Did you know that most sanitary pads are made or bleached with chlorine compounds that contain trace of the organochlorine - dioxin. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named dioxin the most potent carcinogen known to science. A 1996 EPA study linked dioxin exposure with increased risks for endometriosis (an infection of the uterine lining).
The EPA has also concluded that people with high exposure to dioxins may be risk for other effects that could suppress the immune system, increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, reduce fertility, and possibly interfere with normal fetal and childhood development.
In overseas test, sanitary pads have been found to contain 400 parts per trillion (ppt) dioxin.
Although the paper industry has maintained that such levels are too low to cause any health problems, studies have shown that dioxin appears to migrate easily out of paper products.
Fish and other wildlife have died after exposure to the incredibly small dose of 38 parts per quadrillion dioxin.
To make a sanitary pad, wood pulp fibers are first dispersed in water in large tub. Most of the chemical s and dyes required are added at this stage (The pulp is then scraped and brushed and inserted with air to make fleecy. Some pads contain added rayon, which also originates from wood, for extra absorbency. The cellulose in the wood is dissolved in a caustic solution, and squirted into fine jets in an acid bath (The mixture then solidifies and dries into longer fibers).
Chemical processes included de-linking recycled material, washing with detergents and bleaching. (As a result, some traces of chemical used remain in the pad).
Additives are also used to enhance the properties of the pad. These include absorbency agents and wet-strength agent - often, polysorbate and area formaldehyde.
Further bleaching, involving chorine, may take place to achieve that growing white look.
That's the part you can't see. But even the external parts on a sanitary pad that you can see are all not natural.
The plastic bottom - to prevent leakage - will usually be made of polypropylene or rayon.
The non-woven fabric covering on the pad is a lightweight material which is often polypropylene or rayon.
The back has 1 or 2 strips of pressure-sensitive adhesive covered with a strip of siliconised compound paper. (The pads are then packaged in plastic bags or shrinkwrapped. And the packet itself may be printed with patterns - again, a chemical process.)
Ecoria reusable menstrual pads are made up of several layers of combination of 100% cotton skin friendly fabrics, stitched together in ergonomically manner, so as to provide better protection.
Fasteners are used in wings , to make pads stay in place. These pads keep on getting more absorbent after being used and washed. Help you to get connected with your body. The flow too lightens after a few cycles of using them. Also general aching subsides. By choosing to use washable and reusable menstrual pads you are no longer exposing yourself to the potentially harmful chemicals and synthetic materials found in most disposable pads Reusable products are typically made with more natural and organic materials that require a different routine to be highly absorbent, breathable and leak proof.
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I have two daughters and I have been discussing this with my oldest. We could save a ton of money . I am going to try it and see how we do. We have tried its too good.Neha Mahajan
I don’t fear my periods anymore. Cloth pads are good for you…notice if your flow lightens after a few cycles of using them. Mine did, also my general aching subsided that usually accompanied my monthly period. I feel great after using cloth pads.Rachana Sharma
Hi I just made the switch to EcoRia re-usable pads! I love it! I've been trying to convert my friends and one of them is interested. I hope I can get as many people as possible to use this product. Not only does it cut down on your bills every year. If you're reading this, I highly recommend that you make the switch like I did.Sikha Dutt
EcoRia have literally changed my life. I no longer have to worry if I am going to have enough pads to last the day.I no longer have to ask my husband to go to the medical store for me. I no longer have to wear hot, wet, yucky pads. I don't have to deal with chafing, leaking, or adhesives sticking to me!Sheetal Patel
I've always been interested in using cloth pads but I never actually did until just recently. I got a sample and tried it out and came back and bought enough for a whole period. Once you get to used to washing and wearing it becomes really easy. I won't go back to disposables and I'm telling all my closest friends to give it a try.Nancy Das