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Why should I switch to organic cloth pads?

The switch to any of our reusable products (liners/pads, menstrual cup, or face mask) is:

  • Better and healthier for your skin and body
  • Saves the planet from more disposable products
  • Cost-effective with long term savings

What are the environmental benefits?

Almost 4.2 million Australian women aged between 14-54 would have purchased menstrual products (tampons, sanitary pads, panty liners) in the last month. The amount of waste these disposable options will produce in a year is ~45,000 tonnes.

Disposable tampons and pads can take hundreds of years to decompose and the toxic chemicals released into the earth and air is harmful on the environment, animals and humans. This is not only an Australian issue but a worldwide concern that should be taken seriously. hannahPADs/ hannahMASKs have a lifespan of 2-3 years or longer depending on personal use and care. In comparison to disposables, the organic cotton material can take about 12 months to biodegrade and compost.

hannahCUPs can last 2 years+ depending on personal use and care but must be discarded in regular household garbage.

Not only are we caring for Australia’s flora and fauna but we aim to bring the eco-friendly benefits of washable cloth pads to the world.

Where are the pads made?

We are an Australian owned company that supplies and distributes The Brand hannah’s products and supplementary products both responsibly made in South Korea (hannahCUP & hannahMASK) and in Vietnam (hannahPAD & Accessories). These reusable solutions are now accessible to people living here within the Southern Hemisphere (Australia & New Zealand).

Where are the benefits for my skin?

One of the most sensitive and absorbent areas on the body is the mucosal lining of the vagina. hannahPAD does not contain any bleach, dyes, dioxin, formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides, and fragrance. In comparison, non-organic cotton is farmed with five of the nine most harmful pesticides. OCS100 certified and dermatologically tested.

hannahCUP is made from medical grade soft silicone and uncoloured.

You can be confident that your products are healthier and do not contain any harmful toxins used against the skin or inserted into the intimate area of the body.

This will in turn lower the chances of any skin reactions. Less irritation means a healthier and happier you.

How do reusable products differ from single-use options?

hannahPADs are made to be reused and to last for several years. The organic cotton layer that touches the skin is extra soft, comfortable, breathable, and absorbent. Our reusable pads are also leakproof and come in a range of sizes, lengths, absorbency levels, and fun patterns.

This switch means no more skin irritations, unnecessary waste, and no more stuffy, sweaty, crunchy feeling in your pants. Bonus: No more pad runs to the local supermarket.

hannahCUP is the perfect medium firmness for beginners to menstrual cup use. Instead of absorbing flow, the cup collects flow and can be worn for up to 8 hrs at a time. Easy to use, wash, reuse and store. Same deal, no more tampon runs to the local supermarket. HOORAY!

Who can use hannahPAD & hannahCUP?

Our hannahPAD offers a washable option for anyone currently experiencing the following:

- regular menstruation

- using a menstrual cup

- vaginal discharge/ spotting

- pregnancy discharge/ postpartum bleeding

- light bladder leakage

- sensitive skin issues with store bought disposables

Our hannahCUP is suitable for people who are tampon users or interested in a menstrual cup switch. Our cup sizes can manage a light to moderate flow. It can also be used for people experiencing a heavy flow however, the cup will need to be emptied out throughout the day more frequently. 

Is there any odour with reusable products?

The bad odour that most people are familiar with actually comes from a reaction when the bloody discharge mixed with sweat and the toxic cocktail of chemicals in the disposable pad is exposed to oxygen.

Moreover, the chemicals that are used in the production of disposable tampons and pads adds to the overwhelming odour when it has been sitting against/ inside of you for several hours. To combat the odour issue, companies mask it by using artificial fragrances which again is another chemical.

When you give hannahPAD/hannahCUP a try, you might find it surprising that there is little to no odour.

Why do organic cloth pads cost more?

It’s true that purchasing anything organic can be expensive. However, the price of hannahPAD products are relative to the top quality in the product itself. Organic cotton is limited in supply and must be handled carefully post-harvest plus the added production costs on smaller volumes.

