Among the women I know there are three types when it comes to dealing with good ole ‘Aunt Flo’: there’s the pads only crowd, the tampon champions and the diva cup/sponge menstruation alterna-nation. I count myself among the first group, which is also the most wasteful of the bunch. My grandma told me that it wasn’t a good idea to block the flow, and I’m sticking with her advice, but I do feel guilty taking what is totally biodegradable and packaging it up in layers of plastic that then is preserved practically forever in landfills. And no, I’m really not going to wash my own reusable pads. No.

Recently I’ve been using Naturacare pads (they make tampons too), which are dioxin-free and made from all plant materials. They are totally biodegradable. Their tampons are 100% organic cotton and also dioxin-free (and if you’re still using regular tampons, read this article, because you should stop right now! You’re putting chlorine-bleached, unnatural materials inside your body and letting them sit there for hours. If you don’t think your body is absorbing that stuff, then you probably aren’t eating organic either! Many natural health practitioners also say that tampons block the natural flow of energy during menstruation and actually cause cramps.)

So, I’m excited that Flushaways are here because not only are they biodegradable, they are, as the name implies, flushable. Even for septic systems! And yes, they are the ultra-thin kind with wings, which are the best. I’ve tried them out and they are just as good as any of the evil plastic, commercial brands out there.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.