The longevity of Wear ‘em Out reusable period pads varies from customer to customer.
We’re sorry if this seems ambiguous babes. But it’s a little like answering the question ‘how long is a piece of string?’! For example, if you buy 12 pads and use them in rotation, they’ll probably last longer than if you buy 6.
We tend to say that if you have a stock of 12 pads, and follow our care advice, they should last up to 4 years. But there are some contributing factors to take into account…
We make our pads to last
We were shocked and appalled when we learnt a single disposable pad or tampon takes longer to degrade than the lifespan of the person who wore it. In fact, it can take up to 800 years.
So, we made it our goal to produce the best eco-friendly alternative on the planet.
We did 10 months of researching, sourcing material and testing our pads before launching. Our pads are produced in the UK and made of breathable fabric with double-binding edges. All with no single-use plastic or nasty chemicals.
As a result, we can promise you a high quality, long lasting product. One that will also dramatically reduce your impact on landfill.
Purpose and frequency
How long your pads last will depend on how you use them, and how frequently.
If you are using our pads for menstrual bleeding then your flow, how long your period lasts and if you’re using them combined with any other menstrual products will all have an impact.
Our pads are also perfect for bladder leaks, and non-period days when you just want to feel a little fresher. But if you are using our pads for a lightweight daily liner it may be that you need to replace them more often. Or have a bigger stock. The Everyday Freshness Pack gives you a little extra daily confidence in you pants. With 7 of our Mini Flo pads, one for every day of the week!
It may be that you’re using our pads post-birth, as our maximum Mega-Mega Flo pad and Mega Flo pad are the perfect combo for heavy bleeding. But after birth, as you return to your usual monthly flow, you may find that you do not need the Mega’s as often, meaning that they last longer.
You may need fewer pads than you think
Our customers often tell us that they change our pads less than they would a disposable. This is because they are more absorbent and don’t irritate or smell bad. Furthermore, we get messages almost daily from our customers telling us they experience fewer heavy bleeds, less cramping, shorter cycle and a generally better period overall.
Less changing, the longer your pads will last.
Treat them right
Making our pads hassle free was another big factor we took into account during the design phase. So, our reusable period pads are easy to wash, either by machine or hand. By following our simple care advice your pads will last longer.
You can always start slowly with reusable period pads
If you’re looking to switch just when you’re at home or just at night-time maybe look at one of the Starter Packs (options for Lighter Flo or Heavier Flo are available). Each has six pads, and you can build your stock out over time.
Or if you’re ‘all in’ and ready to make a full-time switch then we’d recommend our Pick and Mix Pack. You’ll get 10% off each pad, and a FREE Out & About bag, and this should cover your full cycle for many years to come. You can even top this up with a few more pads if you feel the need.