Beyond the product, the value in the price extends to other key factors:

- The health of cotton farmers (no handling of chemical pesticides)

- Transparency knowing that a certified product actually contains organically grown material that's toxin-free

- Supporting farming practices that protects the environment

- Maintaining high standards for wildlife welfare

Choosing organic creates a healthier and happier future for us all on planet Earth.

How long do the products last?

hannahPAD 2+ years and longer depending on personal care and use.

Eg. Jenny (co-director of The Brand hannah AU) has been reusing her same set of hannahPADs for 5+ years. They’re still going strong. Keep in mind that if you need to reuse the liners/pads daily, they will get worn out sooner than when only using them once a month.

hannahCUP 2+ years and longer depending on personal care and use.

Eg. Winnie (team member) has been reusing her menstrual cup for 4+ years. She uses a combination of the Small cup (light flow days) and Medium cup for (heavy flow days).

hannahMASK 2+ years and longer depending on personal care and use.

Eg. hannah team members have been wearing their hannahMASKs even before it was made mandatory. They are still going strong 9 months on.

How do I dispose my reusable products?

Signs to retire your hannahPAD: (The following are unlikely to occur in the first few years of use). Hem falling apart Stitching coming undone Leaking through the outer patterned layer (internal TPU coating is worn out)

How to dispose:

- All organic cotton sheets (top & internal layers ) are biodegradable and compostable. Feed them to the worms.

- Plastic buttons are recyclable (#7 OTHER). Please check with your local council.

- Outer patterned layer with TPU coating and stitching should be discarded with regular household waste.

Signs to retire your hannahCUP:

- A tear appears on the cup

- The stem is broken close to the base of the cup (causing a hole at the base)

- Severe discolouration or bad odour

How to dispose: The medical grade silicone cup must be discarded with regular household waste. This doesn’t need to happen for several years and depends on personal use and care.

As for hannahMASK, when you think it no longer fits and covers your face properly or is very misshapen due to repeated use and wash, or the straps and stitching comes undone, then it’s to replace it. Remove the label and discard with household garbage. The entire mask can then be fed to the worm- compostable.

Are there any discount codes I can use?

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If you're not a student, you can sign up to our newsletter via the page footer for 10% off your first order.

Discount Code T&Cs: Discount code applies to pad products only excluding  Sale Items (ongoing sale and sale periods), Cleaning Items and Accessories. Discount code cannot be applied with any other promo codes. Welcome discount code only applies to first purchase only.

Student Discount 20% OFF

We offer student discounts to encourage the younger generation to begin their cloth pad switch with a healthier reusable option. If you are a student (primary, secondary, tertiary or TAFE), feel free to take advantage of this offer.

Here’s how:

- Send us an email to info@hannahpad.com.au to claim the student discount by attaching a photo of your student ID card with a valid date. If there is no valid date on your student ID card, send us an email via your student email address and we'll reply with your student code.

- You will then receive a unique once off student discount code for 20% off pad, menstrual cup, and mask products only. Details of the discount will be emailed to you in reply with your unique code.

- When you've used your once off code on a purchase and you need more cloth pads to complete your collection, please email us again and we'll organise another code for you.

NOTE: Your student discount code can only be used on this official site. Once validity is confirmed, the copy of student ID provided will be deleted and will not be kept on file.

What is hannahPAD?

hannahPAD is an AIO (all in one) style cloth pad meaning that there are no removable inserts. Instead, the internal cotton sheets are sewn to the core of the cloth pad. This makes hannahPADs easier to wear, change and wash.

Our collection of cloth liners and pads are suitable for period, maternity/ postpartum, and bladder leakage management.

How to Use & How to Wash

Please click HERE to find further instructions.

hannahPAD Specifications

What hannahPAD size(s) should I get?

Did you know that disposables are changed more often throughout the day because of their lower absorbency, odour, and uncomfortable, stuffy feeling. With hannahPAD you will find that you won’t have to change as often as it provides secure protection against leaking, increased comfort, and higher absorbency.

