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Boondh’s cloth pads offer an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable sanitary napkins (DSNs). Layers of cotton are stitched into a shape that resembles a DSN, except that as compared to the latter’s lifetime utility of 4-6 hours, cloth pads can be reused for upto 5 years with appropriate maintenance. Each pad can be used for anywhere between 120-150 washes (approx. 5 years for an average 3-5 day bleeding cycle, avoiding approximately 960 disposable pads from ending up in landfills!).
Instead of the adhesive wings DSNs have, Boondh cloth pads have wings that are secured to one’s panty with a snap button. To ensure that they are leak proof, the bottommost layer of each pad is lined with a layer of PUL (a kind of plastic).
The absence of microfibers ensures that once the PUL layer is removed and disposed separately in dry waste, the rest of the cotton layers are completely* (a disclaimer for the method of composting needs to go at the bottom) biodegradable. You can pick a combination of your liking from 4 pad sizes (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large), each available in 4 different color variants. We recommend starting with a set of 4-6 pads and eventually increasing as required.
Each pad can be worn for 4-6 hours. To care for your cloth pads, soak them in cold water for 15-20 minutes after use, hand wash them with cold water and detergent or soap, and dry them under the sun. Cloth pads should be completely dry before reuse. Use of an iron to dry cloth pads may affect its shelf life.
Cloth pads and their use are dependent on one’s own hygiene practices besides having access to sufficient WASH infrastructure (Water, Hand washing Soap, Detergent soap/powder, safe and dignified toilet with access to running water and tools to use the same, Clothesline for drying under sunlight and a well ventilated space).
The raw material for the cloth pads are sourced from the textile hubs of Erode and Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu and with utmost attention being placed on quality. This is then upstitched at FORD Foundation, Hoskote in the outskirts of Bengaluru. The Cloth pad manufacturing process with FORD is a long lasting commitment towards building livelihoods for low income women already adopted and trained by FORD.
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