In the United States and Canada alone, more than 12 billion pads and tampons are tossed annually. Using cloth menstrual pads can help to reduce the landfill burden.
There are a number of sites that offer free patterns and instructions to make your own pads. Several other websites offer ready-made cloth pads for purchase.
Since they don’t aren’t made with plastic, the pollution generated by the plastic manufacturing industry doesn’t come into the picture with cloth pads. Choosing unbleached fabrics means that health-threatening dioxins were not used to lighten fabric.
Organic cloth for pads will ensure that pesticides have not been used in fiber production. If the pads are laundered with earth-friendly practices, the environmental savings really add up.
This is one area where a small change in habits can mean a big benefit to the environment.