One of our UK ambassadors and founder of Campaign for Cloth, Caroline shares her making the switch story.
Making the switch!
I used reusable nappies with my second child Abel who is now 12 and it was during a conversation about nappies that I commented what a great idea reusable pads would be – so I researched pads, bought a few and never looked back. My primary reason for making the switch was waste; now it’s waste, chemicals in the manufacture of pads, cost and overall feel – why would I ever use a scratchy plastic pad when I could have cotton or fleece?
Campaign for cloth took a selection of reusable pads to the Glastonbury Festival this year – it is amazing how many women and girls have no idea that they exist. Most were happy to have the discussion about making the switch and I could see a flicker of consideration. Some, however, were mortified about the suggestion of washing menstrual pads, when questioned why they seemed to think of their periods as dirty – the yuck factor- maybe when we teach girls and boys about menstruation we need to be clear that menstruation isn’t something to be disgusted by.
I do remember the ‘period’ lessons, the boys were vacated from the room and the girls were left with a nurse to show them pads and tampons. Not a discussion between the genders, something that boys needn’t hear at all!
I now share the wonders of cloth pads with anyone who’ll listen!