sustainable living: making the switch to cloth pads

A couple of months ago, I finally made the switch to cloth pads. After the Kotex pad I had used for years was discontinued — it was part of the line that gave TSS to former model Lauren Wasser — I decided I needed to make a change.

I’ve spent the last three years blogging about conscious consumerism, so it was about time I extended my ethics to everyday goods like pads. From both a financial and environmental perspective, it was the right choice for me, and I wish I’d made it sooner…


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  1. screwdestiny
    September 25, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I personally have a hormonal IUD (Mirena) which is wonderful because not only is it great birth control, but I don't get a period anymore. Haven't had one for seven years now. It's great because I never deal with the hassle of it, but also because I obviously save so much money not having to buy tampons or anything else, and there's zero waste. I know it's not something that everyone would want, but it's certainly a good option to consider for those not planning to have children soon.

  2. Eimear Greaney
    September 18, 2015 / 9:27 am

    good points, I had thought about using the cup some time back but I just stayed with pads as they seem the easiest, I know my cycle and on day three I will go without as its the light day (but not on day 4) – I use pads on the other three days. However, after reading your article, I am thinking of trying to make my own….(there is a moss that was used in olden times here in Ireland but I dont think I will trying that!!)

  3. Avila
    September 18, 2015 / 1:53 am

    I swear by reusable cups! A friend of mine recomended switching several years ago and I can't imagine going back. The learning curve is steep and I had to try a couple different styles to find one that was really comfortable but it was worth it.

  4. jesse.anne.o
    September 17, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    I've done a few rounds of these and various cups but keep coming back to Natracare tampons and mini pads instead. The cloth pads didn't always stay in place with just the snap or velcro, they don't wick and sometimes I was just a bit too heavy for them to work well. I have a few still with the intention that they're more comfortable to sleep with, if needed.The cups work okay once you can get them in the right way but I felt like (even the most gentle silicon Diva/Mooncup) pressed on my whatever up there in a way that either gave me cramps or was just uncomfortable sometimes. I did love not having to do anything all day long with cups though and I always consider going back to them sometimes. Also, living in the city, I just don't do laundry often enough to use cloth pads on the regular. (I drop off anything that I don't have a folding preference for, which means that I drop off underwear, socks, bedding, PJs and wash my own clothes. Obviously I can't drop off cloth pads.) That was an unanticipated bump in the road when I started trying cloth.

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