On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.
This month’s mission was for the ladies, a challenge to switch from chemical-laden disposables to eco-friendly re-usables. I was overwhelmed by the positive response – further proof that my open-minded readers are ready to blaze the trail of this great green revolution. Many were way ahead of me, and those that weren’t there yet, were certainly willing to try. Seriously, you guys amaze me!
But for me, things didn’t go quite according to plans. Due to some wily ex-birth control, I no longer cycle regularly, and this month didn’t present the ‘opportunity’ for experiments. I’d been hoping to try a Diva Cup, but that’ll have to wait. Ah well.
I can provide a review of the lovely cloth pads I’d already purchased and tested. I used Lotus Pads because they’re local and carried by my co-op, but I feel I can use my experience to accurately assess cloth pads in general.
I love these! Firstly, it seems like common sense now in retrospect, but hello!?, soft cotton is SO much more comfy that scratchy bleached paper. These feel so lovely, like giving yourself a bit of extra pampering during an otherwise often-uncomfortable time of the month. So nice!
And secondly, it’s so much easier than I’d imagined. No messy wrestling with unmentionable issues, just a simple reverse fold technique (explained in the product instructions), a dunk in cold water to minimize stains, and you’re good to go until laundry day.
My one complaint is their palate and patterns. Definitely not my style, but I suppose it’s a minor quibble in the grand scheme of sustainable living. Not enough to turn me off, that’s for sure!
So what about you guys? What were your experiences, adventuring into this brand new territory?