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How to Properly Retire Your Cloth Pads

The Brand hannah (hannahPAD) was introduced to Australia 5 years ago and we expect people who made the switch years ago may be thinking of retiring and replacing their oldest, most loved cloth pads by this point. Our cloth pads are expected to last 2-5 years depending on personal use and care. However they may even continue being a healthy waste-free option beyond that timeframe. We have customers across the globe who continue to use theirs for up to 8 years and some of our team members have held onto their hannahPADS beyond 5 years! Just think of the plastic waste and money saved, WOW! 


What repeated use and wash on cloth pads look like?

With regular use of the cloth pads there will be signs of wear. Over time normal wear can cause:

  • Pilling of the organic cotton sheets (especially on the top sheet)
  • Stiffening of the organic cotton fibres from stain treatment, washing, and drying
  • Slight staining on the top sheet 
  • Discolouration (from natural beige to white)
  • Loose or chipped snap buttons 

hannahPADs last years of reuse and the natural material can return to the earth when it's time to retire the pads.

We have plenty of helpful tips to manage the usual wear and tear on hannahPADs, extend their lifespan, and keep them comfy for years to come. Click HERE for tips.


It may be time to retire your cloth pads.

However long you’ve been enjoying your waste-free period care with reusables, nothing is made to last forever. There are some common signs that it’s time to say goodbye to your most loved organic cloth pads:

  • Leaking through the outer patterned layer (indicating the TPU waterproof coating has begun to degrade)
  • Loose stitching or loose threads on the outer binding of the pad (compromising the pad's overall structure) 

Take a closer look: Winnie's most used Medium pad with piling and slight staining– all normal. 


How to properly retire your cloth pads:

If you feel your hannahPADs have reached the end of their life, read on because the pads can be disposed of in a low waste manner. 

1. Cut and remove the absorbent organic cotton sheets (top and internal layers). Take each layer apart and feed them to the worms in your compost. If you don't have a compost, ask your neighbours or contact your local council how best to compost natural materials.

2. Pull apart and remove the plastic buttons. The buttons are #7 plastic classed as 'other' for recycling services. They are recyclable but it's important to check your local council accepts this type of plastic. 

3. Remove the outer patterned layer, labels and all threads. These are the only components that will need to be disposed in regular household garbage. 

Using cloth pads (hannahPADs) and disposing of them correctly, you are helping to create a happy planet by saving tonnes of plastic disposables from landfill and stopping them polluting our oceans. To see just how much good you are doing with this one simple switch to cloth pads check out these stats on the impact of disposables versus reusables!

September 21, 2021 — Hannahpad Team