A Woman’s Monthly Friend: EcoPads by Baby BeeHinds

Now this might gross out a lot of women, but what if I¬†told¬†you there was a¬†reusable¬†version of your¬†disposable options? Something that would save millions of female sanitary items ending up¬†in¬†landfill each year? Well such things do exist ‚Äď your equivalent tampon is the¬†silicone¬†menstrual cup and¬†reusable¬†cloth sanitary¬†pads, made in much the same way as modern cloth nappies but a lot trimmer¬†and for mums!¬†I am not going to save this article from the gory details as¬†let‚Äôs¬†face it ‚Äď we¬†all have to deal with it¬†once a month¬†and frequently talk about our¬†baby‚Äôs¬†toileting¬†habits!


Most women I discuss this with are not surprisingly, quite disgusted by the idea. But I was recently at our local swimming pool where I met a woman who noticed that my¬†daughter‚Äôs¬†reusable¬†swim¬†nappy has the same¬†print as her Eco Pads. We got talking about these wonderful women‚Äôs¬†accessory¬†and as she quite¬†correctly¬†said ‚Äď it‚Äôs only her blood so what‚Äôs the big deal?


Admittedly when I first started using¬†modern¬†cloth nappies I was quite¬†repulsed¬†by the idea of¬†reusable¬†sanitary¬†items myself. But soon enough I¬†realised¬†that the idea actually made sense ‚Äď why would I be¬†environmentally¬†conscious¬†enough to opt to use¬†cloth nappies and still¬†allow¬†myself to contribute my own personal sanitary items to landfill each month for several decades? So before I had to face the idea of using tampons and pads again I got¬†myself¬†some Baby BeeHinds Eco Pads.


In the USA alone, it is estimated that approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons end up in landfill annually. A single woman alone will use over 10 000 sanitary products in her lifetime. Just like disposable nappies, a sanitary pad takes between 500-800 years to decompose. They are made out of non-renewable petroleum based products hence they are doing significant damage to the environment before they are used! Environmental impact aside, women’s sanitary items contain chemicals, including dioxin (a known carcinogen), that are both environmental pollutants and harmful to the user. The rayon fibres used to make tampons are absorbent but also harbor bacteria that can cause toxic-shock syndrome.


The average Australian woman spends $120-200 a year on personal sanitary items, or between $4000 to $7000 over her menstrual lifetime! A silicone menstrual cup will set you back around $40-50, and reusable sanitary pad costing on average around $12 each, with both lasting many years.

I had many questions myself before I decided to start using eco pads so I will try to address some here…


Aren’t they big and uncomfortable? How do they stay in place?

Actually quite the opposite! They are quite trim and so much softer and comfortable that they disposable version! They come in different sizes both to cater for fit and flow. The resin snaps on the wings make sure they remain secure.


How do I know what size will work best for me?

Buy a trial pack! This is very individual; I have asked a few people the same question and everyone is so different. For women who have a very heavy flow they would need more regular and night sized pads, for women with a lighter flow lights and liners might be adequate.


How many do I need?

Most women would probably use around 5 eco pads per day/overnight; to account for washing every 2 days and drying around 20 ecopads in a mixture of different sizes is ideal.


Can they be used for postpartum bleeding?

Most certainly yes and they are so much nicer than the giant disposable ones that are like incontinence pads!¬†The¬†‚Äėnights‚Äô size would be best to use in this scenario and change to¬†a¬†‚Äėregular‚Äô size once the flow slows down.


Isn’t is messy? What about staining?

They are easy to care for. They just require rinsing in cold water after use, wash within 24 hours in cold-warm water with an eco-friendly detergent and line dry, too easy! Pop them in the dryer on LOW temp is totally fine too! The purple cotton velour hides any sign of staining.


What about when I am out and about?

Just like using modern cloth nappies, a ‚Äėmini‚Äô wet bag comes in handy here.¬†I¬†recommend having 2 pad bags ‚Äď one for clean¬†pads and one for the used pads. The wet bags¬†just go straight into the wash along with the eco pads!


I only wish I had discovered these sooner.¬†I am yet to try a menstrual cup but¬†it‚Äôs¬†definitely¬†the next step for me after using eco pads.¬†Hopefully as more parents become educated about using modern cloth nappies for their babies, they become aware of the¬†availability¬†of lady cloth¬†and¬†realise¬†how much sense¬†it¬†makes to¬†literally¬†‚Äėcloth‚Äô¬†themselves¬†each month¬†when aunt flo arrives.


Now is a great time to try EcoPads by Baby Beehinds. On sale starting from $6 individually or grab a trial pack to test it out. We have customers from all ages using & loving this option so why not give it a go!


Article thanks to Jamie Errico




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