Conventional disposable products can contain plastics, artificial fragrances, adhesives, and chemical gels--things you don't want next to one of the most sensitive parts of your body! Choosing GladRags all-cotton pads means comfortable periods free from irritating materials and avoiding unnecessary exposure to the synthetic ingredients in disposable pads and tampons.
One of the lesser-known benefits of switching to reusable menstrual products is the period positivity that comes along with it. The menstrual cycle is a healthy and natural process. Many of us grow up believing that it's a messy inconvenience or, worse, a disgusting disease-like condition. The embarrassment or shame we feel about our periods is often a result of negative cultural conditioning. Fortunately, many of us have experienced profound positive transformations in our feelings toward our menstrual cycles after switching to GladRags!
Once you purchase a full set of GladRags, you'll have reliable menstrual protection for years to come. GladRags are made to last for five years, but many of our customers report that their pads have lasted much longer--some are 20+ years old and still going strong!
It can seem like GladRags cost more than disposables, but they actually are much more economical when compared to the cost of disposable products over your lifetime. On average, we'll each use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, tampons, and pantyliners in our menstruating lifetimes (and beyond, if we use pads and pantyliners for post-menopausal incontinence). If you're buying boxes of 20 tampons or pads at $5 per box, you'll spend upwards of $3,000... on trash.
It's kind of like equipping your kitchen with ceramic plates: it would be tremendously expensive (not to mention wasteful!) to continuously purchase disposable paper plates, so we buy plates that we can use indefinitely. We make an initial investment into something reusable that will last a long time, and that we'll get more enjoyment out of. It's the same idea with GladRags!
Our customers like to tell us how much they've saved over the years with our products. Lilith, an actual GladRags customer, has saved over $1,500 so far. She writes:
I was just wondering about how much money I’ve saved since beginning cloth pad use and came up with this for my usage:
- Average box of tampons – $7 at about 9 boxes per year
- Average box of pantiliners – $6 at about 12 boxes per year
- Approximate amount of money I have spent on cloth pads since the beginning – $200
- Number of years on cloth instead of disposables – 12
Adding taxes at 10%, which is what it averages around here means that my total money saved by using reusable menstrual products is about $1,562. And that’s not even counting the savings of gas money to and from the store each month. I didn’t adjust for laundry costs, because I just throw them in with loads I was already going to do. Impressive total! I can definitely think of better ways to spend that much money than throwing it into a landfill!
Remember the 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, pantyliners, and tampons that each menstruating person might use in their lifetime? That's a whole lot of waste! Plus, think of the manufacturing, shipping, and packaging impact over the years. GladRags last for years, helping you keep your environmental footprint small and saving you from monthly trips to the store.
In a disposable pad's life cycle, its heaviest environmental impact is during the manufacturing process. This is when the raw materials (including fossil fuels and oil to produce plastic) are used. In comparison, GladRags cloth pads--and their packaging--are plastic-free.