Ahem. This is one of those awkward topics. I may as well just launch right in.
About a year ago, just after the birth of my second son, I switched to modern cloth nappies. Up until that time, I'd been completely reliant on disposable nappies for my 18-month-old. And not your eco-conscious, biodegradeable nappies. Nup. I was into your pure, made-from-crude-oil, -hanging-around-for-the-next-millenium dolphin-chokers.
The reasons for choosing to switch were varied, and in truth the sustainability factor was not my highest priority. But when I made the change, a whole lot of pennies started dropping. Scary pennies. I started to see what an unthinking consumer I was, how driven by lazy choices and the desire for convenience, how quick to believe what I was told I 'needed', how naive about where the things I bought came from and the impact they might have on this earth and its people.
Anyway, many changes have been made, slowly slowly, at chez clutterpunk since the arrival of cloth nappies. And last week, it came to this:
image from pleat.etsy.com
That's right. Cloth pads. I'm going there.
It was inevitable really. From cloth nappies, I moved to cloth wipes, serviettes, handkerchiefs and breast pads. I hadn't really thought much about 'that time of the month' until, well, it became an issue again (after a lovely 3 year hiatus!).
So. Ahem. There you go.
What do you think? Are you apalled, impressed, thinking 'well duh!', or bringing up your dinner as you read? Believe me, I NEVER thought I would be getting excited at the prospect of a bunch of cloth pads turning up in the mail. I could not have predicted this a year ago. How quickly things change...