Ladies let's talk! What the world needs now are REUSABLE CLOTH SANITARY PADS!

jomarieb.earth
Posted January 3, 2021 from United States

Dear Sisters,  we have a worldwide dilemma. Too many sanitary napkins are making mountains and tampons clogging pipes. Too many toxic shock episodes, and it's just really expensive to bleed every month.

In the developed countries mountains of landfills are being created from non recyclable waste. Billions of tons of sanitary pads and period products. 

In the underdeveloped countries, there isn't enough affordable access to sanitary pads. So our sisters need guaranteed access to protection.  Women menstruate worldwide, always have.

And there is an answer for everyone with a bit of self love, self care and enginuity. Everything old is new again!!!

I introduce to you THE REUSABLE CLOTH SANITARY PAD!!!  Yay, clap, yippie, bravo!!!  It's not a rag, it's a new wardrobe for your vagina.

Below I created a collection of YouTube videos so you can get acquainted, make a new friend for "your friend", save some money, avoid toxins, avoid waste, and control your menstrual destiny (destination).

This collection of videos has something for everyone. All of us have different taste so pick your vibe, and go with the flow! 

"Warning", the cleaning videos do show soiled pads. But this is a real life issue with demonstrated real solutions. Ladies there's no need for shame. It's education. Literally!

 

First...Introduction to the reusable cloth pads videos. There are different types and reviews of ready made, reusable sanitary pads on the market. Get acquainted with the concept.

CLOTH PADS | review + experience.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTtlwlqXRB8

PRODUCT REVIEW-CLOTH LINERS CHARCOAL BAMBOO I Reusable Pantyliners and Menstrual Pads I Amazon....  https://youtu.be/a3IvqvjxkNY

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads | Eco- Friendly....https://youtu.be/x-RYonSDtqU

Reusable Menstrual Pads are NOT Disgusting ‍♀️....https://youtu.be/09eJKT-FZA4

Reusable Cloth Pads|Teamoy Review & Experience...https://youtu.be/BH85EAtZAyE

MY ZERO WASTE PERIOD KIT | Answering ALL the Questions You Have...https://youtu.be/apzaS0R4vPI

 

Whoisshonda videos... Girlfriend keeps it easy and real! Intro to reusable pads, how to make them by sewing machine, how to clean them by hand.

Reusable pads details...https://youtu.be/5pGiffGCtQM

Homemade pads how to make period pads reusable pads diy period pads cloth pads...https://youtu.be/_FEoa0O8igg

How to wash a reusable menstrual pad...https://youtu.be/Y8cfPKNz0ZY

 

Precious Stars videos...Cutie keeps life easy and moving along!  How to make pads "sewing by HAND", and keep them clean by machine.

How to make a cloth menstrual pad by hand...https://youtu.be/q5__L7makNA

How to keep your pads stain free! (MACHINE WASH)...https://youtu.be/UWV2JgLNVjk

 

The Sophisticated Ladies edition...how to make pads upscaled, (Rolls Royce,Mercedes) by machine, and (BMW) by hand, and clean them gently and well with TLC (tender loving care).

How to sew a cloth pad- with Billette's Baubles...https://youtu.be/yJ1TgOIxOQs

How to Sew a Reusable Cloth Pad - Sewing Tutorial - DIY - Handmade By Hedi...https://youtu.be/LVMQPqy_Ly8

How to make your own reusable sanitary pads | Period Poverty | ActionAid UK...https://youtu.be/by9JsyrcbTw

How To Wash Cloth Pads So That You Never Have Stains(HAND WASH)..https://youtu.be/82FjqcMvox0.

 

Pad Pattern pdf to download...

https://www.lightingthepath.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Girls-for-Gir...

 

Most of you will relate to a combination of the above videos. I hope you found this beneficial. Please share.

Make a lifestyle, create a class and/or a business of reusable sanitary pads!!! There are all types sold on Etsy, Amazon.

Made and sold by Women Entrepreneurs like yourselves.

Improve your life and support women in business for women. Women must support women!

Always keeping it real!

