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Why Bother To Use Reusable Pads? Here's Why.

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You may ask the question,

"Why take the reusable cloth pads route from the first place? We're in the 21st Century!" 

disposable tampons

One of the reasons the disposable pads have been created was the desires for convenience. Most menstruating population use either disposable pads or tampons for the convenience of throwing it out after use and not having to worry about anything else afterwards. But have you thought of what effects they can have in your body? Yes, it's convenient, but you have to pay a price for that convenience and it sure shouldn't be your health.

Many of the disposable pads and tampons out on the market contain synthetic materials like Rayon. Rayon is a synthetic material made from wood pulp, which of its byproducts is dioxin. Dioxins are environmental pollutants that are widely known for their highly toxic potential. The World Health Organization describes dioxin as one of the "“dirty dozen” - a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs)." They last a long time once they're in the body because its ability to be absorbed by the fat tissues. And so, labia is one of the most sensitive and permeable areas in your body. Do you want this anything near it? I didn't think so.

Then, how can disposable pads still be made if they are harmful to people? Many manufacturers argue that the level of exposure to dioxin through their products do no harm to the human health, and this also comes from the FDA. Yes, one pad or tampon can simply be a 'trace' of exposure, but what happens when throughout the person's entire lifetime? One person uses an average of 16,000 pads or tampons in a lifetime. Multiply that trace by 16,000 and now you have a heck of a lot more exposure. 

cotton for sanitary pads

And it's not only about the final ingredient list, but also what type of materials are used. Have you ever thought of what kind of cotton is used? Where does it originally come from? Is it non-GMO?  

Rodale Institute reports that:

Cotton is considered the world's dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. Aldicarb, cotton's second best-selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans and wildlife, is still used in 25 countries, including the U.S., where 16 states reported it in their groundwater. The dangers are recognized by the EPA and they have signaled its phase out in 2018.

Worldwide, cotton covers 2.5% of the cultivated land and cotton growers use 16% of the world’s pesticides. Eight of the top 10 pesticides most commonly used on U.S. conventionally produced cotton were classified as moderately to highly hazardous by the World Health Organization. The Environmental Justice Foundation elaborates more on the world wide negative effects of pesticide use in cotton.

Cotton (83%) is one of the top four GMO crops produced in the world which includes soy (89%), canola (75%) and corn (61%). GMO cotton production ranks ninth in global crop production.

On an average, 90 percent of U.S. cotton in 2010 was genetically engineered, according to a USDA survey. However 95 to 98% of all cotton is now genetically engineered in nine of the eleven cotton producing states surveyed. (Source USDA Economic Research Service, July 1, 2011.) The Huffington Post recently posted an excellent blog with more information and commentary on the issue.

organic cotton

This is the very reason why at hannahpad, we only use organic cotton. All of the internal layers that come in contact with your skin, including the absorption layers, are Certified Organic by Control Union (CU834958).

disposable cotton pads
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There is no way to walk away from menstruation, so if the only option you have is to use something to get through it, walk away from the disposables and start using reusables like hannahpads

Make the switch. Now.

Healthy You, Happy Planet🌿
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