Zero Waste Period: Bloom & Nora Cloth Period Pads
Bloom & Nora cloth period products are a branch of one of our favourite cloth nappy brands Tots Bots. Ethically made here in the UK, they come in a wide range of sizes, absorbency and fabrics to suit your needs. There is a choice of stay-dry microfibre or natural bamboo fabrics which all carry the Oeko Tex safety standard.
What inspired the Bloom & Nora range? The early American feminist Amelia Bloomer who was a fierce support and advocate of Victorian Dress Reform. The idea for bloomers came from the struggle women faced when trying to ride bicycles in long skirts. Bloom & Nora period pads were developed for a different kind of (monthly) cycle, one which should also be treated to comfort and style! With a nod to Victorian style and sophistication, the new range of prints called the Boudoir collection give a light hearted look at this era. The four new print include Amelia, Hourglass, Flirt and Eau! Which is your favourite?
Why choose reusable pads?
Do you want to control what goes next to one of the most sensitive parts of your body? If the answer is unequivocally YES, then cloth pads might just be for you. . By using only Oeko Tex certified fabrics, Bloom & Nora pads have no harmful chemicals used in any stage of their manufacturing.
Single use pads contain up to 90% plastic, including packaging and backing strips, with tampons often having a plastic applicator. These can take upwards of 500 years to degrade. Unfortunately not all of this waste resides in landfill- a considerable proportion can end up in the marine environment.
The Marine Conservation Society estimates that 8.5% of Britain’s beach litter is made up of sewage debris including disposable menstrual products.
As well as the the environmental factors, the practical benefits are great. They are fantastically absorbent, super soft and comfortable, and very economical.
These are for those of you who prefer natural fibres next to your skin. They are soft and super absorbent, with everything locked into the microfibre core. They have a stay dry binding and hidden waterproof layer to prevent any leaks. Change your pad every 4-6 hours (unless using mighty pads for overnight), or as required.
Bloom have a bold, colourful bamboo top, and a choice of four Victorian inspired prints underneath.
Bright whites for those who look for a soft stay dry top layer that repels stains. Made from microfibre, they are absorbent and will rapidly take away any moisture, making them perfect for light incontinence, as well as using during your period. They come in all four new gorgeous, fun, Victorian inspired prints on the underside.
Both Bloom and Nora come in four sizes to suit your flow
- Mini – perfect pantyliners for a light flow at the end of your period. Short, slimline and discreet they can be used everyday for cervical mucus, as a backup to a mensural cup, or light incontinence.
- Midi – for medium days and a regular flow. The perfect pad for normal flow days, slim fitting and discreet.
- Maxi – these are long pads for heavy flows and overnight use.
- Mighty- extra long and designed for very heavy flows, overnight use, and postpartum.
Bloom & Nora have quickly gained a strong following of reusable period pad fans, and we think the new prints will inspire some more to make the switch to reusable pads. Find out more about reusable menstrual pads with our beginners guide > here <