Cheers & Hugs...JoMarie

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Joshua Oyedele
Jan 04
Jan 04

Wow, wow. You have done justice to A-Z of reuseable sanitary pad. I have gotten an idea of how to help women and girls in my community

Thanks JoMarie.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 04
Jan 04

Dear Joshua,
Please light the torch in your community and shed light on the subject. Take the info and run with it. Bravo brother!
Hugs...JoMarie

Joshua Oyedele
Jan 04
Jan 04

I sure will. Thanks again JoMarie

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi JoMarie,

How are you doing? I agree. There are several World Pulse sisters already creating reusable cloth pads, and also Seema in India has done one better, and has created menstrual cups and training which is even better for the environment. Thanks for sharing your post and raising awareness on these environmental, and economical challenges.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Jill,
I'm fine, hope you are as well sister.
I'm familiar with the menstrual cups. Been there, done that. They've been here in the USA for a very long time. Way before Seema. But haven't caught on much. I'm sure there are women that have a great relationship with cups. But massive amounts of sisters cannot use the internal alternatives. There's lots of reasons. And also in the Precious Star video above on cleaning, she expressed that she uses a cup and still needs a pad. So Cups and Pads are partners as well. In the video listed above, last one under Sophisticated ladies, she uses pads for incontinence as well as menstruation. Also women have between cycle discharges during a time she would not be using a cup. I think the cup is an added advantage, but not the eliminator or replacement to pads. Cups are truly better for the environment, but not always better or suitable for all womens needs. Thanks for stopping by Jill! Hugs...JoMarie

Jill Langhus
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hello there, dear:-)

So, you weren't keen on them? I was going to try them but now I haven't had a period for about 6 months... I'm not going to lie... pure bliss:-) Yeah, I hear you. You're welcome.

Have a good one.

ESEZA MUKYALA
Jan 04
Jan 04

Sister Jomarie,
What a creation!! If all ladies are to use these, I really know that even the negative effects that affect them in the usage of those other types of pads will stop.
We all know that those other types of pads contain chemicals and other toxins that I can't even tell.
Therefore, as me, I really welcome that.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Eseza Mukyala....... Lots of love!

jomarieb.earth
Jan 04
Jan 04

Dear Eseza,
There are options on how women can have access to these pads. They can be purchased already made. And made DIY. There can be groups of parties making them. Girls in classes making them. One woman testified that with the right care, her set of 10 pads lasted for 2 years. Thanks for visiting Eseza!
Hugs...JoMarie

Liana C
Jan 04
Jan 04

This is critical information and I appreciate that you have put together these fabulous resources. It's also a good reminder that our solutions need to consider their long-term footprint. Women and girls need personal supplies for menstruation so that they can have the freedom to go to school, work, and participate in activities, however, we want a balance that does not create excess waste. It's not an easy solution for many, but I hope that the choices you provide will become more common. Thanks for the resources!!

jomarieb.earth
Jan 05
Jan 05

Hi Liana,
When I put this together I was pleasantly surprised that this is a movement with current momentum. It is better to have a collection of pads that last at least 1 to 2 years. Instead of a daily supply of the same amount disposed of. I just hope there is not any abuse in the future with industry. More colors, options, to make money, instead of satisfy a real purpose. We are Americans, and capitalism is the American way. I hope the motive doesn't get forgotten in the process of the movement. We shall see sister. Stay tuned.
Hugs...JoMarie

Hello, JoMarie,

Happy New Year! Oh my gooseneck! You had me laughing at the "new wardrobe of your vagina". Haha. I actually imagine it. Thank you for compiling these videos on reusable cloth sanitary pads. It's environmentally friendly and cost-effective. There are a lot of World Pulse changemakers who actively creating and promoting reusable pads as Jill said. One of them got an award. Trine from Denmark shared how Real Relief is creating hygenic reusable pads. She is actually looking for partners in developing countries to start branches there. Here is here profile: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/trine-angeline-sig

Thank you for reminding us about this, dear. I must confess that every time I menstruate, I think about the millions of girls who couldn't afford to buy sanitary pads. Creating their own pads is the best thing to do.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 05
Jan 05

Hi Karen,
Nice to see you! Thanks for the lovely, positive comments as always. Thanks for the link as well. Maybe you can do a Radiant Fields episode on this subject. Food for thought.
My mother, grandmother, great grandmother made their own. And here we are again!
Hugs...JoMarie

Hello, dear JoMarie,

You're welcome. That's an awesome idea. I will reserve that for Menstrual Hygiene Week/Month in May. You have great women before you. They must be very proud of how they raised you! Thank you for caring!

