Celebrate your Cycle with Style
By Melissa Doffing
Cloth diapering is all the rage. More and more moms want to be eco-friendly, save money, and offer their baby’s bottom a non-toxic, comfortable alternative to disposables. What if the same benefits applied to menstrual pads? They do.
Reusable cloth pads have been around for ages. But, the pads available on the market today are not your grandmother’s pads. They are made of soft, highly absorbent, breathable materials, much like cloth diapers. In fact, cloth diapering companies like Happy Heiney, Swaddlebees and Fuzzi Bunz also make reusable menstrual pads. And they are fun! They come in a variety of sizes and colors; everything from a panty liner to an overnighter in natural organics or bright-colored, designer patterns.
Reusable menstrual pads are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable pads and tampons. The plastics in pads are similar to those in disposable diapers. Basically, they will sit in landfills for a long, long time. Statistics say the average woman will use between 8,000-10,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. Multiply that by the number of women in the world, and that adds up to a lot of waste.
Reusable cloth pads last between 5-7 years, which means lots of savings over disposables. Every month, you are literally throwing money out with the trash. Using cloth pads for 7 years can save you around $800. Over a lifetime, that adds up to thousands of dollars. And if you use panty liners for more than just your cycle, you’ll save even more. Just think of what you could do with that extra money.
If being green or saving some green aren’t reasons enough, how about comfort? Unlike the plastics in disposable pads, cotton and other natural materials are breathable and extremely soft, which results in more comfort, less wetness, and less odor. Worried you’ll be walking around with a pillow between your legs? Nothing could be farther from the truth. Reusable pads are surprisingly thin, and some versions come with inserts to customize the absorbency to fit your flow.
If you use cloth pads, you never run out. No more late night runs to the corner store if you aren’t prepared for your monthly visitor. You will always have fresh, clean pads ready. And care is simple; just soak soiled pads in cold water to help reduce staining, wash with an additive-free detergent and dry. Most companies sell kits that include a soaking bucket, detergent, and mini-wet bags for temporary soiled pad storage for when you are on the go.
Although, not as popular or well-known as cloth diapers, you can easily find reusable menstrual pads on the Web or at your local natural foods store. Popular brands include: Gladrags (www.gladrags.com), Luna Pads (www.lunapads.com), Sckoon (www.sckoon.com), and Comfy Cloth Pads (www.comfyclothpads.com). With the dazzling array of fun colors and unique designs, you’re bound to find something you like. And if not, you can make your own!
So, join the revolution and reclaim your cycle. Trust me – once you try cloth, you’ll never go back.
About the Author:
When she is not chasing after her daughter’s cute, cloth diapered bottom, Melissa Doffing is writing. She can be contacted via eatingcrepes.com.