Guys, if you are squirmish about things such as female menstruation and feminine hygiene products, stop reading right now.
Did you know that the average North American woman will, in her lifetime, use more than 11,000 tampons or pads? North America is home to 85 million women of menstruating age. Consequently, 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons, plus their packaging, are dumped into the North American landfills each year. According to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999. That’s disgusting.
When I learned about the environmental impact of disposable feminine hygiene products, I knew I had to do something. Fortunately, there are alternatives such as The Keeper and DivaCup, which are reusable rubber cups designed to catch menstrual flow. The maker of The Keeper also sells a silicone version called Moon Cup. Unfortunately, my hyper sensitive skin rejects rubber and silicon, making it difficult for me to switch to reusable menstrual cups.
That’s when I found out about cloth pads. Cloth pads work just like disposable sanitary pads. Only difference is that you clean them after you use them. They are often made using cotton, which is the only fabric that my hyper sensitive skin accepts.
I bought my first set of cloth pads several years ago. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! They are much softer and 10,000 times more comfortable than the disposable kind.
And, you only have to buy them once. I paid $6-8 each for my cloth pads. In comparison, a pack of 24-36 disposable pads costs about $6-8, and you have to buy them month after month, year after year.
An added bonus: Many cloth pads are crafted by cottage industries and work-at-home moms and sold on the Internet. By switching to cloth pads, you’ll be reducing your environmental footprint, saving money, and supporting cottage industries. Can’t beat that.
I buy my pads from Punky’s Pads. Her pads are soft, comfortable, and absorbent. They are stylish, too! My shopping experience has been nothing but pleasurable.
If you are interested in switching to cloth pads, shop around. Gladrags, Lunapads, New Moon Pads, and Pandora Pads all make a wide range of cloth pads. Read the reviews and find cloth pads that work for you!