Sustainable Menstruation refers to the practices where environment friendly alternatives and conventional menstrual products are used. Sustainable living is the practice of reducing our demand on natural resources by making sure that we replace non-sustainable, one time use products with reusable, sustainable products.
It started with my first delivery, Post delivery, I had bled for almost a month. I was quite irritated by the dryness and itching due to those plastic pads, in a week. That’s when I decided to look for an alternative and got only a couple of cloth pads, to my surprise it absorbed well also the cleaning was not gross, there was a bit of damp feeling though, not as uncomfortable as a plastic pad. Then I tried a few more brands and kept trying and testing until Bumpadum launched it’s cloth pads which is now known as Bhoomi.
I have used Disposable Sanitary Napkins(DSN) for a few years initially, after some time, switched to Cloths- pad folded, and used DSN only when I went out. Again I switched to Cloth pads, post first delivery i.e in August 2014. Cloth Pads are better than Disposable Sanitary Napkins- sharing some points through my experience.
My experience with Bumpadum Cloth Diapers was wonderful and my Cloth diapering journey was smooth because of it. But obvious reason to try cloth pads from same brand and they came as testers from very first set of sample in 2017. I tried them, the absorption was also wonderful, they are made of 5 layers of very absorbent organic cotton.
You don’t have to always be worried about leak and stain with Bhoomi pads, comes with wings that snaps together securely around your underwear and the lower most layer which is facing underwear is leakproof, that prevents messy leaks and stains when compared to DSN.
While cloth pads didn’t make me forget that I have my periods, they are certainly softer and more comfortable on my sensitive areas than DSN, because of velour cloth being the top layer, touching the skin. They prevent itching and rashes and do not have nauseating, artificial fragrances. I used to get rashes with DSN
Using DSNs exposes you and your most-sensitive parts to harmful plastics, artificial fragrances, chemicals, dioxins and bleach. Cloth pads on the other hand are made of natural fabric. Even the leak proof layer is kept away from contact with your skin.
Disposables are a drain on your wallet month after month. Whereas, Cloth pads are reusable, lasts for about 3-5years if maintained well and save your money. I haven’t bought even a single DSN since 2014
DSN take a huge toll on our environment. They are not bio-degradable. They occupy landfills, clog sewers and waterways and when incinerated, releases harmful dioxins and other unpleasant, harmful chemicals into the air we breathe. Switching to cloth pads keeps waste away from our environment and helps us live better. I have saved 1400 plastic pads until now, from going into land fill and polluting our environment.
You just have to soak the soiled pads in cold water for 20-30 mins and wash with detergent, agitate till clear water runs out and Sun dry them, best disinfectant. I have not washed them in machine, No need to use any disinfectant like Dettol or Savlon. I prefer to hand-wash them for my satisfaction.
I have traveled many times while using Cloth Pads, I keep Changing once in 5-6hrs and store them in Wetbags. wash them all together once I reach my destination by soaking them all in cold water for an hour. You can store them in a small bag with UGs post sun drying, once your cycle completes until next cycle.
Bhoomi Cloth pads are a modern twist on the age-old practice of using soft, gentle, washable and reusable cloth to absorb menstrual flow. Comes in vibrant colors and cute Prints. With convenience of wings that snaps together securely around underwear and a leakproof layer that prevents leaks. They are easy to wash, gentle on the skin and a great complement to menstrual cups for low-flow days or an alternative to cups for those women who are unable use them. This is for now, will come up with more on Sustainable Menstruation soon.