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Hi JoMarie,
This is a beautiful initiative and applaudable.
I will be learning craft making in the 1st half of the year, and will sure add sewing of sanitary pad to the list. Also, will gradually introduce this to my community.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs...Mama Soulace

jomarieb.earth
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Mama Soulace,
Thanks so much! The videos above have step by step instructions. All have their own way. As you will too. But it's a good place to start. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hugs...JoMarie

fidelity
Jan 06
Jan 06

yes dear,
it is time the world embraced reusable pads. we need to protect our environment as we take care of our selves as women. keep going girl
fidelity

jomarieb.earth
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hi Fidelity,
So glad you stopped by. Please support the ladies around you by sharing this post.
Hugs...JoMarie

coolasas
Jan 06
Jan 06

Very nice resources.
I am pro reusable anything but for sanitary pad, I have misgivings because from places I've been hygiene and sanitation is always an issue - water and soap. While in other places on top of H&S, it does not allow girls to have the privacy they need to change and clean themselves. And of course the stigma attached to girls and women bleeding.
I'm sure it has been done in many places with some success, but the challenge never ends.
What do we do with that then?

jomarieb.earth
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hey Coolasas,
Nice to see you! In the countries that you speak of what are the alternatives? The disposable products that they financially have no access to. Or makeshift rags. What you say is very true, but you cannot take away something and replace it with nothing. At least the reusable pad is a chance of a solution to a thousands of years problem that still isn't solved. In the developed countries I fear over production and excessiveness. The possibility of balance and solution is always challenged. But we have to start somewhere. The disposable products were a start. They are the solution that became the problem.
Hugs...JoMarie

coolasas
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hi Jomarie,
Most organization carries its own brand of what is possible. The problem is always coordination with the other sector that compliments each other I.e. secondary education, mental health, water, SGBV talking together and finding the best possible solution.
Smaller organizations are donor driven they only do what is allowed, not considering the best solution because often it is more expensive.

The use of disposable pads for young girls and women is not new, they've been discussed in many focus group and NGO meetings and here in WP since I joined many moons ago. So from my vantage point the challenge is not so much the resources its the sustainability of it and of the knowledge. I know there are benchmarks and lessons learned already l but adapting to context and sustaining the solution to the issues are major road block for the many girls and women.

So the questions we have to ask is how can these resources be available all the time? That it becomes the norm rather than exceptional needs.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hey Coolasas,
We are in agreement. And we speak out differently. Necessity is the mother of invention. Reusables were used centuries before disposables. Dependence on others to catch the flow is a problem. And the mountains of waste are here. We have more questions than answers. The momentum worldwide is already in motion. And the question remains...what to do with the blood?

Nini Mappo
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dear JoMarie,
I'm so glad to read your resourceful, sassy share :)
I have been researching these cloth pads for a few weeks, raising funds through crafts as I brainstorm viable pathways to introduce them in my my village and how to go about it, because of social taboos and the aversion to talk about what happens in women's bodies. But your resources have enthused me a new and I feel all fired up to get something going, and I hope that some girls will receive new wardrobes for their vaginas before the year is out!
I love the clever play on words too :)

jomarieb.earth
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dearest Nini,
I'm so glad you stopped by. And thanks for the cake and coffee, Lol! I'm so glad that this post can add to the benefits of your community and others as well. I believe that there is something for everyone in the collection of information. The key, especially for the developed countries is not to have such an excessive wardrobe that it once again becomes waste. A full cycle of pads for assorted flows, with proper care has been known to last a minimum of 1 year, and has gone past 2 years with one of the ladies above. We have to fill a void, and not become excessive. I am especially aware of this idea because I live in the USA. We are materialistically excessive.
Hugs girl!...JoMarie

Dieudonné kyalondawa

Ces serviettes sont même à la base de beaucoup de maladies et de stérilité pour les femmes.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 07
Jan 07

