Everything You Need To Know About Reusable Pads

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In this interview we are talking about all things hannahPAD with The Brand hannah. If you are someone who has been considering reusable cloth pads, get ready to have all of your questions answered!

What inspired the creation of the business The Brand hannah (hannahPAD & hannahCUP)?

Jenny, co-director of The Brand hannah ANZ introduced hannahPAD’s organic cloth pads to Australia back in 2015. She struggled with endometriosis and strived to eliminate toxins in the products that touch her skin. Since the beginning, our mission is to provide a top quality reusable solution that is healthier for people and our planet. We believe cloth pads should just be another option next to disposables and not an alternative.

Jenny came across hannahPAD and made her switch 7 years ago. She has continued to reuse the same set of cloth pads till this day. For hannahPADs that are due for retirement we have that covered too! Our Pad Cycle Program is a circular solution to divert the materials from waste as much as possible.

What’s the difference between disposable and reusable pads?

The most noticeable difference is that reusable pads are washable and reusable, thus more sustainable. Traditional disposable pads can contain up to 70% plastic, while hannahPADs are made with certified organic cotton. [1] They’re gentler on the skin and more breathable than disposables. hannahPAD also has a wider range of lengths and absorbency (11mL up to 70mL). What’s more? They’re leakproof! hannahPAD is simply a better and more functional product made to last.

A simple swap to reusable hannahPADs also:

  • Helps save you money
  • Reduces waste into landfills and oceans
  • Means no more pad runs to the shops

Do reusable pads actually make an environmental difference?

It sure does! Here are the facts:

  • A person will have up to 456 periods over 38 years of menstruating– roughly 2280 days.
  • A person can use between 10,000-12,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime.
  • Around 300 million tampons and 500 million pads are sold each year in Australia.
  • Conventional disposables contain 70% of plastic. [1]

We can improve these stats with an easy switch away from disposables by almost half the population who menstruate on the planet. This will be the catalyst for a cleaner and greener place on Earth for generations to come.

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How long do reusable pads last?

hannahPADs can last 2 years or longer depending on personal care and use. For people who wear daily liners and pads, the frequent washing can cause more wear and tear over time. However, there are hannahPAD users who have had their pads for over 5 years. Co-director Jenny has had the same hannahPADs for 7 years and they’re still going strong. That’s a lot of waste and money saved.

Can you use reusable pads with a heavy flow?

Absolutely! There are 8 sizes and absorbency levels– from liners to overnight pads in the hannahPAD range. The larger sizes Large, Ultra and Super Ultra are perfect for a heavier flow day and night. The longer length and wider coverage (in the back) offers better protection while the absorbent cotton layers provide superb absorbency. This means no leaks and no worries.
The largest in our range– Super Ultra can absorb up to 70mL of fluid (that is about 14 regular tampons worth).

Do the pads smell when you use them?

Let’s be real– just as a vagina smells like it should, period blood also has its own smell but neither of which should smell foul. Some hannahPAD users have noticed reduced odour wearing a hannahPAD in comparison to the unpleasant odours experienced with conventional disposable pads. Lack of breathability of the product can also contribute to bad odour. Most disposable pads made with plastic create a sweaty environment in your pants that can start to smell after a while.

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How do you change & store the cloth pads on-the-go, at work or in a public toilet?

It’s actually really simple once you get the hang of it. Here’s our suggestion:

  • In the morning, put on a clean hannah liner/ pad
  • Pack a wet bag of clean pads that will get you through a full day of changes at school/ work (4-6 pads- depending on how often you need to change). Keep this wet bag in your bag or backpack.
  • When it’s time for a pad change, take out and carry the wet bag to the toilet.
  • Take off the used pad and fold into a small square parcel (everything is contained on the inside of the pad once folded and clipped). Put the used pad inside the separate compartment of the wet bag.
  • Take out a clean pad and clip onto the underwear.
  • Repeat with each pad change.

By the end of the day, you’ll have a wet bag filled with used pads that you take home to rinse, wash, soak, and dry.

Are they easy to wash and do they stain?