We strongly suggest referring to the size chart provided below to figure out what size(s) and quantities you may need for your requirement (period, maternity, or LBL).

As the pads are sewn by professional seamstresses (and not on machines), there may be a very slight difference in the final product when compared to the sizing chart. Please note that the slight difference in size does not affect the functionality and comfort of the product when worn.

How many pads do I need?

The amount of pads needed to get through one cycle can differ from person to person. Factors to consider are the length of your cycle, your lifestyle, the number of heavy and light days and your washing routine.

If you've never used cloth pads before, the very first step is to purchase a range of sizes from our Liners and Pads range. This way you can experience the wear and wash required when using cloth pads.

From there you can make additional purchases once you’ve determined what works for you after 1-2 cycles of use. You may need to add more to your collection in sizes/absorbency on top of your first starter pack purchase.

Over time you'll be equipped with the appropriate amount of pads in the sizes that’s suitable to your requirements.

If you need extra assistance or advice, you may email us at info@hannahpad.co.nz about your personal requirements and we’d be glad to assist. Additionally you can check out our blog post ‘A guide to figure out how many cloth pads you’ll need'.

What is OCS100 Certification?

OCS100 is certified to only those final products that contain 95-100% of organic material. The aim of OCS (Organic Content Standard) is to provide transparency, consistency and guarantee traceability whilst retaining the integrity of the organically grown material.

Close monitoring and verification of contents of the organically grown material throughout all stages of production ensures the product indeed contains organic material. In the textiles industry, the raw materials must come from controlled organic cultivation.

The Control Union is a renowned certification body that conducts mandatory checks on the use of the biologically grown cotton at all stages of processing and manufacturing.

NOTE: There will be slight shrinkage on the natural cotton fibre with repeated use and wash.

Where is the organic cotton sourced?

Certified organic cotton used to make hannahPADs are sourced mainly from India supporting small independent farms and their organic farming practices. The untreated material is then turned into yarn and cotton sheets for the productions of the pads in Vietnam.

hannahPAD works with suppliers providing organic cotton that are GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). GOTS certified facilities must meet the high quality environmental and social compulsory criteria set out by the global founding organisations.

These criteria includes: safe and hygienic working conditions, no child labour, fair living wages, no excessive working hours, regular employment provided, prohibited inhumane treatment and no practice of discrimination.

The manufacturing factory in South Korea & Vietnam works only under fair and ethical conditions.

What are the tiny black specks on the cotton sheet?

The tiny black specks you may find on the top cotton layer of the pad are simply cotton seeds. As the pads are made from organic cotton, very minimal chemicals and processing were used in the production of the organic cotton fabric.

Keep in mind that different organic cotton harvesting periods will produce different looking material (no one batch is the same- this is the beauty of nature). Some will have more or less visible cotton seeds and may also be more visible upon washing.

The tiny black specks are nothing to worry about as it won't affect the soft feel of the cotton against your skin. It's a good sign that we've kept our organic cotton sheets as natural as possible so it causes no irritation on even the most sensitive skin.

Do I need to wash the pads before first use?

Yes, it is advised that your cloth pads are treated like newly bought undergarment. Please do a simple cold-water wash either by hand or in a machine with natural laundry products. Hang to completely dry and store away ready for your first use.

What's this Extra Grip feature?

We have added an extra grip feature to our smaller sized pads (Thong Liner, Pantyliner, Long Liner, Small & Medium) to keep the pad securely in place when worn. Along with the button fasteners, your pad will stay in position and sit nicely against the skin so you can go about your day worry-free. This great idea came from grips on baby socks!

How do I use the pads when I'm out and about?

Washable cloth pads are not limited to just home use like most people think. If you want to completely switch to cloth pads and only rely on your collection of hannahPADs without going back to disposables, then using them as part of your everyday lifestyle is necessary.

In the morning, pack your wet bag filled with fresh cloth pads (you'll already be wearing one). As you go through the day, you'll need to change your cloth pad every 3-4hours (less/more frequently depending on your flow).

