I’ve written before about moving away from disposable products, in particular moving to menstrual cups. Another option is to use reusable cloth pads. Like reusable diapers that have become popular with many parents, cloth pads provide a natural alternative to bleached disposable pads and tampons that take up space in landfills. In fact, you’ll throw away up to 300 pounds of disposable products in your lifetime.
With that in mind, here are a few brands to try if you’re interested in reducing your environmental waste. Most of them have a base pad with removable inserts that you can change throughout the day and beginner “intro kits” with different absorbency options so you don’t get overwhelmed with choices.
Brands to try:
The Lunapads are great because they use an absorbent, leak-resistant pad base with wings that fasten around the crotch area of your underwear. Like most of the other pads, they have different inserts that depend on your flow: light, medium, or heavy. They also create “Lunapanties” that are underwear with a built-in pad. They also own the DivaCup, which I wrote about in a previous article.
Gladrags are similar to Lunapads but with a greater selection of bright, colorful fabric. It makes having your period just a little bit brighter and more fun than with irritating, sweaty disposable pads.
New Moon Pads
These pads have a different wing design than the Lunapads and Gladrags but utilizes the same concept. Their pads increase in size depending on the heaviness of your flow and whether you plan to sleep overnight with them. They also offer wingless pads, which decrease the bulk in your pants. They claim they have a pad size that fits your body and underwear, “because no two women are built the same.”
Party In My Pants Cloth Pads
Like Gladrags, they have a bright collection of fabrics. The wings are also different from the previously mentioned pad brands. They also provide an illustrated guide to menstruation called “Cycling” which is a body positive way for “women to feel good about their bodies and good about their menstruation.”
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, you can find several patterns online to create your own collection of reusable cloth pads. Just head to the fabric store and get some soft cotton flannel, terry cloth, and a way to keep it closed like snaps or Velcro.
Hopefully you’ll find something that’s right for you. Even if you decide to stick with disposable products, we should all be aware of the choices we have. Good luck!
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