When I was in the 10th grade, I made an Odd-Couple type of friend. She shopped exclusively designer and aspired to be the first female president. Once, we compared the cost of our outfits.
Hers: easily over $1000. Between her Prada and Victoria's Secret accessories, her $80 jeans, and $100 sunglasses, she was rocking a month's salary (for me, at least).
Mine: $5. I wear free and thrift clothing, nearly exclusively. Yes, I buy new underwear. Other than that, my motto is: why buy new when thrift is so awesome?
Disposable pads, like disposable diapers, are a consistent source of waste - for me, it's 12-16 pads a month, or about 170 pads to the landfill each year. That amount of consistent waste, as a lifestyle, is not okay
with me. By crafting my own re-usable pads out of thrifted materials, I'm able to reduce my waste by about 3.5 pounds of cotton, plastic, and cardboard a year, thus saving trees & other precious resources, and re-purpose materials already in the consumer cycle. Oh, and it's cheaper than buying pads! So, thanks to instructions in Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World
, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knudsen, I made myself a set of re-usable cloth pads.
Cloth pads have been on my to-do list for a while now. I'm easily caught up in small, daily projects, like sprouting and making yogurt cheese - it was time to take more of a