Take off the used cloth pad, fold it and pop into the wet bag. Grab a clean cloth pad and snap onto your underwear and you're ready to go. DO NOT rinse/wash out your used cloth pads when you're out and about.

By the end of the day, you'll have a wet bag full of used cloth pads that you'll take home to rinse and wash thoroughly before hanging up to dry.

Read this blog post: On-the-go with hannahpad

Are the pads the same for period, maternity & LBL use?

All cloth pads listed are exactly the same. Meaning the internal and external make up of the pads are the same on every pad product. The pads are versatile and can be used for period, maternity, and light bladder leakage purposes.

The available packs in various sizes and absorbency so you can create your own unique collection to reach a complete switch. Keep in mind that the starter packs offered may/may not be enough for a week's worth of use. It's only a starting point for your unique hannahPAD collection.

It is also good to factor in washing, drying time and amount of changes you’ll need. This will become clear as you get into your routine with cloth pads.

Which side is suppose to sit against my skin?

It's the beige organic cotton side that faces up and touches your skin. Here's a blog to explain why we do not colour the cotton top sheet and internal layers: Read HERE.

 

Will the organic cotton stain?

The simple answer is yes. Your hannahpads will have slight staining over repeated use. This is very normal. As long as you’ve followed our washing instructions, they are completely clean inside and out.

The good news is that stains can be treated.

You may consider the following stain removal products we highly recommend on your pads: Laundry Stain Remover used as soaker on tougher stains, or Tuff Stuff Stain Remover used on fresh stains when hand washing the pads. These best selling cleaning products will keep your pads looking like new for longer.

How often do I need to change my pad?

It is recommended that you change your pad every 3-4 hours whether it be cloth or disposable pad. This is for hygiene reasons as well as ensuring you stay fresh and dry throughout the day.

Some people may need to change less or more in comparison to the recommended 3-4hours changing guide dependent on the day and amount of flow.

How do I store my pads?

Before storing your pads make sure they are completely dry inside and out. Stored at home, keep them in a dark, dry place and lay them flat or folded. Stored inside a wet bag, have the pads folded up so you can carry more with you on-the-go.

I found some green spots on my pads. What is it?

If you're noticing some green spots on your cloth pads, then it's likely that the pad(s) have developed mould. DO NOT use the affected pad(s) immediately and read on for treatment instruction.

The reason this has occurred is because the pad(s) was not completely dry (inside layers and top sheet) before storing away. This is likely to happen during winter months, or in environments where it’s wet, humid, or damp.

Hence, it's important to keep in mind that drying time could take 24 to 48 hours and longer during winter months. You must ensure that the top sheet including each internal cotton layer is completely dry before storing the pads away.

The affected pad(s) can be treated to remove mould spores.

Here's how:

1. Put affected pad(s) into a bucket

2. Sprinkle bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate) directly onto beige cotton side

3. Boil vinegar and pour over the pad(s)

4. Leave to cool completely in the solution

5. Once cooled, go ahead to pop them into a regular cold water wash in the machine

6. Do a spin cycle on the pads to remove as much moisture from the pads as possible

7. Hang dry completely (24-48 hours or longer in winter months) in a dry place preferably indoors near a big window where the sun gets in

The above treatment will kill mould spores but there might still be slight discolouration that can be lifted with sodium percarbonate available at the laundry section of local health/organic stores.

Please follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the product that you use for soaking and removing mould.

For your health & hygiene DO NOT USE and dispose of your hannahPAD immediately if any mould is still present. It is each individual's responsibility to wash and maintain their pads once purchased.

The Brand hannah does NOT take responsibility for the incorrect use and/or washing and care of the products.

Why have my pads stiffened up over time?

It is normal for the pads to stiffen over time with repeated wear and wash. Even with the use of natural laundry products they will stiffen. The good news is that you can soften them by soaking the pads in epsom salt (natural fabric softener) for a couple of hours, hang to dry and store away. Rest assured the stiffened pads do not affect the comfort level when worn.