How sustainable is period swimwear?

There has been a shift in recent years with more and more consumers valuing making sustainable and eco-conscious choices, especially when it comes to making convenient zero-waste lifestyle swaps. It makes sense that many women are looking beyond traditional menstrual products and seeking more sustainable options for period protection. Enter period swimwear–an environmentally friendly, comfortable and more cost-effective investment for swimming on your period.

Thoughtfully designed to not only provide peace of mind and comfort when swimming on your period but also to contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. Making the switch to period swimwear is a daunting choice for some who have been used to using tampons as long as they can remember but once you weigh up the positive environmental impact you can make and the benefits for your personal well being, it’s a game-changer you’ll never go back from.

The environmental impact of tampons

When learning about the impacts period swimwear has on the planet, it's crucial to acknowledge the environmental impact of traditional menstrual products, like tampons. Tampons are single-use, disposable period products that can be worn while swimming to prevent leaks (unlike pads which aren’t effective when worn in the water).

Tampons are typically made with plastic and can take up to 800 years to decompose. Single use disposable period products are one of the most detrimental to the natural environment, particularly due to the amount of hidden plastic, chemicals and toxins. These are harmful not only to the planet but to your body too.

We don’t believe women should have to give up swimming on their periods though in order to help save the Earth, which is why we’ve created sustainable, planet-friendly period swimwear.

The Sustainable Features of Period Swimwear

Period swimwear offers several sustainable features that make it an excellent choice for environmentally conscious individuals looking to make a positive impact on the planet with zero waste swaps. 

  • Built to last: High-quality period swimwear like ours is built to last for many summers of swimming fun. With proper care, it can be washed and worn time and time again for several years, significantly reducing the number of single use disposable products entering landfills each year.

  • Eco-friendly materials: We prioritise using sustainably sourced and eco-friendly materials in our period swimwear. Our swimwear fabric has been certified as skin-safe to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 criteria, this means the fabric has been independently tested and verified by a laboratory to be free of fluorine and potentially harmful PFAS and PFOS chemicals.

  • Reduced resource consumption: Since period swimwear eliminates the need for single use disposable products, like tampons, for swimming it reduces the energy and resources required for their constant production and transportation.

Your personal carbon footprint

Switching to period swimwear isn't just about reducing your environmental impact; it's also about lessening your personal carbon footprint. By choosing sustainable alternatives, you're contributing to a cleaner, healthier world.

Supporting local, sustainable brands

When you choose period swimwear from Azure Belle Period Swimwear, you're also supporting our ethical and eco-conscious business practices. We prioritise eco-friendly, sustainable and corporate social responsibility when we manufacture and source products from suppliers; taking steps to reduce our own environmental footprint as a business.

Comfort and convenience

Period swimwear offers a convenient solution for ladies and teens who love to stay active in the water. You can swim, surf, take your kids to swimming lessons or lounge by the pool without causing harm to the environment. The comfort and convenience of period swimwear makes it a game-changer option to switch to sustainable period-proof swimwear options.

The sustainability of switching to period swimwear extends beyond environmental benefits. By choosing eco-friendly, long-lasting, and chemical-free alternatives, you're making a positive impact on the environment, reducing your carbon footprint, and promoting a more conscious lifestyle. It's a step towards a more sustainable, comfortable, and confident period experience while contributing to a cleaner and greener world. Embrace the change and make your period not only worry-free and leak-free but also kinder on the planet with period swimwear.

Explore our sustainable Azure Belle Period Swimwear collection, thoughtfully designed for ladies and teens.


If you’re ready to take the plunge and start enjoying the water even on your period days, Azure Belle has a range of discreet period swimwear that’s perfect for hitting the beach, stretching with some laps or just chilling by the pool.

With our range of women’s period swimwear in one-piece and two-piece styles and teen period swimwear designed for anyone trying out period underwear for the first time, you’re sure to find the perfect fit. Shop our period swimwear online today, and never miss out on swimming even when it’s that time of the month again.

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