Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads Review

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Over the last few years I have made the switch to reusable sanitary products from plastic filled disposables. And as well as hopefully helping to save the planet, I certainly have saved money doing so. But period poverty is still very much in evidence around the world. Today I am going to introduce you to a business that have made it their mission statement to end such period poverty. In my Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads review, I’ll show you how they do this, and give my opinion on their products. 

Would I recommend this set as a good investment? Read on to find out! Plus, at the end of this review you get the chance to win a set for yourself!

#AD – I was gifted a set of Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads for this review. All opinions are my own though.*This is a collaborative post – for more details, see my Disclosure Page  

Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads Review And Giveaway


I actually do think that reusable cloth pads are the future of sustainable sanitary wear for the planet. They will save you money. They are kinder to your body, with no perfume or chemicals leaching from the pad. And they are so much more sustainable. Plus when you think of all the plastic waste that is prevented by using them, it really is a no brainer.

But to buy sustainable, reusable pads can be quite costly. So who are Trade To Aid and how will they help?


Who Are Trade To Aid?


Trade to Aid are a non-profit social business. They recognise that period poverty is a very real global issue and that financial constraints often prevent girls and women from accessing sanitary products for their periods. They also realise that without access to sanitary products, girls and women are forced to improvise or not use any sanitary products at all. See their mission here.

In response to this, they make their own sets of reusable sanitary pads. For every set that they sell, they donate a pack to refugee camps. Plus, 100% of the profits from the sale of the pads goes to reducing period poverty, by supporting and funding menstrual education in places such as Africa.

Trade To Aid Pads

Trade To Aid Pads

Their pads are bright and colourful, coming as a set costing £29.95. The set consists of

  • Heavy flow pad x2
  • Medium flow pad x 2
  • Light flow panty liner pads x 2 and
  • a zipped waterproof bag for storage and transport.

The pads fasten around your pantie gusset using a snap fastener. And they are made with a highly absorbent microfibre core, a soft bamboo charcoal layer and a brightly coloured recycled waterproof membrane layer.

Furthermore, the pack comes with a very useful guide to using and looking after your reusable pads, including tips of hanging them in sunlight to dry (which helps to reduce stains) and remembering not to tumble dry your pads. 


What Did I think Of The Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads?


I was incredibly impressed with the set. In my opinion it provides everything you may need to get started with reusable cloth menstrual pads. 

Contents of a Trade To Aid Sanitary Pad Pack

I particularly love the range of types within the pack, as younger girls starting out using reusables may not need the larger bulkier pads until a couple of years after they have started their periods.

I also loved the bright colours, and think that the inclusion of a matching waterproof storage bag is a brilliant idea! You really do need a bag like this when you start to use reusable cloth pads.

I will admit, I wasn’t totally convinced at first about the material used to make the cover. The fleece covering the core is very fluffy, soft and comfortable. But I wasn’t totally sure how comfortable the brightly coloured waterproof layer would be. For all that it is recycled it did seem a little ‘plastic’ and crinkly compared to the cotton that I use when making my own.

But actually, it did not concern me once I was wearing the pads. And the absorbency was perfect for my needs too.

Would I Recommend Them To Others?


Reusable sanitary pads normally can be very expensive to buy when you first start using them. Some pads on the market can cost £8-9 each, making it a really costly investment when you consider that you may use quite a few over those few days in a month. I make my own ( find my pattern and tutorial here) for this very reason. But I do realise that not everyone has the resources or ability to do this. 

Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary pads cost £29.95 for a set. Which when you think that works out at about £4.50 a pad (and £3 for the storage bag) is a great price for a really useful set of varying absorbencies.

It has been a little late for me to save a lot of money by using reusables. I am nearly at the end of my mensturating days, being well into perimenopause now that I am on HRT.  

But certainly I would have no hesitation of advising my daughter to use these. Or to buying a set for her and showing her how to use one properly.

After all if it

  • saves her money,
  • is safer for her
  • and more sustainable for the planet,

then products like the Trade To Aid reusable sanitary pads are definitely the direction to be heading. And furthermore, they are helping to make period poverty a thing of the past – in all the world.

And Now It’s Time For A Giveaway!

I am delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for you to win your own set. As Trade To Aid have sent me an extra set like the ones reviewed above to give away to my readers. For a chance to win, enter using the form below. And good luck!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The competition is open to entrants over 18 yrs from the UK only. The winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes – but see the full t&cs below.

* The Winner was Katie B !

