Zero Waste Period- Cloth Pads & Menstrual Cups
Updated: May 27
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I am determined to live a zero waste life. That means slowly replacing disposable products in my home with sustainable and reusable products. First to go was disposable diapers and then it was time to time to say goodbye to disposable pads and tampons.
Are Disposable Pads and Tampons that bad?
Every woman will use approximately 12,000 pads or tampons in her life! Think about the garbage!!!!!
Tampons and pads cannot be recycled because they contain human waste
One pad has the same environmental impact as 4 plastic bags…YIKES
Some disposable pad companies use dioxin to bleach the cotton on their pads (this can cause serious health risks)
Scented pads and tampons have been known to cause infertility
Tampons are known to cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (Which can be deadly)
A menstrual cup is a small cup that you insert into your vagina and it catches and collects your flow.
12 hours of leak free protection
After removal just dump the blood in the toilet and reinsert (wash if needed)
They should be washed with soap and water twice a day (I wash mine when I wake up in the morning and when I go to bed)
Great for overnight
Will last up to 10 years
Because they seal around you vaginal walls you can go swimming, do yoga, or do random head stands while wearing one
Depending on the model they can hold about 1 oz of liquid (which is a lot)
At the end of your cycle you should wash with soap and water and boil it
Inserting and Removing:
Check out this video HERE to learn how to properly insert your cup!
There are so many types of menstrual cups out there. It can get pretty confusing. If want to know which cup is best for you and your body click HERE to take a quiz.
I use a DIVA CUP and I love it!
The Diva Cup comes in 3 different sizes:
Model 0 - 18 years old and under
Model 1 - Pre childbirth / Under 30
Model 2 - Post childbirth / Over 30
Be sure you only use a menstrual cup that is made from medical grade materials.
I was never much of a disposable pad fan. I found them bulky and uncomfortable.
Cloth pads and liners are SO comfortable.
I love them.
They are a great choice for any regular pad users or anyone who is experiencing postpartum bleeding.
They have wings that snap into place
They will last about 5 years
They are made without any pesticides or herbicides
They typically breathe better than disposables
They come in really cute prints
They need to be changed once the pad starts to feel wet against your skin
They fold up easily and can be put in a wet bag after use
How do you wash them?
2. You can wash your pads once your cycle is over or as you need them
3. Hand rinse in cold water or do a pre rinse cycle in the washer
4. Wash them in the washing machine on cold or warm ( hot water sets stains)
5. Tumble dry on low or hang dry
I hand rinse mine if necessary and wash them with my other clothes.
You may see some stains but that does not mean they are not clean. Blood stains. If you don’t want stains you could try a stain treatment.
My Favourite Cloth Pads are HANNAH PADS!
They have tons of different sizes and are made of unbleached cotton.
I am LOVING my Menstrual cup and cloth pads! Half the time I forget I even have my period! I will never go back to tampons or disposable pads!
It feels so good to know I am not producing an excessive amount of waste every single month!