My menstrual care routine could use some work in the sustainability department. I have switched to organic tampons with plant-based applicators, but by the end of my short menstrual cycle, my bathroom trash can is fuller than it should be. That was what inspired me to add Rael Reusable Liners ($ 40 for a five-pack) to my shopping cart.
The recyclable liners are made from two layers of breathable organic cotton and a waterproof layer, and they work like a disposable liner – except of course you wash Rael liners between each use instead of throwing them in the trash. While most disposable liners have an adhesive adhesive bottom or wings that apply to your underwear, Rael liners have fabric wings that click together on the outside of your underwear.
Since I prefer to wear tampons during the day, I decided to try the Rael liners while I slept. I also don’t bleed much overnight, so using a tampon tends to feel even more wasteful. It is worth noting that Rael liners are specially made for a light menstrual flow or discharge, but the brand also offers disposable pillows for a heavier flow.
Just before I went to bed the first night of my period, I followed the instructions to attach the lining to my underwear. Rael liner was much lighter and thinner than expected and was far less noticeable than even my ultra-thin disposable liners. I pretty much felt like my underwear had a little bit of padding built inside it.
I was not so nervous about bleeding through the liner, but I was worried that the liner moved around or went together while I slept. When I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, I noticed that the lining had not hit and had absorbed any blood, even though it did not feel damp or uncomfortable at all. By morning, the liner had still stopped in terms of placement and absorption.
Following the brand’s instructions, I loosened the liner, soaked it in water to minimize staining, and then threw it in the clothes. I continued to use liners at night during my cycle and my experience was just as positive.
I really have nothing negative to say about my experience using liners during my period. My biggest criticism would be the price tag of $ 40. However, it is for a box of five liners and each liner can be worn up to 120 times. Another obvious drawback is that it will not be as convenient to change it during the day as a disposable liner, especially if you were not at home – the brand recommends changing liners as needed and at least once a day. A person with a heavier flow may be happier with the brand’s recyclable pads that provide more protection.
I honestly never thought I would be happy with a recyclable menstrual product, but after this experience, I am more willing to try other sustainable options. Next time? A menstrual cup.