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« Reply #650 on: July 03, 2007 07:32:57 AM »

They're not all biodegradable, they're often chemical-laden and made of plastic.  And, yes, for some of us, it's not even just an environmentally-sound idea to switch to reusable pads...our bodies react badly to commercial products.  The last thing I want to deal with during my period is an allergic reaction to an adhesive on the back of a pad or the chlorine bleach in a tampon.  You couldn't pay me to switch back to that stuff, I love my cloth pads.
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« Reply #651 on: July 03, 2007 08:06:32 AM »

Ask anyone in the sewage removal business and they will say feminine products or "rag" as they call it does not break down and is anything but "biodegradable" same goes for disposable diapers which by the way are made of exactly the same materials.
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« Reply #652 on: July 03, 2007 08:10:07 AM »

Ask anyone in the sewage removal business and they will say feminine products or "rag" as they call it does not break down and is anything but "biodegradable" same goes for disposable diapers which by the way are made of exactly the same materials.

Gak! I had never really thought about it in this light, but man that's nasty. I'm usually not grossed out easily, but you got me. :p
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« Reply #653 on: July 03, 2007 08:59:06 AM »

I am new here but I just had to comment.  My mother had to use reusable rags and I remember (was just a little girl) that she was so excited not to have to do that anymore when disposables came out.  The materials they use in tampons/pads are totally biodegradable and I just do not know why anyone would want to go back to doing things the "old-fashioned" way that our parents/grandparents had to do.  Just my opinion.

i felt so excited when i found out i could use re-usable rags instead of disposables. maybe when disposables first came out it was a great thing for women but the times have changed. the planet won't continue to support our "disposable" lifestyle forever.  Cry
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« Reply #654 on: July 03, 2007 09:57:21 AM »

That is what is so great about craftster, we can help properly inform people about misconseptions on EVERYTHING!!! I am sure s_van is just confused, I can't imagine that anyone would really think that those things are biodegradeable...

With that said, I have seen some more earth friendly diapers and pads, that are made out of biodegradeable materials, BUT we can take the whole thing to the next level and say that when you make your own pads, you are avoiding the waste from production, shipping, packaging for distribution, then packaging for individual retail sale, and lastly waste associated with consumer use. Often the process of producing a biodegradable product is environmentally taxing pre-product!

Oh, and noodle pricess makes the best pads (but check out the one I crocheted for the crochet challenge!!! Smiley  )

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« Reply #655 on: July 25, 2007 07:13:12 PM »

Ok, I only have a few periods a year because of my PCOS but when I have one it usually sneaks up on me!  I've been considering making some of these for some time for that reason and I think they'd be PERFECT for our "shit hits the fan" bug out kit! 
Think about it, if you can't get to the drug store and everything is going to hell in a handbasket and you're female,,, whaddaya gonna do?  I made one this evening and I'm hooked!  I tried it on and it feels much more comfy than I expected!  It was also a fun project to make.  I'll be making SOOOOO many more of these!  Guess what my girlfriends are getting for Christmas this year?  Grin 
I bought half a yard of vinyl lining and half a yard of flannelette at Wal-mart for $1 a yard.  I have plenty left to make more so it didn't even cost 50 cents to make!
The back

The front

The back open

with liner!

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« Reply #656 on: July 25, 2007 07:26:54 PM »

Very pretty material! I like it a lot Smiley
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« Reply #657 on: July 25, 2007 07:34:03 PM »

sweet! one of my favourite things about cloth pads is that they are always there waiting in my cupboard. i don't have those "oh crap i have to go out and buy tampons" moments.
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« Reply #658 on: July 25, 2007 09:35:21 PM »

you know I went looking on the net for patterns and infor about these and I found a site that sells .. 6 pads  any size from mini to overnight  with 12 liners .. for get this ... 40 dollars. 

I couldn't believe the price .. but whoaa  you can bet 'm  going to be sewing some of these up .. Thanks for the tut and  all of the  other ladies that made some to show off their skillz.  I was really amazed to read  the info  I found about pads and how women were offered  the  toss aways  we use now a days .. its  been a short period of time they have been used really .. just think how much  space we can save in the land fields by  using  something this easy  and the money we can save?

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« Reply #659 on: September 01, 2007 08:58:43 PM »

[I used the Search feature, but I didn't manually go through all 67 pages of this topic to be completely sure...So if someone's already posted this idea, please forgive me for stealing your thunder...]

My reallyreally quick, emergency, no-sew cloth pad:
1. Cut the sleeve off of a shirt with long, fitted sleeves. Make it the length you need for a good pad.
2. Take a long strip of fleece, towel, or flannel and fold it until it's the length of the sleeve you've cut. This is the filler.
3. Insert the filler fabric into the sleeve/shell fabric.
4. Put this creation between your skin and the crotch of some snug  undies that don't allow for too much pad-movement.

Necessity does indeed breed invention!
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