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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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