Not all cloth pads are created equal,Did you know that harmful and harsh chemicals could be hiding in the fabrics of your cloth pads? No! Why does it matter what my cloth pads are made out of? Are you trying to get away from those chemicals and plastics ? Then why have cloth pads made out of plastic then? Take the time to choose the most sustainable and ethical cloth pads for your body and the planet. And it won’t cost the earth on average you only have to spend £1 to £3 more to purchase cloth pads made out of sustainable fabrics.

Here are our top tips for building your perfect ethical and sustainable cloth pads stash.

 Top fabrics

  • Organic flannel certified (sustainable and biodegradable)
  • Cotton flannel OEKO-TEX® (biodegradable)
  • Organic Bamboo fleece certified (sustainable and biodegradable)
  • 100% Cotton OEKO-TEX® (biodegradable)
  • Organic 100% Cotton certified (biodegradable)
  • Organic Bamboo Velour is otherwise known as OBV. ( sustainable and biodegradable)
  • Bamboo & Organic Cotton Velour (sustainable and biodegradable )
  • Organic Cotton Velour (sustainable and biodegradable )

The inner core:

  • Organic Bamboo fleece certified (sustainable and biodegradable)
  • Organic Bamboo Terry certified (sustainable and biodegradable)
  • Organic flannel certified (sustainable and biodegradable)
  • Cotton flannel OEKO-TEX® (biodegradable)
  • Bamboo hemp terry (sustainable and biodegradable)

Backings

If you can avoid it, avoid cloth pads that contains PUL as it is a nonbiodegradable fabric.
If you want cloth pads that are fleece backed opt for recycled fleece as this has a lower environmental footprint.

KAM snaps OEKO-TEX®

Fabrics to avoid:
Microfibre, as it is an unsustainable, non-biodegradable and releases microparticles of plastic fibre into our water, find out more here
Bamboo charcoal fleece don’t be fooled by the name it’s not a bamboo fleece fibre, it’s a poly mix with charcoaled bamboo.
Minky a polyester fabric which does not biodegrade. Ovoid textiles that contain polyester for the majority of your cloth pads stash.

This is by no means a definitive list but we hope it will be helpful to you.

We hope you found this blog post useful and we’d love to hear your opinions on this topic in the comments below.