Savings & Health
New Moon Pads unique design, workmanship, and high quality fabrics give them over twice the life expectancy (10 years) than that of other pads (3 to 5 years), which means they cost less than half as much in the long run.
ENVIRONMENTAL & FINANCIAL SAVINGS
1 New Moon Pad = 150 to 200 Disposable Pads
Recommended: 25 New Moon Pads every 10 years in assorted sizes (see for suggested quantities and sizes).
New Moon Pads pay for themselves in just 1 to 2 years from the cost of disposables and can last up to 10 years, which means 8 to 9 years of cost-free menstrual protection every 10 years. On average, 10,000 to 15,000 disposable menstrual products would be thrown away over the estimated 40 years from puberty to menopause. Compare that to cloth. If purchasing 20 to 25 cloth pads every 10 years, only 80 to 100 cloth pads total would be needed. Switching to cloth can save thousands of dollars AND disposables from the landfill. Plus, save gas and time when you shop online from the comfort of your home.
LIFETIME SAVINGS CALCULATION
Menstrual lifetime, from puberty to menopause, is approximately 40 years (average age 12 to 52). Disposable Menstrual Products = $4800 in disposable menstrual products (including panty liners) @ $10 per month x 480 months (40 years). New Moon Pads = $300 per 10 years (or longer with proper care) x 4 (40 years) = $1200.
$4800 - $1200 = $3600 Total Savings!
With cloth pads you don’t even calculate in laundry costs because the pads just go in with whatever laundry you are currently doing so, they piggy back on the cost you would already be putting out for laundry. The sooner you switch the more you’ll save!
Using cloth menstrual pads can potentially decrease period discomfort, skin irritation, yeast infections, and menstrual flow (for shorter periods). Most who have made the switch report many or all of these changes in their monthly cycle.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Today’s cloth pads are nowhere near what their basic cloth cousins were way back when. With high quality, high absorbency, breathable, leak resistant fabrics they’re far more comfortable, functional and appealing. New Moon Pads all-in-one pads quickly and easily snap into place (or just lay in and go if using wingless). Using cloth means you always have protection on hand, no more running to the store at the last minute because you’ve run out of disposables.
PEACE OF MIND
No more worrying if you don’t have access to, run out of, or can’t afford the high overall cost of disposables month after month. Being prepared means peace of mind each and every month. New Moon Pads are designed to last up to ten years in a regular rotation so once you’ve put your stash together, that’s it! A decade of worry free periods. Let’s face it, we’re living in uncertain times whether it’s environmental concerns, extreme weather, or the political landscape, and the last thing you need to worry about is access to menstrual protection.
WITH DISPOSABLES YOU'RE LITERALLY THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY
Thanks to New Moon Pads’ customers making the switch to reusable cloth pads, over half a million less disposable pads and tampons end up in landfills every month! Yes, you read that right ...that’s EVERY MONTH!
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FEMININE EXPERIENCE
Corporations who sell chemical laden disposable feminine hygiene products spend huge advertising dollars to continually bombard women with the message that menstruation is something to be hidden and ashamed of and that somehow their products are the magic bullets that will take it all away. Seriously? How many of us really dance around on a beach, leaping and laughing, wearing skin tight white pants right in the middle of our moon time? That should be the first indication that these corporations are really out of touch with women and their needs, emotions, or feelings in general. Not surprising considering that women are mostly absent in upper management of Fortune 500 companies that manufacture disposable menstrual products.
Cloth pads have taken a big surge in popularity and are becoming more mainstream, but you don’t see these corporations making the change from disposable menstrual products (which can have devastating health consequences) and there’s a reason for that. With cloth they can’t sell you new product month after month, year after year, which means there’s no huge profit in it for them. Every New Moon Pads cloth pad replaces 150 to 200 disposable pads...that’s a huge bite out of disposable pad profits.
Menstruation is a natural process of life and should be treated with respect and dignity, not as a never ending profit source for big business at the expense of women’s health and well being. It’s time to shift the power from the corporate influence and make the choices that are right for you as an individual. And you do have choices, more now than ever before. It’s up to you to take back your moon time and regain control of your feminine experience.
TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME
It’s ironic that disposable manufacturers call their pads “sanitary pads” when there’s nothing sanitary about disposable pads. There’s no actual product sterilization and they’re loaded with dioxins from the bleaching process used in their manufacture. Dioxins, the side-effect of chlorine bleaching, are known carcinogens and resistant to biological breakdown. It’s the same with tampons. Toxic shock syndrome has been associated with the use of tampons. If you currently use tampons, be sure to read the information leaflet included in the box you purchased.
STATS AND FACTS
U.S. women landfill or incinerate 11.3 billion disposable menstrual products per year.
It takes approximately 500 years for one disposable menstrual pad to partially biodegrade.
Disposable menstrual product manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients. Nail polish and shampoo manufacturers are.
Slim maxi paper products are impregnated with synthetic gelling crystals to increase absorbency. Their safety has been hotly debated in baby diapers but overlooked in disposable menstrual products.
Women are absent in upper management of Fortune 500 companies that manufacture disposable menstrual products.
An individual woman throws away between 10,000 and 15,000 paper pads or tampons in her lifetime.
The primary target markets of Fortune 500 companies are adolescent girls and underdeveloped countries like Eastern Europe, Soviet Union, and the Pacific Rim.
In the U.S, cloth menstrual pads are considered "medical devices".
Disposable menstrual products are not sterilized.
Chlorine bleaching of paper pulp results in 400-700 million pounds of toxins being dumped into U.S. waterways.
Dioxins, the side-effect of chlorine bleaching, are suspected carcinogens and resistant to biological breakdown.
Dioxins have been documented to impair liver function and depress human immune systems.
The ozone is thinned by the CFC's that are produced in the manufacturing processes that utilize chlorine - plastics, paints, dyes, bleaching agents, cleaning solvents, aerosols, deodorants, refrigerants, and wood preservatives.
Chlorine was the noxious substance used to suffocate soldiers during the First World War.
French nurses experimented with the first disposable menstrual products from cellulose surgical gauze during the First World War.
Trout store dioxins up to 86,000 times more than the water they find themselves in. We eat these fish!
Humans are harboring increasing levels of dioxin in their fatty tissues and breast milk. (Ed. notes: Formula also has high dioxin levels, so this is not a reason not to breastfeed)
An estimated two million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die annually from swallowing plastics including tampon applicators.
Call the 1-800 number on disposable menstrual products and all white paper products and insist on products that have not been bleached at any stage of production with any chlorine.
Sources: Whitewash, Greenpeace