Why am I talking about sanitary towels on my blog? Well, 28th May is Menstrual Hygiene Day. So here I am, as an empowered female, creating awareness around the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. In order to empower other boss babes.
This awareness campaign was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide
I would like to introduce you to Sherie de Wet, the founder and CEO of Palesa Pads. Palesa Pads are reusable/washable sanitary towels that are, hygienic, sustainable, eco-friendly and easy to use.
Through Palesa Pads Pty Ltd which is a social enterprise, Sherie leads an initiative #KeepAGirlChildInSchool which is to combat the lack of sanitary towels accessible to young girls in and around South Africa. Right now financially disadvantaged girls of school going age, who are on their period have limited options, including missing school for 4-7 days a month while they’re on their cycle. I literally tear up when I have to write this. In 2019, this is beyond shocking.
To date with the help of sponsors such as Harmony Gold, Hatch, and Bake ‘n More bakery, Palesa Pads has assisted over 4 000 school girls throughout the country with plans to expand into Botswana, Lesotho and neighboring countries. Slow clap for these sponsors!!
The Pads are produced and Manufactured in Germiston, East of Johannesburg by 10 seamstresses and lockers.
What about disposable pads?
- Disposable pads are costly, even with the recent announcement that pads will now be tax-free (one victory at a time :)) On average a woman spends R 20 to R 45 per month on disposable sanitary pads. This may not sound like a lot to you but for someone living below the bread line, these costs are unaffordable. More so, if you have a daughter of menstruation age too.
- Disposable pads are not eco-friendly. They take ages to degrade in a landfill and are often flushed down the toilet, clogging drains, when bins are not provided. These drains are expensive to repair.
- They aren’t healthy to use. “Most consumers are also unaware of questionable ingredients in disposable products, or even the fact that manufacturers are not legally required to disclose ingredients in the first place.” * There are studies that suggest that disposable pads and tampons can even lead to cervical cancer.
- They are not sustainable. The single-use nature of disposable sanitary products means they require an ongoing purchase and ongoing disposal.
The benefits of using cloth pads:
- Fewer menstrual cramps, rashes, and infections – as they don’t contain chemicals.
- No menstrual smell – there are no chemicals to react with the blood, so there is no smell. Even when folded in your bag.
- They are reusable – money saver.
- They’re environmentally friendly.
Why Palesa Pads:
- The design of Palesa Reusable Sanitary Pads provides maximum protection against leakage.
- The shape provides a much larger surface area to absorb blood.
- One pad can be worn for up to 12 hours depending on flow. The pad can be folded discreetly and taken home to wash with no smell in a lady’s handbag.
How much will these pads set you back?
- 4 pads = R139 (R28 a year, R2,32 a month)
- 6 pads = R199 (R40 a year, R3,32 a month)
- 9 pads = R349 (R70 a year, R5,82 a month)
For more information on these pads, please see contact details below.
Call them on +27 11 902 0359 or +27 66 00 66 359 / e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org