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.