Reusable pads can take a few extra minutes in your washing routine and is easy and doable. The key steps are simple to follow:

  1. Rinse under cold water and squeeze to remove any discharge.
  2. Lather the pad using natural soap.
  3. Soak in cold water with stain remover for a minimum of 6 hours to overnight to lift tough stains (optional– if there are any stains).
  4. Hand wash or machine wash.
  5. Dry inside or outside, under the sun where possible.

As hannahPADs are made with organic undyed cotton, staining can occur and is very normal. Often depending on the discharge colour (darker/brighter) and consistency (thicker/watery) of your period, you may notice less or more staining. This is especially likely during lighter flow and spotting days (beginning/end of period).

If there are any stains, just know it is treatable with our tried and true cleaning products HERE.

How does a reusable pad stay in place on your underwear?

If you find sticky adhesives on pads problematic, you won’t experience this with hannahPAD. The wings wrap and fold over the gusset of the underwear and are kept together with buttons. Furthermore, the slimmer and smaller liners and pads (Thong Liner, Pantyliner, Long Liner, Small & Medium- 5 sizes) have an extra grip feature on the outer patterned layer to prevent any slippage or movement issues. A genius feature inspired by Jenny’s nephew running around in his grippy baby socks as he learned to walk.

Also important, hannahPADs work best worn on thicker cotton underwear in styles of full brief, hipster, and sports with a tighter waist band. Avoid thin, sleek material as these will not keep the pad close to the body when worn.

NOTE: The large pad sizes (Large, Ultra, & Super Ultra) do not come with the extra grip feature as they move much less because of the larger friction surface when worn on underwear.

How do I choose the right reusable pad for me?

It is important to know the materials that make up your cloth pads if you’re choosing between brands. Organic and natural materials are best for all skin types especially sensitive skin. Always begin from personal experience with disposables in sizes and absorbency you’re familiar with. For reference, hannahPAD Medium is similar to size Regular in most disposable pad brands. You can find our sizing chart HERE.

How many pads do I need to start?

Different flows have different needs. Therefore the exact number of pads a person will need differs widely. Be aware of how many days you bleed and how often you change your pad. It could differ from 12 pads (3 day period, light flow, 4 pads per day) to 30 pads (5 day period, moderate to heavy flow, 5 pads per day). We strongly suggest starting small and gradually transition into full time cloth pad use. The very first step for people new to reusable pads is with a tester pad available HERE (use code MOONBOX at checkout for discount). Select one pad that’s closest to the disposable version you’re using and try the wear and wash on it several times. That’s all it takes to get started!

What are reusable hannahPADs made from?

Each component of hannahPAD is carefully and thoughtfully designed.

  • Top sheet and internal layers are made from certified organic cotton– unbleached and undyed
  • Outer patterned layer:
    • Outside: Silicone grips
    • Inside: Leakproof coating
  • Plastic buttons on the wings

How many pads does the average person use in a day?

There isn’t an exact answer for this because there are multiple factors that contribute to how many pads a person may need in a day. A very rough estimate would be 4 to 6 pads and that’s with regular pad changes. It is recommended to do a pad change every 4-8 hours and more frequently if you have a heavier flow. The amount of changes throughout the day and night depends on your flow amount, the type of pad you’re using (absorbency level), and what feels most comfortable for you. [2] Especially when you’re on your period, it is important to stay fresh and dry down there so it’s important to change your pad regularly. It’s a lot faster with reusable pads– unclip the used pad, fold, and snap on a clean pad! You are then covered for another couple of hours.

What vision do you have for the business or brand in the future?

The Brand hannah ANZ has always focused on the health of human beings and a happy planet. We aim for more awareness around better reusable options and to break the stigma surrounding menstruation, postpartum, and light incontinence. We hope to expand on our current range of reusable liners, pads, and menstrual cups in future offering healthier and more natural options for people. Whether your goal is to save money, eliminate toxins in your everyday life, or help the planet, this one switch is a great start.

[1] https://www.cleanup.org.au/period-waste
[2] https://www.healthline.com/health/menstruation/how-often-should-you-change-your-pad

HannahPAD discount code

Nikki, Founder of My Moonbox is a proud Ambassador for HannahPAD and they have generously given the Moonbox community 15% off when you use the code MOONBOX at checkout!