Why make the switch?
Let’s say that an average cloth pad in our store costs $10, and they last about ten years. This means that you’d be paying $1 each year for that pad. If you need around 30 pads to meet your period needs, this means that each year you’d pay $30 and all the pads would last ten years. So if you’re paying more than $30 a year for your period supplies now, it makes sense to switch to cloth.
Maybe you’ve never heard of them, or you're curious to learn more. Cloth pads can save a lot of money in a woman’s life. There is also the comfort factor. Cloth pads do not crinkle, stick to delicate areas or trap the heat and sweat your body produces. Finally, cloth pads have a large impact on reducing the waste that we produce.
Each pad has a topper fabric that touches the skin. This can be cotton, flannelette, bamboo charcoal fleece, suedecloth, pique, minky or bamboo fabric. The core is made up of different materials based on preference of the maker. We use a combination of either cotton batting, Zorb or bamboo hemp fleece, depending on the desired absorbency. For the backing fabric that touches the underwear, we use either Windpro fleece or bamboo sherpa that is heat bonded to PUL (polyurethane laminate). The Windpro fleece is water resistant, so it will keep moisture inside the pad up to a point. It will leak if the demand and absorbency don’t match up. PUL, on the other hand, has a hidden layer of thin, water proof flexible plastic membrane. It is the closest thing to a disposable in terms of durability and dependability. There is a higher price point for PUL since it is more expensive material.
We also carry bamboo charcoal fleece. This fabric has some amazing properties! The charcoal nano particles that are imbedded in the fabric means that odour is absorbed, fungal and bacterial infections are reduced and it is also stain resistant. Don’t worry- the nano particles don’t “fall out” of the fabric.
Finally, we provide laundry bags and pad wrappers to store your pads in. Wet bags or laundry bags have a layer of PUL that mean they can hold damp pads until laundry day. Pad wrappers are small squares of PUL that are great for one or two pads during the day.