17-20 October 2024
International Convention Centre Sydney

Honouring your menstrual cycle

Honouring the miracle of the menstrual cycle is a concept that is quite foreign to most women. However the amazing ability for the feminine body to create, carry, birth and nourish new life, is bound to the beauty of our cycle. How we care for our bodies and our cycle, are more important than we may think. And the attributing impacts of our feminine hygiene products on the environment, to our health and the impact on our bank accounts is more significant than one may realise.

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It is extremely permeable, especially around and inside the vagina. Most products touching the skin will be absorbed within the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body, and as the average woman uses tens of thousands of tampons and pads in her lifetime, the exposure to dangers in disposable feminine products is all too common.

Tampons and Pads are considered “medical devices” and hence the ingredients and methods of manufacture are not monitored for internal health and wellbeing. Disposable hygiene products consist of dioxins, synthetic fibres, petrochemical additives and various plastic components and webbing. Plasticising chemicals such as BPA and BPS are used, as well as phthalates, odour neutralisers and fragrances. All of these are potentially hazardous, and research has linked these chemicals to various cancers, heart disease, organ failure, embryonic development disruption and irregular gene expression. Chlorine and other harsh chemicals are used to bleach the fibres, and can create toxic dioxin that is deemed unsafe at any level of exposure.

 These materials create a humid environment, and reduce breathability and can alter the vagina’s pH balance by introducing foreign bacteria and absorbing the healthy bacteria.

Beauty of the Cloth Pad

Modern cloth pads provide a new way of viewing periods. They are also the most cost-effective products to use during your cycle, but more importantly, will keep damaging waste out of landfill. Cloth pads can be extremely lightweight, soft and durable and provide comfort, whilst offering ultra absorbency.

How much can I save switching to cloth?

Most women will menstruate for approximately 35 years and will use anywhere between 10,000-20,000 feminine hygiene products over that time. So when considering the number of disposable feminine products needing to be purchased over this time, the costs are significant. Our Cloth Pads can last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on use and care. Purchasing a set will cost more to begin with, however you will save thousands over the course of your life.

How to Use:

Cloth Pads are designed to mimic disposable pads, so the transition is simple! Simply fasten the wings of your pad around your underwear with the snap and change as needed.

Recommended changing is every 2-6 hours depending on your flow.

Once used, simply fold up and snap the button closed, and place in a Mini Wet-bag if out and about.