WIWTM January 2017 & Why I’m taking a “Cloth Pad Hiatus”

aisharebeccawritesJanuary 30, 2017

Happy Menstrual Monday Warriors. How has your first  few weeks of 2017 been treating you?

A new month for me, brings a new menstrual cycle and lovely new pads to try and I have recently added some nostalgic newbies to my collection.

My wears this month consisted of 4 overnight pads,1 Heavy, 4 Moderates, 5 Panty Liners and one trusty Lena cup.

  • 2 x 10″ PSP red and blue Overnights
  • 1 x Cheeky Wipes Overnight
  • 1 x NR NINJA overnight pad
  • 1 x Muff Fluff – CSP 12″ Heavy
  • 1 x Rubys 10″ Moderate
  • 1 x Moongazy Cloth Moomin Moderate *newbie*
  • 1 x 11″ NR Crushed ‘Velvet Blue’ straight style Moderate
  • 1 x 10″ Muff Fluff ‘Fantasy lady’ Moderate
  • 1 x 7 “PSP ‘Swirls’ Panty Liner
  •  1 x Moongazy Cloth ‘Moomin’ Panty Liner *newbie*
  • 1 x Minky Topped ‘White Rabbit’ Panty Liner
  • 1 x 7″ Ngozi Sews Cotton Topped ‘flowers’ Panty Liner *newbie*
  • 1 x 7″ PSP ‘Safari print’ Panty Liner
  • 1 x ‘Pink’ Lena cup

So, that’s everything I wore this cycle, but with that I’m also letting you, my readers know that I am taking a ‘cloth pad hiatus’. No, I’m not switching back to disposables. Don’t be so ridiculous. I merely mean I’m taking a break from purchasing any more cloth pads or menstrual cups.

When I began using cloth, it was because I wanted to reduce the waste in my life. I feel I have been successful in starting on my journey into zero waste and also sustainable and frugal living. I now have enough pads and cups to last me 3 decades, (more than enough for the rest of my menstruating life), and in buying more, I am defeating the object. I’ve succeeded in creating a waste free period, but am failing in being frugal with my money.

Many cloth pads need to be recycled after 5 years, so I will likely still need to buy cloth at some point in my life. Also, as I begin the next chapter of my life, I’ll likely need to invest in some “mummy sized” post partum cloth too someday. Also, my cups are set to last me another 9 years (almost completed my first year in reusables), should I care for them correctly.

It’s also not aiding in my goal to live a minimalist lifestyle. I’ve merely replaced buying clothes and other crap, with justifying purchasing more because I’m saving the environment. I know myself. It I don’t stop this bad cycle now, I’ll start a whole new cycle of buying loving things and not people. The instant gratification wears of very quickly and I’ve worked so hard on this zero, waste and minimalist journey to break that.

This cloth pad hiatus will also allow me to finally catch up on some long awaited reviews from many amazing makers . I had already reviewed Muff Fluff-CSP *read that here*and feel I need to get back to reviewing some other amazing makers too. I’ll still be doing #menstrualmondays, but with less focus on WIWTM’s and more emphasis on favourite makers, favourite pads, fabrics, stain removers etc. So, as I begin a next angle and journey into cloth, I hope you’ll still stick by me and enjoy my Eco warrior lifestyle.

Love and Blessings,

Aisha Rebecca

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My entire stash (not including my cups). Doesn’t seem a lot in comparison to other Vlog/Bloggers,but it’s enough to last me if I had my period 2 whole weeks! Not including my cups which I can wear all day. Plus it was never my intention to become a “collector”.

What was you reason for beginning using cloth? Do you still buy cloth or mostly us a cup? What period related topic would you like me to cover in my blogs going forward? Leave your comments below.

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