Reusable pads seem to be outdated. Why should we go back to using such things again?
Switching to reusable pads is the choice many young and well-informed women are making today. All over the world, women are becoming increasingly aware of the health risks and the environmental problems caused by disposable sanitary pads and are choosing reusable pads over disposable ones.
Why do you say that Saukhyam Reusable Pads help us save money ?
Every year, a woman will typically spend about two thousand rupees for buying disposable pads. Saukhyam Reusable Pad sets that cost this amount or less last for 3-5 years and help one realize considerable cost savings. The cumulative savings, if switching to reusable pads, would be in excess of half a lakh of rupees when calculated over the entire menstruating lifetime.
The Banana Fiber Pad prices are lower than what they were earlier. Why the change ?
As of July 26, GST for sanitary pads changed from 12% to 0%. The Saukhyam pads team is pleased to pass the entire savings to customers. The team is trying hard to make this a mainstream product by making it affordable for all. Although reusable pads represent a clear cost savings when compared to the cumulative amount spent on disposable pads over several months, they do entail a one-time upfront investment. The team wants to make the pads affordable to all sections of society. By taking the help of volunteers to extract banana fiber and also stitch pads, we have been able to bring down the prices. Saukhyam Reusable Pads are perhaps the lowest priced brand of reusable pads available in India today.
Why is banana fiber used for absorption in Saukhyam Reusable Pads ?
Many commercially available disposable pads use SAAP (super absorbent polymers) for increased absorption. These are suspected carcinogens.
Banana fiber is a naturally occurring material that is the absorbent in Saukhyam pads. As a waste material found abundantly in nature, it is helping redefine the experience of menstruation for many.
Today, tons of banana trunks are discarded every year. Amma encouraged us to make use of banana fiber for these pads, after our year-long testing process revealed that not only do these pads offer superior softness and durability, but they are also particularly suitable for the working woman.
There are 3 different types of inserts; which ones should I use ?
The 3-fold insert has been designed especially for working professionals who do not want the hassle of changing often at work. The 2-fold insert can be used for lighter flows. The night pad insert can also be used as a 4-fold insert for the day pad.
Can I use only the insert, without the base ?
That is upto you. The insert is what provides the absorption. The base provides a leak-proof layer and also wings that snap underneath the panty. The insert can be used by itself; its your personal preference. If you are comfortable using the insert without the base, we recommend that you consider using either three-fold or four-fold (night pad) inserts to prevent accidents and leakage. Both of these absorb more and can be used for many hours.
How often should I change the pad?
For the most part, reusable pads can be changed just as often as you would change a disposable pad. That is, every 4-5 hours, depending on how heavy your flow is. The 3-fold and 4-fold inserts are meant to last for more numbers of hours.
When there is a heavy flow, does the pad feel wet?
The liquid gets absorbed into the inner layers of the banana fiber. Some clots might stay on the surface. If the pad starts to feel wet, it just means that it is time to change to a fresh one. Regular users report feeling less wetness and more comfort with cloth against their body as compared to sticky plastic pads.
How does one wear the pad?
Please see the videos demonstrating the use of pads. For the banana fiber pads, the insert is tucked inside the base. For the cloth pad, the extended cloth part is folded and tucked inside. All pads come with a leak proof layer and have wings which fold around your underwear and are secured with a button. Well-fitting underwear offers the best results.
What is the leak-proof layer ?
There is a leak-proof layer in the bases for the banana fiber pads – both for the day and the night pads. The cloth reusable pads (without the banana fiber inserts) also have the leak-proof layer.
How does one wash and reuse the pad?
The pads can be washed either by hand or in the washing machine. First, soak the soiled pads in cold water for 10 minutes. Or rinse under a tap. After this, wash the pads just like you would wash any of your other clothes, either by hand or machine. Make sure you hang up the pads to dry in sunlight or use a dryer. Once washed and dried, the pad is ready for use again.
If I cannot wash my soiled pad immediately after use, what should I do?
You can use a plastic or ziplock bag to store soiled pads until they are ready to be washed. We recommend washing or at least rinsing out the pads at the earliest possible, after use.
Is it hygienic to use reusable cloth pads?
If one takes proper care of the reusable pad, then it is perfectly hygienic to keep reusing the pads. After soaking the soiled pad in cold water for 10 minutes or so, wash it properly. Drying of the washed pad in direct sunlight will further help sanitize the pad and make it ready for reuse again. Alternately drying in a dryer is just fine too.
Do you organize awareness programs?
Yes, we conduct awareness sessions in schools, colleges and corporations. If you would like to schedule a session, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long do these reusable pads last?
A Saukhyam Reusable Pad can last 3-5 years, depending on the care it receives.
How many reusable pads will I need for my monthly cycle?
We suggest buying our ready-made packs to have enough pads to comfortably go through the monthly cycle. The value pack (banana fiber) has three-fold inserts that can be used with the day pad bases. In addition, there is the night pad base and insert; the insert can also be used as a four-fold insert with the day pad base. Alternately, you can assemble your own pack based on your unique requirements.
Can the reusable pad cause a skin rash?
Not at all. The soft cotton material that Saukhyam Reusable Pads are made out of enables free air flow that prevents the growth of anaerobic bacteria that can cause irritation and rashes.
When traveling, how do I manage using reusable pads?
One can manage just fine. The soiled pads can be kept in a pouch to be washed and dried when you reach your destination.
Who makes Saukhyam Reusable Pads ?
As part of Embracing the World’s Amrita SeRVe (Self Reliant Village) project to help 101 villages throughout India achieve empowerment and sustainability, rural women across India are trained in the production of the eco-friendly Saukhyam Reusable Pads for distribution and sales throughout the world.
Where is Amrita SeRVe working ?
Since its inception in 2013, Amrita SeRVe has supported its target communities in 20 states of India in successfully addressing a wide range of issues, ranging from literacy and food security to sustainable farming and empowering women. It is working in village clusters in the states of Andhra, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odhisa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
Proceeds from the sales of Saukhyam Reusable Pads support various village developmental activities, including health and education programs for young girls in the villages.