What Women Really Think About Reusable Cloth Pads

Are you curious about reusable cloth pads or reusable panty liners?

Perhaps you have been noticing some “rave reviews” popping up on your newsfeed or you have a friend who suggested you try them? Maybe you dislike your disposable pads and tampons, but have been unaware of better options until recently?

Here is what a few of our fans have to say about their experience with Bluebird Pads:

I LOVE BLUEBIRD PADS! They are crazily well made, so warm, so comforting, so pretty and feminine, soft and breathe so well. I just love them!

These pads are SO deluxe. You can tell they are hand-crafted and lovingly made, which really speaks to my social consciousness, and I love that they are made in Canada, on my island! The biggest thing is that they are effective. The shape of them contours well in underwear, and for a heavy bleeder with endometriosis like myself, I need that extra length to feel secure that it won’t leak. Reusable pads feel expensive to start, but after a few months of not having to run out and buy pads, it pays for itself and then more!

I was so grossed out by the concept! In fact one Sunday morning I was out for breaky with a friend and we were both like, nope not going to happen. A few hours later at a market and I bought two and I LOVE them! It’s really not gross at all! Since I still only have two I sometimes have a regular white pad and now I find that that looks gross! And then I have to hide it in the garbage… hope to be buying more soon! The dark blue is best.

Andrea is so pleased with her Bluebird Pads, she even went LIVE to talk about it!

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Bluebird Pads are handmade in Canada from all organic cotton fabrics + waterproof barrier + a pinch of spandex for flexibility. They function the same as a commercial pad or liner, but instead of throwing it into the garbage, throw it in the washing machine & dryer! Forget your monthly run to the drugstore –  a set of Bluebird Reusable Pads will last you for years! 

But wait… what about when you are at work, shopping or the gym?

Bluebird Pads are really a reusable system. We also make pretty dual-pocket cosmetic style waterproof totes designed for this purpose! Simply store you clean items in the dry pocket and your used items in the waterproof pocket. When ready to launder, just empty your tote into the wash and toss the bag in too if you like!

Bluebird Pads come in a range of sizes, are thin, absorbent and … seriously comfortable. They are are made with only the best fabrics available (Global Organic Textile Certified and made colourful with low-impact dyes) for ultimate comfort, health and durability.

Facts About Sustainability and Health

Did you know that by using disposable menstrual products Canadian women add the approximate volume of one or even two eighteen story apartment buildings to landfills every single year?

Disposable feminine pads are the landfill equivalent of a plastic bag. What we put in the landfill 50 years ago, today and 50 years from nowwill still be there in 500 years

Not only that, commercial disposables are made to be just that – disposable! They are manufactured as economically as possible with the cheapest components.

Unlike packaged foods, the regulations for women’s hygiene products don’t require manufacturers to provide consumers with a complete detailed list of components and by-products.

Since we use these in and on one of the most absorbent areas of our bodies for at least a week out of every month for 40 plus years …

I think we can all agree that this is a BIG deal!

Little Leaks: No Laughing Matter?

Do you pee just a little when you laugh? There is a fantastic solution for mild incontinence that may surprise you.

I recently had the opportunity to attend an absolutely fabulous birthday party with my 9 year old son and and 6 year old daughter. They were invited by their classmates to the Nanaimo Airhouse and *bonus* the invitation was extended to parents as well! To be honest, I haven’t jumped on a trampoline in years, but was pleased to discover that I still have some “lit”trampoline skills! (I may be exaggerating every so slightly on that point). We had so much fun! We were bouncing like crazy and jumping to and from platforms. There were big square trampolines and smaller rectangle ones. Some were extra bouncy and others were angled sideways! There was even a trampoline with a trampoline roof! What?!? So awesome!

Well, awesome for some anyways. The kids and men – for sure!

The women are another story.

For roughly 1/2 of us, a trampoline park is frightening at best and downright impossible at worst! After certain physical changes (such as those that occur with pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and age) many women experience mild “stress” incontinence. For these women, anything from laughing to jumping (double-unders at crossfit are my personal nemesis) induces a most unpleasant series of bladder leaks.

Here are a few standard suggestions:

1

Don’t do anything that will induce a leak, such as: jumping, lifting weights, skipping and running.
(they might as well suggest that we not bother with fitness or fun! Seriously!?)

2

Don’t drink anything that will irritate the bladder, such as: coffee or alcohol.
(since both are diuretics and caffeine may irritate your bladder)

3

Do your kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor.

4

Talk to your doctor about other options.

In other words, the standard suggestions are completely useless!

Unless you are willing to give up your daily boost of caffeine and all forms of fun? I guess there may be *something* to those suggestions. Kegels, of course, are helpful and it never hurts to discuss your situation with your doctor.

Personally, I am simply not willing to give up my morning coffee and I honestly don’t believe that an occasional glass of wine has an effect either! My “problem” is that I had two beautiful babies and I love lifting weights! And running! And skipping… and going to birthday parties where I get to jump on trampolines!

In January 2017, together with my sister and mom, I launched a brand new company: Blushing Bluebird Essentials.

Bluebird Pads are my answer to the incontinence problem that many women face. We created comfortable, reusable organic feminine pads that are completely safe and non-irritating for daily wear. Bluebird Pads are made from organic cotton + waterproof barrier. They are super thin and feel just like a pair of undies.  Simply pop into a Bluebird or other wet bag after use and add to your next load of laundry! Wear. Wash/Dry. Repeat.

For daily wear, I recommend a Petite Thong (great for the gym) or one of our Classic sized pads (increased incontinence protection for the trampoline park!) Goodbye sitting on the sideline!

Hello, Bluebirds, let's fly!