With the wellness craze in full swing, many of us now spend more time choosing healthier meals and even carefully vetting skincare labels. But what about the pads we use during that time of the month? It’s estimated that the average woman spends 7 years of her life on her period. That’s a lot of time spent perusing drugstore aisles and stocking up on pads! Despite that, we’ve never really questioned what ingredients are found in period products and directly go into our bodies. However, choosing period products that feel right for you is a crucial step in having a comfortable, pain-free cycle. The good news is, people who bleed no longer have to settle for the stuffy plastic pads of yesterday.
Let’s talk about the benefits of organic period pads, and why you should definitely make the switch!
Organic pads are healthier for your bodyTo give pads their white color, manufacturers use chemicals called dioxins. These are found to be highly toxic and can cause cancer, developmental problems, and disrupt hormones. On top of this, exposure to dioxins is also associated with endometriosis and even infertility. Vaginal tissue is more absorptive than other parts of your skin, which means toxic period products should be all the more alarming to everyone.
Organic pads are more breathable
Traditional pads are typically made of synthetic fibers, which is why they feel plastic-y, stuffy, and just plain uncomfortable. And what about traditional pads made of cotton? Unfortunately, they’re not any better, as cotton is reportedly the ‘dirtiest crop in the world’ because of the toxic pesticides and insecticides used during harvest. At Halia, we only use EcoCert organic-certified bamboo cotton, which means that it’s guaranteed to be free from harmful fertilizers or pesticides. The result is soft, breathable pads that allow your skin to breathe while reducing the risk for allergies, skin irritation, and bacterial infection. You’ll forget they’re even there.
Organic pads are less harmful for the environment
You roll it, scrap it, and throw it in the bin after use. But do you ever think about where these used pads go? Unfortunately, they end up in landfills, beaches, and even in the stomachs of marine life. According to National Geographic, plastic-made pads take at least 500 years to decompose. Now, multiply that by the millions of menstruators around the world. In contrast, organic pads such as Halia’s only take 6 months to break down into organic matter in industrial compost standards, and 12 months to break down in a household compost. If the pads do end up in a landfill, it would still only take 2-5 years to biodegrade. Moreover, we ensure that the bamboo we use comes from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources — the most responsibly managed forests with strict environmental, social, and economic standards. Now, wipe that sweat off your forehead and know that your period doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Organic pads make your cycle more comfortableDo a quick Google search on organic pads, and you’ll find hundreds of testimonies from converts who claim that switching to organic helped shorten their cycles, lessen period cramps, reduce yeast infections, and improve odors. While there has yet to be formal research conducted, it’s definitely possible that organic pads can reduce the severity or duration of menstrual symptoms. After all, they contain fewer chemicals than their traditional counterparts, which means your body has less toxins to worry about.
Whether you’re worried about the environmental effects of your period or want to improve your period hygiene, organic pads are a great choice for all people who bleed. Not only will you get to enjoy a fuss-free period, but you’ll also reduce your exposure to chemicals and lessen plastic waste. And with Halia, organic pads are now more accessible than ever. Make the switch to organic today!