• What is Washable cloth pads?
    • Washable cloth pads are a designed innovation of the sustainable practice of using folded cloth. Cloth pads look and function a lot like disposable pads in so much as they:

    • 1. are shaped for women’s bodies

      2. have wings to keep them securely in place

      3. use absorbent material for catching flow 4. offer leakproofprotection

    • With proper care – washing, sun drying and clean storage – cloth washable pads can last for about 75 washes and are a natural and hygienic menstrual solution that does not generate waste! In recent years, more and more women across the world are switching away from disposable pads to washable cloth pads. For them, cloth has many compelling advantages over disposable pads – financial savings, waste reduction, comfort, improved genital health, support of local livelihood and the intangible, yet powerful impact of using a product that communicates a message of holistic female beauty and dignity.
  • Why Washable cloth pads?
    • Majority of the Indian women are using disposable sanitary napkins. How many of us know the disposable sanitary napkins affect the health as well as the environment. Have any of us explored what’s inside the regular sanitary napkins available in the market?

    • 1. The top layer, often called a dri-weave top sheet, is made of polypropylene – it is essentially a plastic fleece.

      2. The biggest component is the padding, made usually of wood pulp mixed with SAP (super absorbent polymers) – a plastic based gel which draws fluid away from the surface towards the bottom of the pad

      3. Leakproof layer is made from an impermeable polyethylene, non-woven films.

      4. Fragrances are sometimes added

  • Environmental issue
    • As there is no proper disposable mechanism, Most disposable pads end up as part of unsegregated household waste for ragpickers to sort,are tossed, littering village roadsides or are burned along with other domestic waste, releasing toxins from the plastics. Some of them are eaten by street dogs or cows who choke on the plastic linings used.

    • Assuming that a woman needs a minimum of 12-14 disposable pads per cycle, an average Indian woman throws away 5000 disposable sanitary pads in her lifetime. In India, most of these pads go to landfills, where they will not break down or reintegrate into the environment. Sometimes landfills getting burned up results in release of dioxins which pollute air, soil and groundwater. Most alarming is the fact that a single use disposable pad is estimated to take between 500 – 800 years to decompose.

  • Social issue
    • Sanitary waste coming out of every household is mixed up with kitchen waste and recyclable waste such as plastic,paper and Aluminium. In an effort to collect recyclable wastes for their daily wages, ragpickers ultimately end up in putting their hands in mixed waste which is danger to their health as well as it affects their dignity.

  • Health issue
    • In addition to the environmental problems created by disposable sanitary products, the health effects are alarming.The major brands use chlorine bleach to whiten their products.The bleaching process does not sterilise anything – it only ensures that the products are white. The process results in the production of dioxin – a type of “organochlorine” as is DDT, PCBs and Agent Orange – that is linked to cancer, especially breast cancer, immune system suppression, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease

      The plastic based gel will dry or cover up odor(stink or bad smell) may cause vaginal irritation, allergies, burning, itching and yeast infections.

    • Now its high time to switch over to the greener period with 100% cotton washable cloth pads that are non-polluting, healthy to use, affordable and beautiful. A woman who chooses Eco Femme washable cloth pads, which last for approx 75 washes, can prevent on average 600 disposable pads or tampons from being thrown away during that same time. She also decreases her risk of rashes and yeast infections by using pure cotton cloth, which is soft and hypoallergenic. Currently, she saves at least Rs 1000 per month in disposables. Most importantly, she feels beautiful in her colorful, stylish washable cloth pad.

  • FAQ’s
    • What do women in India currently use for menstruation?

      In India, women have traditionally used scrap cloth from old saris or towels, folded and held in place by underwear or a string “belt.” These cloth scraps are generally used for 2 to 3 months, then burned or buried. To this day, most – an estimated 74% – Indian women are still practicing this traditional method of managing menstruation. Some women improvise using locally available materials such as sand, ash, rice husk, plastic and paper – with such practices hygiene is a concern. As Indians have more disposable income, there is a recent trend toward the use of commercially available disposable sanitary napkins.

    • What about tampons and reusable menstrual cups?

      In most of India, women do not use internal products. We have conducted focus groups and seminars with hundreds of rural women where they were shown both tampons and menstrual cups. Almost all of them express horror and disgust at the thought of putting a product inside themselves. Despite the merits of these products in the Western mind, they are not acceptable to rural Indian women.

    • Why would anyone want to wash and reuse a bloody menstrual pad?

      Women have been doing it for thousands of years before you. It’s really not so bad. We promise =)

    • Are washable cloth pads hygienic?

      Cloth has been used by millions of women across the world to manage menstruation for generations. The real question is not whether cloth is hygienic, but whether it is cared for hygienically. Are panties inherently unhygienic? When cloth pads are washed well, dried in direct sunlight and stored properly, they are perfectly hygienic. Traditional knowledge tells us that the UV rays from the sun is nature’s best disinfectant. Learn more in our full care instructions.

    • How do you wash cloth pads?

      Cloth pads can be washed easily by hand or in the washing machine. The secret is soaking them in cold or warm water for 30 minutes before washing. Most of the blood comes out in the soaking process. After that, it’s just like washing your clothes. Check out our full care instructions, or watch this video! Our volunteer, Krupa, will walk you through how easy it really is!

    • Doesn’t washing cloth pads use a lot of water? What about areas that do not have access to clean water?

      We have found that washing cloth pads takes little more water than washing underwear or any other cloth of the same size. We are not saying that everyone should use washable cloth pads all the time. If a village doesn’t have access to reasonably clean water or enough water to wash their clothes, then maybe washable cloth pads are not the solution. We believe that most regions in rural India do have the resources to continue their traditional practice of using washable cloth for menstruation.

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