So is everything with improper care and improper use. All solutions to a problem are accompanied by a problem. Negativity is always the biggest problem.
Thanks for visiting. We look forward to your encouraging stories in the future brother.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jan 07
Jan 07

Your idea is very beautiful and innovative. It is very useful in my work especially in Promoting Menstrual Hygiene among Women in impoverished communities.
Thank you for sharing and please follow back.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dearest Oluwatoyin,
(I love your profile picture) Thank you for your beautiful, positive feedback. I am overjoyed with the responses of women. We must support women in all aspects of life. Please share when you can, as often as you can. I have my eye on you sister because you are major force! Bravo to all that you do.
Hugs...JoMarie

Rojin
Jan 15
Jan 15

Hi Jomarie,

I totally agree on your statements. Reusable cloth sanitary pads are healthier than single-use pads and also they are environment friendly. Thank you for sharing these information.

Cheers.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 15
Jan 15

Hi Rojin,
I hope this works for your and/or anyone you know. Pass it on sister!

Rojin
Jan 17
Jan 17

Yes. I will.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear JoMarie,
I am so glad that you wrote about reusable pads. In the 1980's a number of women here began to make and sell them, and I was so glad to be able to use them while I was still bleeding. It is so encouraging to see them being made/made available to so many of our sisters here, especially those meeting with young girls starting to bleed. Your demystification is so important.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dearest Tam,
I am so glad you stopped by. And I am so glad to see the amount of embracing that is going on regarding the needs of women. It's wonderful to know that women are taking charge of their bodies and not depending on big industry, a special budget, and NGOs to solve the female normal functions as if it's a crisis. We can handle it ourselves. And I'm proud like you are to see it happening.

OGA PRECIOUS
Jan 21
Jan 21

This is fabulous! I really appreciate your effort for this creativity. Girls especially in rural areas have been suffering on how to care for themselves during menstruation.

Dear sisters in as much as we've bought this idea of using this reusable sanitary pads it is also important that we conduct seminars to teach these girls how to use and keep it neat.
Most girls in rural areas don't have access to internet and for that reason may not watch the videos on how to use and wash it.
I think it is important that we reach out to them as we initiate this reusable pads. Health they say is wealth.
Dear Jomarieb am proud of you.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 21
Jan 21

Dear Precious,
You are absolutely correct. The pads are nothing without proper instruction and proper use. They are a way for our sisters to not need to depend on charity and NGOs to catch the flow. It should be within every woman's power to take care of herself. No matter what there are challenges. The disposable era has become mountains of unmanageable waste in the developed countries. And non affordability, and lack of access in the underdeveloped countries. Both hemispheres have embraced reusables, but not without challenges. Education is always key sister. And that is the responsibility of women supporting women. This is a step in an alternative direction. No more secrets.
Hugs sister! JoMarie

Charity Birla
Jan 21
Jan 21

Dear sis Jomarieb
Thanks for this amazing solution...having access to sanitary has always pose a problem in rural areas but with this it will solve the misery of women in rural communities that don't have access to pads.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 21
Jan 21

Hi Charity,
This idea, properly used, and properly handled can service all women. Privileged and less privileged. It is the one way that we are all the same as women. And the disposable option has run its course. While solving a problem, it created problems. Women can solve their own problems. Women must support women in order for this to happen. Thanks Charity!

Morode
Jan 25
Jan 25

Thank you for sharing this information... This really disturbs me that women especially in low income communities or even prisons do not have access to menstrual products!!! This is honestly a crisis in my view. The fact that we are thinking about the environment also is a great plus...

jomarieb.earth
Jan 25
Jan 25

Hello Morode,
Thanks for visiting! You would think in this era, menstruation would be just another occurrence. Not so. It still remains an ordeal of the centuries. Women must support women. It's our issue. We have to solve our problem. It's an age old crisis that we never solved. Except now we have to think about the environment as well.
It's our problem as women. It's our function as women. We have to own it and take responsibility for it. Hugs...JoMarie

