In honor of GladRags’ 21st birthday this weekend, here are 21 reasons to make the switch to reusable menstrual products. Thanks to everyone on Facebook who shared their reason–we had way more than 21 to choose from!
And, because we freaking love birthdays, we’re celebrating by giving away TWENTY-ONE Color Pantyliners Plus. Yep, it’s our birthday but we’re giving the presents this year. To enter, scroll down to the bottom of this post and follow the instructions in the widget. We’ll be picking three random winners per day for seven days!
Without further ado, here are (your) 21 reasons to make the switch:
1. Because they’re easy-breezy-beautiful.
When I open them in a public bathroom, the whole building doesn’t hear. They’re cute, too, and breathable (which helps cut down on feminine odors). I love my GladRags! – Amanda
2. Because a period is not something to be ashamed of.
Not being ashamed to deal with your menstrual cycle by washing your pads. – Santoki
3. Because comfort.
Comfort – tampons and disposable pads feel so gross. – Kelsy
4. Because MAGIC.
DivaCup use drastically shortens the length of my cycle (I don’t know why but it does) and helps minimize cramps and leakage. – Lacey
5. Because diaper rash is for babies (sorry, babies)
Helps decrease incidences of BV, yeast infections, and diaper rashes! – Kandace
6. Because disposables are gross.
I wanted to stop buying those stinky pads! Now I actually look forward to my period so I can use my cute pads! – Krystal
7. …REAL gross.
…the desire to stop sticking tendrils of chemically treated cotton up my vagina… – D’Ann
8. …So is taking out the garbage.
I hate taking the trash out, and now I have to do it less often! – Amanda
9. Because ow.
No chafing. – Ginger
10. Because $$.
I have also saved a lot of money washing pads every month, instead of buying them at the store (especially since most pads nowadays are expensive). – Jessie
11. Because… did we mention they’re more comfortable?
They are SO SO SO much more comfortable. – Heather
12. Because the average woman uses 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, tampons, and pantyliners in her lifetime.
The environmental impact of disposables… 12 years now and no regrets! – Viki
13. Because (no) leaks.
My cup is so much more comfortable and reliable than tampons. I only need a back-up cloth pad on my heaviest day. - Wendi
14. Because your body doesn’t smell bad, but disposable pads do.
The SMELL of disposables! YUK – Kris
15. Because what you put all up in your business matters.
Reducing chemicals and toxins exposure – Ang
16. Because we don’t want future generations to barf.
Picturing millions of disposable pads and tampons being preserved in landfills makes me nauseated. – Erin
17. Because companies like GladRags are owned and operated by women.
Not being afraid of my own body and stopping the use of harmful products portrayed as my only options, all of which are made by male owned/run companies. – Eliza
18. Because #KeepVulvasSafe needs to be a thing.
Keep Vulvas Safe from toxic chemicals that most commercial products use to make disposables. – Samantha
19. Because itching isn’t a normal side effect of your menstrual cycle.
I finally realized I was allergic to disposables, as I used to suffer from terrible vaginal itching. It’s gone since I made the switch. – Yvette
20. Because it’s a bummer to throw away a pad that hasn’t even been used.
I want to switch to reusable because my period is so light when I have it that it’s a waste of even pantyliners – Judith
21. Because win-win-win.
It’s the most economical, environmentally-friendly, and best for you when it comes to your period. It’s a triple win in my book! – Christiana
Remember playing “he loves me, he loves me not” on the playground with daisies? Well, we made a daisy that’s 100% lovely! Starting on July 27th, we’ll be plucking three Pantyliner Plus “petals” each day to send to three lucky winners.
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About the author of this post:
Tracy Puhl is the owner of GladRags and is passionate about period positivity and empowering women everywhere. When she’s not in the office, you might find her attempting to run a faster 10k, traveling, practicing yoga, or pointing out how cute her cats are being right now.