Warning: I am talking about periods today. For those of you who don't like these discussions, I'll give you a minute to click to a different post on my blog. (Because you would never leave me, right? RIGHT?) So four years ago when some of my online friends were talking about washable cloth pads (aka "mama cloth") and menstrual cups I thought they were insane. No way would I ever go that far and try any things like that. Too gross.
It's funny that when you say you will never, ever do something you usually do in fact end up doing it. Yes about a year later I figured what the heck, let's give it a shot. And you know what? It was one of the smartest things I could have done.
Here are just a few reasons why cloth pads are a good idea:
Environment. Approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually where they will take hundreds if not thousands of years to break down.
Health. Pads and tampons are made of bleached pulp and rayon and the bleaching process leaves behind dioxin, a known carcinogenic chemical. In fact, the EPA lists dioxin as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.
Cost. Don't be turned off by the initial cost. The average cost for five years of disposable pads is $330. In comparison the cost for a Lunapads kit that will last five years is $129.
I have tried out a couple of different brands but when I did a review of Lunapads more than two years ago I knew I had found the ones that I would be sticking with. And two and a half years later they are still going strong! Well this summer I realized that I was going to have my little visitor while on our Jersey Shore vacation and I was not really prepared for traveling with my cloth pads. Lunapads to the rescue! They sent me a bunch of goodies for my trip.
|Mesh Laundry Bag|
|Long Pad & Liner, Extra Liners & Travel Pouch|
|Heavy Pad & Wing Liner|
I know it is really hard to get past the ick factor of using washable cloth pads. Heck it took me years to get to the point to wanting to try them. But I really am so glad that I did. They are so much more comfortable and better for your body, health and the environment. I cannot say enough good things about Lunapads products and highly recommend them to anyone.
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Please note that the opinions and views expressed in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product and/or company. You may encounter a different experience with this than I did. Lunapads provided me with a free products to review.