Sustainable living: Pasador

The first time I got my period, my mother cut an old t-shirt into several rectangular pieces, piled them on top of each other and sew them on my underwear. I was the only one who knew about it but I was so embarrassed. Why in God’s name must I be made to wear this hideous thing when you can buy disposable ones?

For a kid who’s just about to start high school, the thought of my classmates finding out that I’m wearing pasador was terrifying. I could already imagine what they’ll say, especially the girls from the well-off families from town. “That’s so old-fashioned” and “disgusting”. Imagine having to touch all that blood while washing it. So I replaced the pasador with disposable pads.

After giving birth, it took me a while to get my regular period back. But as the amount of soiled diapers piled up (even though I’m using environment-friendly ones) , reaching for a piece of disposable sanitary pad gave me an overwhelming sense of guilt.

Here I am advocating against plastics and preaching about reducing our carbon footprint and I’m using disposable menstrual pads. It looks very wrong.

If you think it’s not, here are the facts:

So I decided to go back to my mother’s old pasador – safe, reusable and sustainable. And who knew that pasadors these days don’t look as hideous as they were 20 years ago? I don’t even have to sew them together. They come with buttons to attach them to your underwear.

I’m using disposable sanitary from a Swedish brand called ImseVimse. They are made of 100% organic cotton and a thin layer of polyurethane laminated polyester so they won’t leak. And so far they haven’t stained. You can see from the photo how cute the designs are. When I put them on, they don’t feel like I’m sitting on a cushion anymore, like how my mother’s pasador before. Unfortunately they only fit my grandmother’s panties and they cost about €5/piece.

Apparently there are also menstruation cups these days, which work very much like tampons. Since I never used tampons (the idea makes me cringe), I opted for the pasadors. Whichever type of sanitary product you use, I think disposable ones are soooo 90’s and women must stop using them.

In the long run, disposable sanitary pads are expensive, not only to our pockets but for price our planet has to pay for it.