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Around 20 billion feminine hygiene products flood North American landfills annually, making the use of reusable feminine hygiene products critical. Speculation surrounds reusable hygiene products because of the functions they serve. Still, in reality, the benefits that come with them outweigh what little benefits come from their disposable counterparts.
We will cover the various reasons you should consider switching to eco-friendly reusable feminine hygiene alternatives from environmental to health benefits.
Here are five significant benefits that come with reusable feminine hygiene products.
The first reason you should consider switching to reusable hygiene products is to help the environment. To put this into perspective, the average woman menstruates from the ages of 13 to around 51. A woman may use up to 350 packs of menstrual pads, equalling about 12,000 to 16,000 pads.
Now, imagine that number multiplied by the billions of women worldwide and how much waste that produces.
Reusable feminine hygiene products work to cut down on the plastic and other non-biodegradable materials that go into the manufacturing process. Making the conscious choice to switch to eco-friendly products and even going as far as making your own is the best way to tackle unnecessary pollution.
If you’re wary of current eco-friendly menstrual products on the shelves, a good option for producing reusable feminine hygiene products is the ProCool Stay Dry fabrics. These moisture-wicking fabrics will allow women to enjoy the benefits of reusable menstrual pads without having to worry about leaking—the material rapidly moves moisture away from the skin to the absorbent layer, arguably making it more effective than current disposable options.
Often paired with menstruation products is period underwear. Make sure you’re getting the right fabrics for period and incontinence underwear to pair with your reusable feminine hygiene products.
Disposable products contain irritants such as plastics, chlorine, artificial fragrances, and in some cases, pesticides which can cause allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and over time—in severe cases—can lead to reproductive disorders and even cancer.
With the continued use of disposable products, one’s budget is quickly dwindling, contributing to pollution, and putting women’s health at risk. Even if someone lives the healthiest lifestyle possible, prolonged exposure to these harmful chemicals will cultivate adverse health effects. When you take a step back, disposable menstrual products don’t seem like a viable option.
With reusable and eco-friendly menstrual products made from absorbent fabrics such as Zorb, you won’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. Fabrics like Zorb Original and Zorb 3D, amongst the rest of the line, are manufactured here in the U.S.A. in an EPA compliant facility to ensure that they’re ready to use for eco-friendly menstrual pad production straight out of the package.
The formula here is pretty straightforward: investing in reusable feminine hygiene products eliminates the need for frequent purchases. No one woman is the same, but one can expect to spend anywhere from $10 to $20 a month on disposable menstrual pads. Based on the timeline we looked at earlier, a woman can expect to pay anywhere from $4,560 to $9,120 on menstrual pads in their lifetime.
Reusable feminine hygiene products only need to be replaced every couple of years, and with proper care, you can make them last even longer. Making feminine hygiene products with durable and waterproof fabrics like ECO-PUL takes reusability to another level. These antimicrobial fabrics use silver ions to help control odor and create long-lasting freshness; with a single wash, you can reuse these fabrics and say goodbye to kiss disposable pads for good.
Additionally, you can get a whole yard of ECO-PUL fabric starting at $10—the number of menstrual products you can make for a fraction of the cost of disposable pads is incredible.
A valid concern some women may have toward making the switch to reusable menstrual products is their reliability. Traditional disposable pads have been the norm for years, and many people struggle to accept new alternatives. But what if that new reusable pad performed better than a disposable one?
Disposable pads are notorious for using artificial fragrances in an attempt to cover up odors. The companies that produce these products often compromise on materials to cut costs; unfortunately, this can lead to leaks, rendering the pad useless and costing you money.
Not only do reusable feminine hygiene products eliminate the use of harmful chemicals and save money, but they’re also a more effective product. Fabrics like Zorb 4D and ProSoft ECO-PUL are incredibly absorbent and provide an all-in-one fabric solution to create efficient pads that won’t leak. If reliability is something you prioritize, you’ll benefit significantly from reusable pads.
Lastly, by choosing reusable feminine hygiene products over disposable options, you support the transition toward eco-friendly alternatives. When enough people adopt a process or product, the masses follow. Whether you choose to make your pads from Zorb or ProCool fabrics, you’re helping other women see the benefits of reusable products, allowing them to ditch disposable pads and lead healthier and more sustainable lives.
Additionally, by supporting companies like Wazoodle, you’re supporting American-made products & jobs—it’s this support that allows companies to keep their customers safe from cheaply made and harmful products.
If you’re ready to reap the benefits of using reusable feminine hygiene products, check out the array of eco-friendly fabrics we offer at Wazoodle. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the different combinations of fabrics that you can use to create comfortable, absorbent, and safe-to-wear menstrual pads.
We’ve partnered with AKAS Tex, Lycra, CoolMax, Cotton Inc, and Silvadur to create the best fabrics for you to use to make the switch to sustainable and cost-efficient feminine hygiene products as pleasant as possible.
Check out our FAQs or send us an email if you have any questions regarding our products and process. Your satisfaction is our number one priority, and we’re always happy to help.