Zero Waste Periods with HighOh Reusable Pads: A Review

Using HighOh reusable pads is your ticket to a zero-waste period. They’re fleecy pads made out of bamboo and charcoal fabric that you only have to buy once and then use over and over. But let’s back up a minute and chat about why reusable period products are the marvelous inventions that they are.

Disclaimer: I was gifted this product in exchange for sharing my honest opinion with you all. What follows is my honest opinion.

Why Reusable Period Products?

Like lots of other eco-friendly choices, the choice to use reusable pads isn’t really something that’s talked about, and it seems not very common if you pay attention to advertising or default practices. But once you do a little digging or chat with some like-minded friends, switching from disposable period products to reusable ones is an easy choice. For me, there are two main reasons why using reusable pads is a great idea: the amount of money you save and the amount of waste you avoid making.

Save Money

We all know that tampons and pads can add up to be a burden for your finances, especially with the nonsensical tampon tax. So let’s take a look at just how much you can save with reusable pads.

The HighOh period starter kit costs $29.99 for 6 pads. If you were to spend that same $30 on a pack of regular pads, that will get you around 24 pads. So if you were to use 6 pads per period, the pack would last you four months. After those four months, you’d be spending another $30 for another pack, spending $90 for the year. That means that, in this situation, you’d save $60 per year by buying the HighOh pads once.

Once you multiply that year after year after year the money really starts adding up. If you decide to buy more eco-friendly pads that won’t irritate your skin (like the HighOh pads), the cost savings are even more noticeable! Plus, you’ll never be caught unprepared by not having pads on hand, you only need to buy the HighOh pads once and they’ll last for years and years.

Zero-Waste Period

Another big motivation for me to use reusable period products is eliminating some of the waste I produce. The average person who has a period uses about 11,000 pads, tampons, etc. in their lifetime. Now, tampons are not horrible, they only take about 6 months to decompose. But the applicator and pads will take hundreds of years since they’re made of plastic. That means that every plastic period product you’ve ever used is still in a landfill somewhere and will be there long after you leave this earth.

I think at this point, we all know just how harmful it is to keep piling up plastic waste in landfills or in the oceans. Plus the added carbon emissions to keep producing disposable pads and tampons is not helping at all with fighting the climate crisis. And I know, fighting climate change can feel insurmountable and requires huge changes to the way we live as individuals and as a society. But honestly, this is something super simple and easy which will have a big impact on the waste and emissions you produce. It’s totally worth it in my opinion.

My Experience

HighOh reusable pads are not my first foray into reusable period products. For years now I’ve used a menstrual cup which I really like but I still always need a backup (I’ve had a couple of emergencies which I never want to repeat). I got some period underwear but those are quite pricey so I was still using disposable liners for a few days every period.

So I was excited to see that for the same price (or less) as one pair of period underwear, I could get a whole set of 6 reusable pads. I have now completely eliminated any disposable period products and am super happy to be saving money and the planet.

Why HighOh?

So there are lots and lots of resuable pads out there, why get HighOh reusable pads? There are a couple reasons why I like them:

One is the fabric. They are made of a bamboo and charcoal fabric so it is a plant-based sustainable fabric (bamboo is a renewable resource since it grows so quickly). It obviously goes through a chemical process to get the fleecy texture but ultimately, they’re made from plants. Plus, the bamboo is soft and breathable and the charcoal helps keeps odors at bay.

Another reason I’m a fan is the ease of use. They snap together on the outside of your underwear and don’t move around too much. If you’re storing them or traveling with them or throwing them in your purse just in case, you can fold them up small with the fabric part on the inside so that it stays nice and clean. Also, the set comes with a waterproof bag which you can bring with you while traveling or use at home if you don’t want to do the laundry right away.

Speaking of laundry, these pads are really simple to clean, just throw them in the wash with the rest of your clothes (I always use a cold water wash) and you’re done. Before you ask, no, the rest of your clothes will not get all bloody but if you’re really worried you can give them a quick rinse beforehand.

So up until now I’ve been talking about the HighOh period starter kit which replaces a normal medium-flow pad. But what about heavy days or overnights? Well they also have a set of 4 heavy-flow pads that are extra long for using at night. I know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night worried about whether or not you’ve leaked through your pad and it is never a fun time. Sleep is so valuable, it’s totally worth it to make sure our period isn’t taking it away from us.

Where can I get some?

Ok ok, so you’re sold on a zero-waste period. Now, where can you grab some for yourself? Well you’ve got a couple of options. There’s the always convenient Amazon where you can find their regular Period Starter Kit of 6 or the Long Heavy-flow 4-Pack. There are also multi packs which you can find on their seller product page.

If you prefer to not support the Amazon giant, you can also find them on Etsy or check out their own website.

Let me know if you end up trying them out! Or if you have any other questions before taking the plunge. I’d love to keep the conversation going about how we can be more period positive and sustainable at the same time – leave a comment below!

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Using HighOh reusable pads are your ticket to a zero-waste period. They're fleecy pads made out of bamboo and charcoal fabric that you only have to buy once and can then use over and over.

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