Disposable menstrual products are so out-dated – It amazes me that they are still on the market! Not only are the chemically-laden and uncomfortable, but the name ‘sanitary napkins’ reinforces the old idea that menstruation is somehow dirty or un-hygenic.
Here are my top reasons for why to make the switch from disposable products to re-usables – what are yours?
#1: It’s good for the environment.
An average woman using disposable menstrual products will dispose of 300 pounds of product in her lifetime – that’s only ONE person! If ten women switched to re-usable pads, that would be saving 30,000 pounds of product in a landfill…
It’s no longer an option to keep disposing of this much waste. There is not enough space to hold it all. We are beyond ‘making a green choice’ as the well-being of our planet hangs in the balance.
#2: They allow for a natural flow.
Many people love using their moon cups or Diva Cups. I’ve heard that the cup is a wonderful way of catching blood and lots of people appreciate it. It is a much better alternative to disposable products! I’ve also heard from some women that it’s impractical in busy city bathrooms to change a bloody cup, and that it can be uncomfortable.
I choose to use pads because I want my blood to flow naturally and to be able to leave my body at the exact moment it’s wanting to. The thought of something putting a temporary dam on my flow doesn’t sit well, as I want the waters of my body to flow as naturally as the rivers.
#3: They are comfortable and chemical-free.
There are so many amazing menstrual pad companies these days that use soft, organic cotton and flannel material. Pads also come in a variety of fun patterns and colors – I think of mine as fondly as I do my favorite clothing items, and look forward to when I get to use them each month!
It is so important not to use harsh chemicals in or on our bodies. Many people are passionate about eating a clean diet, drinking clean water, and using natural body products on their hair and skin. Why take such great care of your body and then use chemically drenched paper products in your vagina?
#4: It’s a wise economic decision.
Why spend money every month on something just to throw it away in a landfill, when you can buy or make a product that will last for many years? Investing in some good quality pads will save you money and the money you do spend can support awesome small-business owners.
Some last notes….
Some women are concerned that they won’t be able to do all that they want to do on their moon time when they are wearing a pad rather than a tampon… Every person is different, but I feel that it’s important for monthly bleeding to be as much of a retreat as possible. It’s time to acknowledge that bleeding is sacred – it is worthy of taking time off from our lives to rest – it’s OK to slow down. The ritual of taking my pads out each month reminds me that my bleeding time is a retreat from ordinary reality and that it’s OK to opt out.
Want to know just how simple it is to use them? Watch this short video!
I’d love to hear from you & your experiences in using re-usable pads.
What was it like making the switch?