Why switch to Eco dreams products?
Conventional disposable pads and tampons are expensive, particularly to the environment. Disposable pads are made up of super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs), surfactant-laced gels and leak proof plastic backings. Whilst tampons are generally made of a blend of cotton and viscose rayon. Disposable pads are basically made of plastic, and a lot of it!
There is roughly four bags worth of plastic in one disposable pad. Rayon ( used in tampons) is made from cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp. The process used to turn a solid piece of wood into the fluffy fibres in your tampon, requires a bleaching process. At the rate of 4 per day, 6 days a month, 12 months a year, for over 35 years, an average woman will be throwing away about 10,000 pads or tampons in her life as well as their plastic packaging. These are then either incinerated (bad for air quality) or put into land fill (where they will take 500 years to break down), during this process they release toxic chemicals into the earth. An average packet containing 14 pads equates to 56 plastic bags. That’s a lot of plastic going into landfill! The long term impact of these things on the environment and our health is largely unknown. In the U.S., more than one billion tons of pesticides and herbicides are sprayed on cotton crops every year. Many of these pesticides can damage the nervous system, lead to cancer or function as hormone disruptors. A huge amount of menstrual related waste also ends up on our beaches and in our oceans. By choosing reusable menstrual products you can eliminate a vast amount of waste during your lifetime.
Disposable pads and tampons are effectively saturated in chemicals! The pads are made up of super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs), surfactant-laced gels and leak proof plastic backings, and of course they are bleached! White Disposable pads and tampons are mostly made of bleached kraft pulp or viscose rayon, this originally comes from wood cellulose from trees. Think about what it must take to get a solid piece of wood into the fluffy fibres in your disposable pad… basically a long series of strong chemical baths. One of these in particular is the chlorine bleaching process that pads go through to get them looking white and hygienic, ironic really considering this is the process that actually does the most damage to the pad. Trace amounts of dioxin has been found in disposable pads therefore increasing your exposure to highly harmful dioxins.
Are you freaked out yet?
Disposable pads and tampons are also not sterile or sanitary as they claim. Cloth pads are made with cloth and contain no bleaching chemicals or dioxin and are completely washable and reusable. Some women report shorter and lighter periods with less cramping after switching to cloth.
No more sweaty itchy pads! Cloth pads are very comfortable! They are far more breathable than disposable pads so you shouldn’t suffer from itching or sweatiness like traditional pads.
Cloth pads come in all shapes and sizes, lengths and absorbencies, fabrics and features, you’re sure to find one that work’s for you. Also Most women forget that they are wearing a pad as it just feels like you are wearing slightly thicker underwear.
Cloth pads are very cost-effective provided you don’t become a Paddict (pad addict!).They can last for 5-10 years depending on how well they are cared for. One reusable cloth pad is estimated to replace 105 disposable pads.105! Let that number sink in for a minute. A woman will have around 400 menstrual cycles in her lifetime, that’s roughly 10,000 disposable products which end up costing approximately £1200! Whereas you should be able to get a fully functional set of cloth pads for about £100.Every year we buy over 3 billion disposable sanitary products in the UK
Each year around £370 million is spent on disposable sanitary products – talk about flushing money down the drain!