Calculate Your Savings 
(over 10 years)
    ________ Amount you spend on disposables per
                     month x 120 (10 years).  Keep in mind 
                     you will need to factor in inflation as 
                     disposable costs go up over 10 years
 -  ________ Total cloth pad purchase cost every 10 
                     years (approximately 20 to 25 pads)
 = ________ Total savings over 10 years

A woman’s menstrual lifetime is approximately 40 years (average age 12 to 52).

With cloth pads, you don’t even calculate in laundry costs because the pads just go in with whatever laundry you are currently doing so they piggy back on the cost you would already be putting out for laundry anyway.  
If you haven't yet purchased your pad stash, the above formula can help give you an idea of what you would like to spend to get the greatest savings (just calculate in the cloth totals with the tentative totals you are looking at spending). It's a great way to help you set a cloth budget.  The sooner you switch, the more you’ll save!



Thanks to New Moon Pads’ customers making the switch 
to reusable cloth pads, over half a million less disposable 
pads and tampons end up in landfills every month!
Yes, you read that right ...that’s EVERY MONTH!

Take Control Of Your Feminine Experience 
Corporations who sell chemical laden disposable feminine hygiene products spend huge advertising dollars to continually bombard women with the message that menstruation is something to be hidden and ashamed of and that somehow their products are the magic bullets that will take it all away.  Seriously?  How many of us really dance around on a beach, leaping and laughing, wearing skin tight white pants right in the middle of our moon time?  That should be the first indication that they’re really out of touch with women and their needs, emotions, or feelings in general.  Not surprising considering that women are mostly absent in upper management of Fortune 500 companies that manufacture disposable menstrual products.  

Cloth pads have taken a big surge in popularity and are becoming more mainstream but you don’t see these corporations making the change from disposable menstrual products (which can have devastating health consequences) and there’s a reason for that...with cloth they can’t sell you new product month after month, year after year, which means there’s no huge profit in it for them.  

Menstruation is a natural process of life and should be treated with respect and dignity, not as a never ending profit source for big business at the expense of women’s health and well being.  It’s time to shift the power from the corporate influence and make the choices that are right for you as an individual, independent woman.  And you do have choices...more now than ever before.  It’s up to you to take back your moon time and regain control.

Pamper Yourself...Naturally
Homemade Bath Oil
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Essential oil (of your choice)

Fill a slim bottle that has a lid, or can be corked, with olive oil. Add in a few drops of essential oil (lavender is a popular one to promote relaxation). Shake lightly to blend the scent throughout the oil.  For a Christmas scented oil peel an orange and slice about 1/4 of the peel in long thin strips. Place orange strips in the bottle. Add in 3 to 4 whole cloves and a whole cinnamon stick. Fill with olive oil. Let stand for a few days, shaking occasionally to blend the scents throughout the oil. 

Soapwort Lavender Shampoo
2 cups (500 ml) distilled water
1 1/2 (25 ml) tbsp dried soapwort root
2 drops lavender essential oil

Bring water to a boil, add chopped soapwort and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, let steep until cool.  Strain through muslin cloth, keeping the liquid.  Add lavender oil and store in a cool dry place.  Makes enough for 6-7 shampoos.  This has a shelf life of only 7-10 days so only make small amounts as needed.  This will be watery, not thick and sudsy like regular shampoo.  Just work it through hair and rinse well.  Soapwort contains saponins which is similar to soap and lathers when agitated.    Optional:  You can also add 2 teaspoons of catnip (during the steeping process) which promotes healthy hair growth.

Epsom Salts
Foot Soak Dissolve a half cup (125 ml) of this mineral into two quarts of very warm water. Pour the water into a foot-soaking pan and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes.  Rinse with clean tap water.

Skin Exfoliator Gently massage it across damp skin. Keep it away from your eyes, nose and mouth.  Rinse with clean tap water.

Face Exfoliator Improve the face cleaner you currently 
use by adding a little Epsom Salt to a dollop of it. Gently massage the mixture across your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck.  Rinse with cool tap water and pat dry.

Body Soak/Stress Reducer Pour in a couple cups of Epsom Salt into your bath.  Magnesium sulfate is a natural muscle relaxer. It also helps draw toxins from the skin to improve your health.

Hair Cleanser and Clarifier If you use a lot of hair products, your hair can suffer from a buildup. Use Epsom Salt to improve the health of your hair.  You'll need 1/4 cup (60 ml) of pure lemon juice, 1/4 (60 ml) cup of Epsom Salt, and one quart (1 L) of non-chlorinated water (rain water works best). Mix the ingredients together and use it prior to washing your hair. Pour Epsom Salt solution onto your hair, making sure to get all your hair from the roots to the ends. Leave the solution sit for fifteen minutes then wash your hair as normal.

Baking Soda
Shampoo Replacement Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.  Wet hair, pour baking soda mixture over hair and work through.  Rinse well.  

Toothpaste Replacement Put a little bit of baking soda in the palm of your hand, wet your toothbrush, dip into baking soda and brush as normal.  Whitens and cleans beautifully.

Skin Exfoliator Baking soda makes a great skin exfoliator.  Wash your face, then apply a soft paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water.  Massage gently with a circular motion, avoiding the eye area; rinse clean. 

