Making the switch to reusable period products is the right thing to do for so many reasons. We have just launched our Reusable Sanitary Pads so I wanted to show you them but also give you a bit more information about why you might want to consider making the switch.
When I started researching this, the figures I came across were astounding.
Approximately 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet in the UK every single day, according to figures published in the Journal of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
Did you know that one pack of sanitary pads can contain the equivalent quantity of plastic as four carrier bags? Moreover, one pad can take as long as 500 years to fully break down! 500 years!! You can read the full article from the Independent here. This Natracare infographic spells it out.
So there is no doubt that using reusables is better for the environment but did you know that reusables are also better for your body? In case you did not know (and I confess to being someone who did not realise a lot of this until recently) disposable sanitary pads and tampons contain a whole host of ingredients that aren’t listed … from adhesives to pesticides, chlorine, fragrance, and all sorts of harmful chemicals. It’s no wonder that some women have discomfort from disposables.
Tampon and sanitary pad manufacturers are not even required to list the ingredients on their packaging!
One convert to our pads who recently made the switch to our washable sanitary pads said “ Day 2 of using them and oh my word. I can’t explain how comfy the sanitary pads are. I’m allergic to regular towels and I get so sore and itchy. These are just incredible! Thank you. Will buy more for sure and 100000% recommend these. Really are life changing.” Carla, Bromsgrove
So how much money will it cost you to switch over to reusable sanitary pads? Well a pack of 3 pads costs between £13-£15. 3 packs would be £42. Then you will never buy pads again. In a women’s reproductive life cycle she will spend approximately £5,000 on period products. Kind of puts it in perspective right?
We recommend that 3 or 4 packs will be enough to cover you for your period. Obviously this depends on you washing them daily. You might want to start with one pack and see how you get on with them but we are confident that you will like them once you try them! Even if you are a tampon or menstrual cup user, you may want to consider pads in addition for heavy flow days or overnights, or even as a pantyliner.
Our reusable period pads are made of 100% cotton flannel on the top layer, an inner wadding 100% polyester microfibre (the same fabric as real nappies) and a waterproof outer 100% polyester PUL.
The sizes are similar to disposables, so you should know what you will need to last through your period.
Maxi reusable sanitary pad – 30.5 cm length x 6.5cm (width of middle of pad) triple layered inner
Regular reusable sanitary pad – 25.5cm length x 6.5cm (width of middle of pad) double layered inner
Mini/Light reusable sanitary pad or pantyliner – 22 cm length x 6.5cm (width of middle of pad) single layered inner
Our pads can be folded into a neat little parcel and popped shut (with the outer waterproofing on the outside) They can be kept like this clean or used if you are out and about. We recommend a wet bag for storing them. Our neoprene clutch is perfect for this.
Once you get home you should rinse your pad through until the water runs clear or hand wash it. It can then be washed with the rest of your washing (up to 40 degrees). Don’t use fabric softener on the pads as it will reduce the absorbency.
The best way to dry them is to let them air dry.
So just to remind you, making the switch to reusable period products is better for the environment, better for your body, saves you money and is probably not as messy or difficult as you think!