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Product Review: Imse Vimse Cloth Menstrual Pad

By Fredrica Syren:

For the past three months I’ve been using Imse Vimse organic menstrual pads.The pads are made of 100% organic cotton and come in three different sizes: mini, normal and night.  Regular and nighttime pads are reinforced with a thin layer of polyurethane laminated polyester to make them leakproof.

I’ve used all three.  I like that they all have wings to keep the pad in place.  I’m a very active person who walks, bikes, practices yoga and plays with kids;  and these pads have been comfortable throughout the day and have not bothered me a bit.  They also have prevented leaks, so I have felt safe with them even on days when the flow is heaviest.

They are very easy to clean.  I wash them in warm water with soap nuts.  I also add a few drops of tee tree oil to the laundry water to disinfect the pads.  Then, I hang-dry them outside in the sun.  There are no stains at all.

Using cloth pads instead of disposable ones not only saves you money but also will save your health and the environment.  Disposable pads are enormously problematic from an environmental perspective since they fill up our landfills and some of their elements never will break down;  therefore, they will stay in the landfill forever.  The FDA, for example, does not require the listing of the components of disposable menstrual pads, or a statement that most are bleached during manufacturing, leaving behind dangerous dioxins.  (All around the world, high levels of dioxins have been found in nature and food sources, mostly in animal protein since it accumulates in fatty tissue. Dioxins cause reproductive and thyroid problems, as well as cancer.)  On a more personal level, disposable pads can contain allergens, perfumes, and other chemicals that may irritate some women.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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