Deodorant For those who tend to have sensitivity towards regular deodorants, try baking soda instead.  Just dust it under your arms after your shower to help neutralize body odour.
Savings Calculator 

With Disposables You’re Literally 
Throwing Your Money Away !
Cloth pads pay for themselves in just 1-2 years from the cost of disposables and last up to 10 years, which means you get 8-9 years of cost free menstrual protection every 10 years.  Everyone's disposable cost per month is different, as well as everyone's cloth pad stash varies greatly in styles and cost, so the formula to the right is designed to help you calculate your personal savings.  New Moon Pads cloth pad life expectancy is approximately 10 years under normal use in a regular pad rotation using an estimated pad stash of 20 to 25 pads.  (My personal stash lasts even longer as I like to add a new pads to my stash every so often just because my tastes change and I like to spice things up with new prints.)  Switching to cloth can save thousands in dollars AND disposables from the landfill.  Plus, save gas and time when you shop online from the comfort of your home.

1 New Moon Pad = 150 to 200 disposable pads!


Today’s cloth pads are nowhere near what their basic cloth cousins were way back when.  With high quality, high absorbency, breathable, leak resistant fabrics they are far more comfortable, functional and appealing.  New Moon Pads  all-in-one pads quickly and conveniently snap into place (or just lay in and go if using wingless).  Using cloth means you always have protection on hand, no more running to the store  at the last minute because you’ve run out of disposables...and laundering care couldn’t be easier. 

Health Info
The Difference Cloth Can Make
Using cloth pads can potentially decrease your flow, period discomfort and risk of yeast infections. Most women report that switching to cloth has made most or all of these changes in their monthly cycle. It only makes sense. Cloth has none of the chemical laden properties that disposables have and cloth pads “breathe” to keep you cool and comfortable. It’s ironic that disposable manufacturers call their pads “sanitary pads” when there’s nothing sanitary about them. There’s no actual product sterilization and they’re loaded with dioxins from the bleaching process used in their manufacture. Dioxins, the side-effect of chlorine bleaching, are known carcinogens and resistant to biological breakdown.

Did You Know?
A woman is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have! The number of eggs depends upon age. The highest number is actually found before birth. Here's how it happens: A 20-week-old female fetus (still in her mother's uterus) has approximately 7 million eggs.  At birth the number decreases to about 2 million.  By the time she enters puberty she will have between 300,000 and 500,000 eggs. Only between 400 and 500 will ripen into mature eggs during her life.

Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome has been associated with the use of tampons.  If you currently use tampons, be sure to read the information leaflet included in the box you purchased. 

Clinical Features Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is characterized by sudden onset of fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and rash. It can rapidly progress to severe and intractable hypotension and multisystem dysfunction. Desquamation, particularly on the palms and soles can occur 1-2 weeks after onset of the illness.

Etiologic Agent Usually exotoxin producing strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium.

Incidence In the United States, annual incidence is 1-2/100,000 women 15-44 years of age (last active surveillance done in 1987).

Sequelae 5% of all cases are fatal.

Transmission S. aureus commonly colonizes skin and mucous membranes in humans. TSS has been associated with use of tampons and intravaginal contraceptive devices in women and occurs as a complication of skin abscesses or surgery.

Risk Groups Menstruating women, women using barrier contraceptive devices, persons who have undergone nasal surgery, and persons with postoperative staphylococcal wound infections.

Content source: Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CDC)/Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.

Unbelievably sad...and so preventable.
We need to educate our young women on the alternatives to dangerous disposable products.

WARNING:  For women still using tampons, PLEASE always check them prior to use.  Instances of moldy tampons are currently being reported.

Female Ecology Notes
Stats And Facts
U.S. women landfill or incinerate 11.3 billion "disposable" menstrual products per year.

It takes approximately 500 years for one "disposable" menstrual pad to partially biodegrade.

"Disposable" menstrual product manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients.  Nail polish and shampoo manufacturers are.

Slim "maxi" paper products are impregnated with synthetic gelling crystals to increase absorbency.  Their safety has been hotly debated in baby diapers but overlooked in "disposable" menstrual products.

Women are absent in upper management of Fortune 500 companies that manufacture "disposable" menstrual products.

An individual woman throws away between 10,000 and 15,000 paper pads or tampons in her lifetime.

The primary target markets of Fortune 500 companies are adolescent girls and underdeveloped countries like Eastern Europe, Soviet Union and the Pacific Rim.

In the U.S., menstrual pads are considered "medical devices".

"Disposable" menstrual products are not sterilized.

Chlorine bleaching of paper pulp results in 400-700 million pounds of toxins being dumped into U.S. waterways.

Dioxins, the side-effect of chlorine bleaching, are suspected carcinogens and resistant to biological breakdown.

Dioxins have been documented to impair liver function and depress human immune systems.

The ozone is thinned by the CFC's that are produced in the manufacturing processes that utilize chlorine - plastics, paints, dyes, bleaching agents, cleaning solvents, aerosols, deodorants, refrigerants, and wood preservatives.

Chlorine was the noxious substance used to suffocate soldiers during the First World War.

French nurses experimented with the first "disposable" menstrual products from cellulose surgical gauze during the First World War.

Trout store dioxins up to 86,000 times more than the water they find themselves in.  We eat these fish!

Humans are harboring increasing levels of dioxin in their fatty tissues and breast milk.  (Ed. notes: Formula also has high dioxin levels, so this is not a reason not to breastfeed)

An estimated two million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die annually from swallowing plastics including tampon applicators.

Call the 1-800 number on "disposable" menstrual products and all white paper products and insist on products that have not been bleached at any stage of production with any chlorine.

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