What is a cloth menstrual pad?
The cloth menstrual pad (or simply cloth pads) is a reusable alternative to disposable pads. Cloth pads are environmentally friendly, reusable, cost-saving, as well as having purported health benefits. They are usually made of an absorbent fabric layer (such as cotton, organic fibres and also synthetically made fibres) which function to absorb the flow of blood during menses and postnatal period.
Why should you say no to disposable pads?
Disposable pads are produced from pulp, or in most cases, recycled paper. Paper is recycled and bleached to whiten it. However, this bleaching process produced a side chemical called dioxin, which is a highly carcinogenic (i.e. cancer-causing) chemical. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of U.S., individuals who are exposed to high levels of dioxin have an increased risk of cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, as well as increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. This dioxin, unfortunately, remain on the disposable pads as a result of this bleaching process.