I’m Done With My Cloth Pads…Now What?

Most of the questions we get about cloth pads and pantyliners are from people either looking to use them, or currently using them. Makes sense, right? But every so often, we run into the opposite situation: “What do I do with my GladRags when I don’t need them anymore?” The last thing anyone wants is to just throw them away, since one of the reasons they switched to reusables in the first place was to do way less of that. Well, luckily, they’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a few ideas in mind that don’t involve unceremoniously tossing one’s pads into a trashcan and calling it a day.

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Keep ‘em in that drawer!
For one reason or another, you may no longer need your cloth pads and pantyliners for menstruation. However, our customers aren’t all menstruators! Some use them regularly for vaginal discharge. Others use them for light incontinence, which can be due to age, but also physical changes that weaken the pelvic floor muscles, such as childbirth. A little leakage can happen to anyone, so it’s nice to have some backup waiting just in case!

Use ‘em around the house!
Being made of absorbent cotton, it’s an easy transition from GladRags to just…rags! Many people opt to turn their retired pads into cleaning rags, the way you might with an old t-shirt. The fact that they snap is an added bonus, since you can slip them over your hand; Day Pad holders are especially convenient because you can wear them like a mitt!

Compost ‘em!
If it is truly your GladRags’ final hour, never fear – they can be returned to Mother Nature, the best reuser! 100% cotton is actually one of the most biodegradable fabrics. Just remove the non-biodegradable materials, which are the snaps and thread (it’s a poly-cotton blend), and your pads will be ready for the compost bin.

So there you have it! Some handy ways to ensure the environmental friendliness of your GladRags long after you’re done using them for their initial purpose. Compare that to the life of a disposable pad: a heavy environmental impact from the manufacturing process, and then when it finally gets used, there is no option other than sending it straight to the landfill. Disposable menstrual products that are plastic-free and biodegradable can be composted, but that’s still after just one use, rather than years of diligent absorption!

Have you repurposed any cloth pads, or made plans for your current stash’s future retirement? Let us know, we’d love to hear your ideas!