www.thinx.com
Plus, here are a few sites and stores we like to keep an eye on:
Editor’s Note: “Sustainable Period Products – Reusable Pads, Organic Tampons, Menstrual Cups & More” was originally published by Nicole Moraleda and was most recently updated in April 2023 by Sakina Abidi.
Main image courtesy of cottonbro studio via Pexels, image 1 courtesy of LUÜNA naturals, image 2 courtesy of Tsuno, image 3 courtesy of Aisle via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of DAME., image 5 courtesy of Hold Me Pad via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Happeriod, image 7 courtesy of Lunette via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Ruby Cup via Facebook, image 9 courtesy of Aisle via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Kiri via Facebook, image 11 courtesy of Modibodi via Facebook, image 12 courtesy of Sora Shimazaki via Pexels.