Reusable Menstrual Pads, Anyone?

Fact: I am old enough to remember the days when my older relatives would use a pasador whenever they have their period. A pasador is a piece of white cloth women would fold and line their panties with when its the time of the month, which they would wash and dry after every use.

Fast forward to a few years later, these pasadors were wiped out and have been totally replaced by plastic menstrual pads. The reason? These ‘modern pads’ are cheap (easy-to-buy), less work (no need to wash), and are very convenient (use and throw). I, myself, have always used these pads. However, when you realize how much waste you generate just because of these plastic pads, like me, you might start thinking about better, greener alternatives.

In a way, these reusable menstrual pads are the new pasador. I have always wanted to try one of these reusable pads since I first heard about it from Tanya, one of our blog contributors. She has been using reusable cloth pads and recommended it to me. Luckily, I have found one online, and they even offered it at a discounted rate, in exchange for my honest review. The product, Period Mate Reusable Menstrual Cloth Pads.

Honestly, I was really apprehensive and scared to use these reusable cloth pads for the sole reason that they are unfamiliar. Quite surprisingly, however, the cloth pads feel better and softer around the skin. There’s nothing of that plastic feeling that you have when you use an ordinary menstrual pad. I feel that Period Mate works best when you have light to moderate flow. For heavy days, you might feel it a little too stressful to use, wash, and dry all six cloth pads in a day — but it is doable.

The Good:

  • The reusable menstrual cloth pads feel so much softer around the skin.
  • You produce less waste.  No pads/tampons to throw.
  • You get to save a lot! Imagine how much you spend every month on pads and tampons.
  • It is most likely better for your health. I am no expert but synthetic materials can cause rashes and skin irritations.
  • Cute design. Each pad also has a snap so you can be sure that it would stay in place. It is also not bulky, and almost feels like it’s part of your underwear.

Period Mate also supports feminine hygiene education and kits for women and girls in developing countries.

The Trade-Off:

Laziness is not an option. You would have to wash your reusable menstrual cloth pads shortly after use so it would dry fast. It would also be a challenge to wash the pads after changing when you are at work.

For Period Mate reusable cloth menstrual pads, I felt like the packaging was a little too much. Each pad comes individually wrapped in plastic. I understand that it could be because others order in singles, but it just defeats the purpose of using less plastic. Recycled paper packaging would be a better alternative.

Is It Worth It?

Yes, it is. A little inconvenience (in this case, having to wash the pads) goes a long – and greener – way. One may argue about how much water would get wasted when you use these pads but you also have to consider the environmental impact that goes in the production of each plastic pad — not to mention that it would be ‘waste’ after use. The more we reuse, the less we participate and get sucked in the market economy — and also, the less we form part of nature’s destruction. So yes, try reusable pads or better yet, make your own!

Let the world go full circle – ladies, let’s get rid of plastic wastes and go back to using pasador.

Greenphils received these Cloth Menstrual Pads at a discounted price in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are of the author alone.


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