Earth Day, which was a few weeks ago, usually sparks conversations on how much more we could be doing to preserve the earth. One of the best things I’ve done for myself and Earth was switching to more sustainable feminine hygiene products. When it comes down to it, millions of female products are thrown in the trash… even flushed down the toilet (please don’t do that, folks).
Alternatives are out there waiting to be embraced. I’ve written about menstrual cups and why they’re awesome and today I want to share why cloth menstrual pads are just as awesome. I’m partnering with Period Mate (they also make the Blossom Cup), makers of highly absorbent, breathable cloth pads, to share why these little things are a luxurious key to a happy period.
Using cloth pads instead of disposable pads or tampons reduces your carbon footprint. The less plastic and waste we leave behind, the better for the future earth we’ll be leaving to children and grandchildren. Sure, you may think that your disposable pads have no effect on the earth, but when you really stop to think about it, yours and everyone else’s combined really make a impact. Let that be a positive one.
Is it just me, or has the cost of feminine hygiene products gone up? I don’t like dropping a hefty amount of money each month of something that’ll eventually go in the trash. Saving my coins is always appreciated, especially when it’s on products I never want to buy anyway. Plus, I have two kids in diapers (we cloth off and on) and training pants. Ain’t nobody got time for disposable lady goods. I’d rather spend an initial $60 on a set of cloth pads that will last me for several years. Cha-ching!
LOW-INCOME & IMPOVERISHED WOMEN
Being that cloth menstrual pads are a huge money-saver, giving low income and impoverished women access to these products can end their struggle to afford feminine hygiene products. Many women and girls have little to nothing to wear during their time of the month. Many low-income women have to make one feminine pad last an entire day and girls in impoverished countries are forced to miss several days of school to avoid embarrassment. If you are in the giving spirit, I recommend donating cloth menstrual pads to shelters and organizations overseas. Period Mate is dedicated to giving back to those in need. A portion of their proceeds support feminine hygiene education and kits for women and girls in third world countries including the East Africa Region.
Cloth menstrual pads are healthier
So many things seem out of control these days. From what you eat to what you wear, everything is full of chemicals. The reason so many people are going basic, with things like cloth menstrual pads, is that they don’t have to worry. Especially, when it comes down to wearing something like a pad, you want to know what’s going on your body especially in a region so intimate. One of the most empowering parts of using a cloth menstrual pad is being in control of what goes near your lady parts.
They’re More Comfortable
Period Mate’s pads are super soft and absorbent. They are made with a highly absorbent charcoal layer and they’re backed with ultra-soft, stain resistant Minky Material. Minky = luxurious. They are a water resistant and more breathable pad that will also grip your underwear without slipping around too much. Gone are the days of dealing with the sweaty, disgusting feeling of disposable pads. They’d always stick and irritate my sensitive skin. I used to miss school to keep from dealing with it all. *twitches*
They’re Easy to clean
Some people FREAK out at the thought of using cloth menstrual pads. So you may think it’s gross, but once you try them, it’s not so bad. Similar to cleaning cloth diapers, you’d pre-soak before your regular hot wash cycle and voila… super clean pads for next month’s go-round. Seriously, after birthing three babies and changing diapers, it doesn’t bother me.
In addition to the points mentioned above, cloth menstrual pads can also be used for incontinence whether you’re a new mom trying to rebuild that pelvic floor or simply needing a little protection as you age.
For me, wearing cloth menstrual pads was one of the best conscious decisions I’ve made. I love knowing what’s going on my body and that I’m helping to impact the earth in a positive way.
Would you make the switch to cloth menstrual pads? Let me know in the comments!