Listen, I get it. Making the switch from disposable pads to reusable sanitary pads takes a leap of faith. While you may be sold on the environmental benefits of Wear ‘Em Out pads, the reality of switching to a reusable sanitary pad isn’t always easy.
To help, I’ve put together a list of all the benefits of reusable sanitary pads. Trust me when I tell you, changing to reusable pads isn’t just great for the environment, it’s also better for you.
Benefit 1: Reusable Sanitary Pads Reduce Plastic Use
Every year, in the UK alone, 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste ends up in landfill. That’s about the weight of 1,739 blue whales or (if we were being crude), a metric f*ck tonne. And it gets worse. Disposable sanitary pads use 90% single use plastic and contain up to 5 carrier bags-worth of plastic which takes up to 800 years to decompose. So, by the time your great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren die, that disposable sanitary product will have just about disappeared.
Benefit 2: Reusable Sanitary Pads Reduce Energy Use
Because Wear ‘Em Out sanitary pads are reusable, you won’t need to buy any other sanitary pads for about 4 years. Super convenient, no? It also means switching to reusable pads significantly reduces the energy usage necessary in making plastic which is very energy intensive. It can result in toxic residual chemicals making it an all-round terrible thing for the planet. Wear ‘Em Out’s reusable sanitary pads help reduce the need to make as much plastic thus reducing energy consumption. Simple.
Benefit 3: Reusable Sanitary Pads Have Less Toxins
Did you know that there are reportedly up to 3,000 harmful toxins in your current disposable sanitary pads? Strange then, that there’s no UK legislation in place to enforce brands to list chemicals used in their product on the packaging. I don’t know about you, but I can imagine that my vagina is a pretty absorbent place and the last thing I want is a bunch of chemical nasties invading it. In contrast, Wear ‘Em Out’s reusable pads use absolutely no nasties and still keep you dry, leak-free and smell-free. Winner, winner chicken dinner.
Benefit 4: Reusable Pads Will Save Money
Buying reusable sanitary pads may feel like an expensive purchase but remember: that’s all you’ll ever need to spend on sanitary products for four years. We’re coming around to the idea of rejecting fast fashion and can understand investing in classic pieces. So just think of reusable sanitary pads as classic pieces for your vagina. Listen, on average, we spend £5,000 in a lifetime on sanitary products. That’s the equivalent to 89 of our Heavier Starter Packs! I don’t know about you, but I’d far rather spend £59.99 on reusable sanitary pads that I can use over and over and use the cash I save to go to Barbados. But maybe that’s just me.
Benefit 5: Reusable Pads Will Save Water
The fact is, disposable sanitary products are partly responsible for almost 370,000 sewer blockages in the UK. We simply shouldn’t be flushing them into our water system at all. Thames Water alone removes 30 tonnes of unflushable material every day from one of its sites. Not only does this have questionable consequences for the quality of our water, it also costs consumers (you) £12 million a year.
Benefit 6: Reusable Sanitary Pads Perform Better Than Disposable Sanitary Pads
I’ll be honest: my biggest concern was that reusable pads wouldn’t perform. Like many women, I live in fear of that embarrassing leak but while I’m trying to unlearn all the shame society has placed on me with regards to my period, the fear is still real. I’ve been using Wear ‘Em Out pads for 6 months now and I’ll never go back. Not only do they stay dry – they don’t give off that weird ‘pad’ smell that we all know so well. There’s no soreness (yes, the chemicals in traditional pads made me sore) and I’ve never leaked.
Benefit 7: Reusable Pads Will Make You Cool
Saving the planet is cool. Fact. Considering your impact on future generations is a cool thing to do. Fact. Reducing your plastic and energy use is coo. Fact. And, if that’s not enough to convince you check out how cool these publications think our reusable sanitary pads are: