I have been cloth diapering my son for almost a year, and my goodness it’s a good feeling. Not only is it better his bottom but also for the environment.
Disposables have only been around for about 60 years – they take 500 years to decompose – so in essence all the disposables ever used are still lying in landfills! It is believed that around 18 billion disposables end up in landfills in America alone per year. That is enough motivation for me.
Most people don’t know this or do this, but one is supposed to dispose of the waste in the diaper before chucking it. The waste leaks into the ground and contaminates it, whereas when the waste is flushed it goes through the sewerage system. So next time before wrapping up that dirty diaper, flush the waste down the toilet and dispose of it safely.
Anyway, my focus today are natural solutions for woman’s monthlies.
After 19 months of menstrual free bliss, it returned… I rushed to the shops and got my supplies. For some reason I was not gelling with the disposable pads and tampons… And because I was already into eco diapering I decided to give mama cloth a try. This may be a strange concept for some to wrap their head around, but the alternative is much more horrifying. Can you imagine your monthly pads lying in the landfills – An average North American uses 16,800 disposable pads/tampons during a lifetime. Every year, in Britain alone, a staggering 1 billion sanitary towels get disposed off and end up in landfills.
Natural, easy, comfortable and healthy alternatives
There are some great products on the market –
1. Cloth pads – they come in beautiful prints and various sizes (panty liners, regular and large). They are soft and comfortable to wear. Easy to clean and reusable!
- Charlie Banana® innovative washable feminine pads are very comfortable and stylish. A must try for every woman.
- They are free of perfumes, chlorine, and chemicals.
- Choose your ideal absorbency: Panty liner, Regular, Super.
- They are unbelievably stain resistant.
- We have a fabulous selection of colours to choose from.
- They are sold in packs of 3 with the mini tote bag included.
Available from www.tinyhiney.co.za
- THX cloth pads are very affordable
- They come in packs of 3
Available from www.babythingz.co.za
2. Menstrual cups – they are silicon cups that are inserted.
My own cup R215 on faithfultonature.co.za, is the most affordable one I have come across in SA. Other brands to check out are: meluna cup, iris cup, mia cup, mpower cup, moon cup. There are many brands available. I would recommend reading reviews on blogs to make a decision about which cup would be the best for you.
- Saves money
- Environmentally friendly
- Health benefits
Mama Cloth has also been proven to have many health benefits associated with their use. “Maxi Pads” and disposable diapers are both laced with chemicals and unnatural products. These chemicals and toxins have been proven to increase the chances of yeast infections, rashes and some of the toxins, such as bleach, have even been banned in many European countries and been linked to cancer!
- Improved menstruation
Many users of Mama Cloth have reported that with continued use of Mama Cloth, their menstrual cycles shortened, their cramps decreased, and their overall flow decreased. These benefits have been shown to be linked to the lack of chemicals and toxins which undoubtedly have a negative impact on health.
- More comfortable
Due to Soft fabric, various sizes and shapes.
There is a great group on Facebook for mama cloth and cup users, so if you are interested to find out more go HERE.
Consider switching – you will be happy you did;)