Trade To Aid’s reusable period pads are made from high-quality super-soft bamboo charcoal and recycled plastic.
Save money. Reduce waste. Help others.
For every pack of reusable pads you buy from Trade To Aid, we donate a pack to a refugee in need of period products.
What’s included in each pack of our reusable sanitary pads?
Our packs of reusable sanitary pads include:
- Two light flow pads
- Two medium flow pads
- Two heavy flow pads
- One waterproof wet bag
Plus, for every pack of reusable pads you buy from Trade To Aid, we donate a pack to a refugee in need of period products.
Any other profits are dedicated to menstrual education programs in West Africa. We’re improving awareness of what periods are, and eliminating taboo and stigma.
Why Use Reusable Pads?
Thinking of switching to reusable sanitary pads for your period? Awesome! Reusable sanitary pads are kind to your body. They’re also kind to the environment and vastly reduce the numbers of disposable period products that end up in landfill or the oceans.
Switching to reusable sanitary pads will also help us end period poverty together.
Here are a few reasons to make the switch to reusable pads:
Reduce Plastic Waste
Reusable pads vastly decrease plastic waste. A woman may go through some 10,000 to 15,000 pads in her lifetime. Most of these pads end up in landfill or the oceans, and then there is the plastic packaging to take into account too. Disposable pads are the 5th most common item washed up on UK beaches and worldwide, they contribute millions of tons of waste to landfill.
Since they’re often made from plastic fibers, disposable pads have very poor biodegradability and contain harmful chemicals which seep out when they’re wet.
- Reusable pads will last 5 years or more and vastly lower your carbon footprint and contribution to landfill. Trade to Aid’s reusable pads are made from recycled plastic and we pay rigorous attention to the sustainability of ourselves and our suppliers.
The average woman in the UK spends some £13 a month minimum on sanitary products. That works out to over £1,500 over a 10-year period. For some living in period poverty, the ongoing monthly costs of disposable products simply prove too much. Many women and girls resort to improvising using toilet roll, rags or worse.
The disposable nature of standard commercial sanitary products keeps you in the pocket of main brands and their huge multi-billion dollar industries.
Reusable pads are much, much cheaper than disposable products. They mean that you are in greater control of the costs of your period. Instead of repeatedly buying packs of disposable pads throughout life, you’ll have one or two sets of high-quality reusable pads.
- Our reusable pads will save you a lot of money even in just a year. For many living in period poverty, this is a real lifeline.
Safe, Effective, and Comfortable
Made of soft bamboo charcoal, our reusable pads are more absorbent than typical disposable pads. We provide 3 versions for different flows; light, medium and heavy. The wicking technology rapidly wicks blood away from your body leaving you feeling dry – they’ll protect you through thick and thin. They also do not contain potentially harmful synthetic chemicals found in disposable products.
Disposable sanitary products have been found to contain numerous known carcinogens and other chemicals known to cause skin irritation. Many of these seep out when they get wet.
Trade to Aid’s reusable pads are comfortable and free-from harmful synthetic chemicals. They perform better than the average disposable pad too. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel – our reusable pads work in broadly the same way as disposable pads, but they are safer and more comfortable for you and your body.
- Safe, effective and comfortable to wear, reusable pads beat disposable pads hands-down when it comes to wearing them.
Help Others Have A Better Period
High cost and low access to proper sanitary products can cause period poverty. Period poverty is where women and girls cannot afford the sanitary products that most of us take for granted. This is a public health crisis that affects millions of girls and women across the world, not just in developing countries, but across the UK, Europe and the US too.
It’s time to tackle period poverty. By switching to reusable pads, you will help us tackle period poverty together.
- Trade to Aid is a non-profit organization. For every pack of pads you buy from us, we donate one set to a refugee in need. Plus, all of our profits will be used to fund menstrual education for children in West Africa.
Sustainable and Ethical
Our aim is to provide a sustainable solution to the issue of period poverty. We use all our profits to donate pads to women and girls in desperate need of sanitary products, and we also provide menstrual education for school children to ensure a better understanding of periods and to eliminate the taboos surrounding them.
Access to sanitary products and menstrual education are the two main routes to ending period poverty – Trade to Aid is committed to both.
- We care about the people making our pads and we make sure all our suppliers follow the Fair Labor Association’s Code Of Conduct. We perform annual inspections of their factories and offset the carbon footprint of transportation.