I tried to keep my menstrual flow sustainable for three months
Could ModiBodi be the answer to a fashion revolution demanding more sustainable alternatives to sanitary towels and tampons?
No pads? No sanitary towels? No cups? Just, pants?
Modibodi period pants are made using sustainable fabrics, Bamboo, Merino Perform Wool and Microfibre. The product claims to be leakproof and supposedly holds up to 20ml worth of liquid (the equivalent of 4 tampons) using its modifier technology.
According to the Women’s Environmental Network, sanitary towels contain up to 90% plastic. They can take thousands of years to decompose meaning each month, anyone who menstruates contributes a significant amount of plastic to the environment. I’ve been looking for environmentally friendly alternatives that meet my needs and are cost-effective. The idea of the period cup never sat well with me because I’m clumsy and I foresee a murder scene.
I decided to test Modibodi pants out for myself and see whether they were worth the hype. Like a true scientist, I trialled the products over the course of 3 months, just to test the efficacy and give a true account.
The parcel arrived in 100% recyclable packaging which I loved. Here are the options I trialled:
Classic bikini in black
Light to moderate absorbency. Price: £18.50
These were perfect for the first and last day of my period . I wore them throughout the day and changed into the seam-free full briefs after my evening bath.
Seamfree full brief in colour berry blush
Moderate to heavy absorbency. Price: £24
15ml = 2-3 tampons or 3 teaspoons
These were perfect for daytime wear. Initially, they were quite snug but after one wash they fit perfectly. They were discrete, light and comfortable.
Sensual hi-waist bikini in Amber
Heavy/overnight absorbency. Price: £24
Perfect for wearing during the day and overnight on my heavier period days.
I wasn’t a big fan of the way these looked on but the level of comfort and efficacy made up for that. I wore these on the 3rd day of my period, slept for over 10 hours and I didn’t leak while wearing these. I also wore them overnight on the 2nd day of my period this month and I leaked on the pants but not through my sheets. Experience has taught me that 8 hours is the ideal amount of hours in order to prevent leakage.
Technology catering to women’s needs is amazing. We could all use one less thing to worry about. I still remember getting up at the end of a lesson, pulling my jumper down and checking the seat, just in case I’d leaked. These are the knickers I needed to stop me from anxiously anticipating embarrassment while waiting for the teacher to give you permission to use the bathroom.
All in all, I would recommend the ModiBodi period pants for their comfort, practicality and sustainability.
Disclaimer: my periods generally last 6 days and they don’t tend to be that heavy. This review is purely based on my experience for over 3 months. I recommend you try it for yourself. Modibodi currently has a risk free offer for first-time customers. If you are unsatisfied, you can claim your money back.
Opening image: photographed by Ruby Woodhouse