Let’s talk about reusable cloth pads! I went green with my period last year and it’s one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Honestly, I am not sure what took me so long! I’m a cloth diapering advocate, so switching to cloth pads seemed like a no-brainer, but I guess I was held up by the stigma of it all. Now, a year later, I’m well established in my green period routine. When Mme & Co. approached me to review their cloth pads, I was very excited! I am familiar with the brand already, since we have reviewed their all-in-one cloth diaper (spoiler: it’s amazing, read about it here) and they even sent me some cloth trainers to try too (review pending)! But without further delay, here’s my experience with their reusable cloth pads.
This product was received at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions are honest and reflect my true experience with the items. You can purruchase these and other products mentioned from www.mmeco.ca
Mme & Co. Reusable cloth menstrual pads
This Canadian company is based in Quebec where it designs and markets their extensive line of reusable cloth products. From cloth diapers to family and feminine cloth, they’ve developed a lineup of quality, affordable items that any planet-conscious mama can appreciate. And when I say affordable, I mean it. Each pad is only $4 and up!
Mme & Co. sent us small, medium and large sizes to try, which I believe are listed a Panty-liner, Regular and Overnight on their website. The pads are backed with PUL, just like cloth diapers, for a waterproof element and the lining is a bamboo charcoal. The gentle fleece topper is comfortable and soft. The dark colour makes it resistant to staining.
Switching to green, sustainable products in your life isn’t always affordable. Th start-up costs of switching to cloth pads were the main reason I put it off for so long. Yes, it saves you oney over time because you are reusing the items, but if you are low income like me living on a tight budget- that initial cost is quite deterring. Not with these pads, however. At only $4.00 for small, $4.25 for medium and $4.50 for large- you can easily build a complete stash without breaking the bank.
FYI, their awesome bamboo AIO cloth diapers are only $14 each. So check those out too!
Take it on the go with a travel size bag
Out and about with cloth pads couldn’t be easier when you have a gorgeous zippered wet bag to carry your pads in. This high quality PUL is so lovely in their “Romantique” print. I can fit all four of my pads in here when in the folded and snapped position, and could probably fit more when laying them flat out. Easy to wash, too- I just fold the bag inside out and toss in with the rest.
They have larger wet bags available too, if you are looking for a cloth diaper solution or for collecting other family washables like un-paper towels and family cloth.
Excellent performance on light and heavy days
I’m a big girl, and I sometimes have issues finding pads that fit my plus size panties. These ones fit wonderfully, and I imagine they’d work great on petite mamas as well. There are two snaps to adjust the width of the pad once its on your underwear.
I have a range of light to heavy flow during my periods and have been able to use these pads successfully at all stages of my menstruation. I even use the small size as a panty liner when not on my period, just to stay comfortable and fresh. I deal with mild incontinence issues as a disabled person, so sitting all day in a wheelchair without any kind of protection is daunting. I get great performance from these pads in that capacity as well. I did use the large size overnight as well, and had no leaks.
Whenever I review a product, it’s a bit worrisome when I think about potentially not liking it or having it not work for me. I share my true and honest opinions of things to my readers, so when I find something I love it’s extra awesome! I can confidently recommend this brand to all my followers and encourage you to check out their website and other products. Help support this sweet Canadian company in their journey to green your home!
Visit: www.meeco.ca to order!
Have you switched to reusable menstrual products yet?
There needs to be some more discussion about green periods in general. We need to talk about it, familiarize ourselves with it, and recognize how disposable products have infiltrated our society as “the norm” when they really aren’t the only option. And they definitely are not the safest choice in comparison. With issues like Toxic Shock Syndrome and not to mention the environmental impact of plastic pads and tampons to our planet, this deserves your consideration. You can switch to a more natural approach – one tried and tested by thousands of years of human experience: washable pads.
Washing reusable cloth pads is easier than you think, so if that’s holding you back – don’t let it! I wash my pads in with my regular laundry. There are no icky transfer issues at all using proper detergent (we’re a Tide powder family). Everything comes out perfectly clean. So, have you made the switch? If not- what’s holding you back? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section. Also, please share this article to spread the word about this great Cloth Pad option that fits into even the tightest budget.
Jessica Ducharme says
Thank you so much for this review! (and for all your blog posts – one internet search led me to you and I’ve been reading many of your posts on cloth diapers) I am also on a pretty tight budget so making any changes that come with big start up cost is difficult for me as well. I am also I bigger Mama so it’s extra great to know these can work for everyone, not just ladies who fit average sizes. I tried using a cup instead of disposable pads and it really doesn’t work for me so I’ve been very hesitant to put out money on other potential failures. These pads seem reasonably affordable AND effective without the discomfort of a cup so I will definitely check them out.
Thank you for the comment, Jessica! If you ever have any questions or just want to chat please feel free to message me on my Facebook page! I love chatting about all this stuff! I’m curious, though, what cup did you try? I bought a cheap Athena cup off Amazon and I was very unhappy with how it turned out. Since then I have taken the Quiz at PutACupInIt.com and they made a recommendation for me specific to my answers. I’m now using the Lena Sensitive cup and it was totally worth the investment. I still prefer to keep a pad with it just in case though. I also use these pads for minor incontinence issues (I’m physically disabled so that comes with the territory).
Mme & Co make affordable cloth diapers too which is awesome!
Leigh K. says
I wish these reusable products had been around in my younger days. As I get older I can see how the panty liners would be great for little bladder leaks too.