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway

  • Giveaway ends at midnight on 7th November 2021 (00:00 on 08/11/21)
  • There is one prize only – which consists of one set of Trade To Aid sanitary pads worth £29.97 like the ones reviewed above.
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.  
  • This giveaway is limited to UK entrants aged 18 or over. If you enter from out of the UK, your entry will be deleted.
  • By providing your information, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • The Winner will be contacted within 72 hours of the giveaway ending. I will contact the winner by email, but may also use direct messaging on Twitter or Instagram. Please note – this messaging will only be from my official account. Indeed, if any other account tries to contact you, do not respond or give any personal details.
  • If no response is received from the Winner within 30 days of being contacted, a subsequent Winner may be selected. 
  • Finally, entry to this prize draw confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.
Good Luck!

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Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads Review. We were gifted some these cloth menstrual pads that reduce period poverty. See what we thought.

51 Replies to “Trade To Aid Reusable Sanitary Pads Review”

  1. laura jones says:

    i think the one thing you need is confidence; you need to know you have the absorbency you need but for it also to be comfortable for you to use with no leaks or showing you have one.

  2. lucy higgins says:

    definitely absorbency is the thing that i look for when I buy sanitary towels

  3. Sue McCarthy says:

    Absorbency & comfort. Would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Africa

    1. Laura Norcop says:

      Sustainability and absorbency are my two top ones. If they aren’t sustainably made then it kind of defeats the purpose somewhat and the same for absorbency.

  4. annieg says:

    It has to be absorbency or else the pads are any good or use.

    1. Katie Skeoch says:

      Absorbency is the top but I do worry about plastics when using disposable pads

  5. Fiona K says:

    Absorbency is the most important thing, it has to be reliable

    1. Rebecca Sutton says:

      I think there needs to be a more environmental responsibility towards these products, such as reusable, but to also make it less of an embarrassing thing for young girls, so something they feel comfortable talking about.

  6. Krys F says:

    Absorbency, comfort and ease of use are my most important things in a sanitary pad.

  7. Nina McFadden says:

    The absorbency of the pad and that it’s comfortable to wear.

  8. Laura says:

    To me the most important thing in a sanitary pad is for it to be non irritating. Some brands I find irritate my skin and it can be very uncomfortable

  9. Helen Tovell says:

    Both absorbency and comfort one without the other is a nightmare

  10. Susan B says:

    Definitely absorbency. That is critical when I am not at home.

  11. Ruth Harwood says:

    For me comfort is the most important thing, as uncomfortable feels as if people know!! I do like to feel comfy and secure! xx

  12. Jo m welsh says:

    I think comfort is the most important closely followed by absorbency .

  13. Emma England says:

    For me it’s all about comfort, not that I find disposable pads particularly comfortable. I think I’m just doing what I’m used to but I’d love to make the change and try something more eco friendly.

  14. Jayne Townson says:

    Absorbency and comfort are the most important to me when I choose my products. However I’m always looking for ways to cut down my single plastic use, so I would love to try these.

  15. Sarah Lambert says:

    For me it has to be super absorbent but I also have to have comfort as well

  16. Ellie Spider says:

    absorbency and comfort for me for sure – I have tried mooncups but not found them practical when at work (we have those toilets were altho cubicles are separate the hand washing facilities are shared)

  17. Rebecca Townsend says:

    A mixture of a lot of things, mostly comfort and absorbency. Leaking either through lack of absorbency or the towel moving is awful and embarrassing.

  18. Elaine S says:

    Absorbancy and comfort is a must, as it gives confidence to relax and go about your day. Nothing worse than spending your time unfocused and thinking about embarrassing leakage and discomfort.

  19. Emma Davison says:

    It’s either absorbency or comfort. They are both v important.

  20. Charlotte Wilde says:

    how much they absorb and if they leak – very important

  21. Clare B says:

    The most important things in a sanitary pad for me are absorbency, environmental impact and sustainability

  22. claire davey says:

    like many it has to be absorbancy then sustainability

  23. Selena Longworth says:

    For me it’s not having the chemicals in. I’ve got extremely sensitive skin and had Various problems with big brand pads. Now I use natural pads and cloth at night. These would be amazing as I would switch to cloth completely.

  24. Janine Houghton says:

    A trust in the product to work so I have no embarrassing worries

  25. Adrian Bold says:

    My partner says the most important thing for her is absorbancy.

  26. Claire Hamilton says:

    Absorbency is by far the most important thing I consider, followed by price.


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