As a communication student, we were constantly reminded by our professors to be conscious consumers. They stressed the importance of being a discerning consumer, and researching the companies that we purchase from. Although this is a very time consuming process, after a while I started to develop favorites and found easier ways to decipher from the green-washing products and the real thing. There are a few brands that I highly recommend and enjoy.
Although there are feminine hygiene products that may be more socially responsible, such as diva cups or fabric pads, I can’t bring myself to use them. It seems to complicate the process. Natracare is a good alternative, they use high quality natural materials that are also animal friendly.
It is very difficult to be a socially-responsible consumer, if you are ever in doubt, there are so many websites online that are quick cheat sheets if you are ever questioning the integrity of the brand. After a while you will start to develop a routine. A good rule of thumb for cruelty-free products is the Peta website. They are an awesome resource for offering alternatives to the products you probably already use. Sometimes just making well educated decisions, is the stepping stone to making changes in the products that are available to us.