Fanka
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hello Marie,
It is so amazing. We are in this together. A lot of women out there especially in rural communities still suffer from access to clean sanitary pad for their menstrual hygiene. It really a call for concern, no shame. I am also working on the program in Bamenda, Cameroon. Thanks for sharing.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hello Fanka,
Thanks for stopping by. It is so important for women to take care of our own challenges. Sanitation in general is a challenge and a concern. The pad will have to be created and cleaned, but at least it will exist when given the proper care. Girls will have to be taught. And they will have the power to be women, responsible for themselves.
Hugs...JoMarie

Sister Zeph
Jan 27
Jan 27

Now this is what a teachers needs to know and I found it. My students need to learn some more skills to make sanitary pads. I can learn through the videos you have shared and can teach them too thanks a lot

jomarieb.earth
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hello Sister Zeph,
I am glad that this post is a service to you and your students. I couldn't be happier! Please refer to the link under to video links. There is a pdf file to download with a pattern and instructions on how to make the pads. I would watch the videos before starting to construct because there are optional ways to make the pads. It is so important for us as women to take charge and own our issues that need to be addressed. It belongs to us. Thanks for visiting.
Hugs...JoMarie

heli
Jan 28
Jan 28

Thank you so much.
What a wonderful and brilliant idea.
I used a cup for a long time, mini sea sponges as tampons but also needed a pad with both
Recently I have been given huge amounts of fabric. I am going to search through it for what is suitable and start making them immediately!
I really liked Shonda's tutorials

jomarieb.earth
Jan 28
Jan 28

Hi Heli!
Thanks for stopping by. I thank you for embracing this post and uniting the concept with the fabric you own. There is a link for patterns, it's the last link listed above. Please enjoy and post what you make if you feel like sharing. I'm excited for you and your new adventure. It's about women taking charge of ourselves. And teaching girls how to do it as well.
Hugs...JoMarie

Vivian Emesowum
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thank you for sharing this, with the current economic situation of the country, reusable pad is what we really need. I started using one I made for myself over 2years now and have peace each month due to cost of getting a pad.

I have been longing for this opportunity to learn how to make a better one for more girls who are not able to afford the pad. Please kindly partner with me to get more information.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hello Vivian,
Thanks for stopping and reading this post. I am happy that it hits home with you. Please make sure to watch all of the video links that I provided above, as they are instructional. The final link listed is a pdf file pattern with sewing instructions. I provided this information so that women who embrace this concept can take it and run with it, share it, create a business, and teach with it. There are so many women making these as a business online now. And women making their own projects. The idea is to share, spread the word, act on it as we feel motivated to do so. Thanks for you positive feedback. Feel free to send a private message on WP.
Hugs...JoMarie

Owenjolana Pascaline

Whaoooo great job.This will help women/girls a lot.May God strengthen you more.

jomarieb.earth
Jan 31
Jan 31

Hi Owenjolana,
Thanks for stopping by! And always appreciate a good blessing. Women must support women.
Hugs...JoMarie

narayani khadka
Feb 01
Feb 01

it's just really expensive to bleed every month....
your choice of topic and words have really amazed me. Thank you very much for talking about the most important yet undiscussed topic in world pulse.
loads of love from Nepal

jomarieb.earth
Feb 01
Feb 01

Hello Narayani,
I hope that the you and the women around you can benefit from the instructional videos and the pdf link with a pattern and sewing instructions. It's so important that we treat ourselves well. This is self care, taking responsibility for ourselves. There are so many problems attached to the disposable world. Not enough access to a supply and too much waste in the end which is never ending in terms of the world. We can do better for ourselves and for the world. Thanks for visiting sister!
Hugs...JoMarie

Meredith Kaknevicius

The first time I heard about reusable pads was 23 years ago when I was 17 and my friend's and I organized a young woman's information night where one member taught how to make reusable pads and distributed patterns. I'm glad to see this is becoming more popular. I just recently learned the extent of people with periods worldwide that do not have access to period products. Thanks for putting all this information together.

jomarieb.earth
Feb 02
Feb 02

Hello Meredith,
I'm so glad that you embraced the concept years ago. You are a prime example of what we need today. Reusable period products aren't new, but they are new to most today. Every woman transitioning will need some kind of support with it. So glad you already embrace it and have a positive energy. You are way ahead. Women have to take responsibility for the flow.
Hugs...JoMarie