- How to Use
Pioneer change with ApiAfrique's reusable sanitary pads.....
Buying these reusable pads you are directly supporting the work of ApiAfrique-an innovative social enterprise dedicated to the emancipation of women.
These nighttime sanitary pads are reusable, long-lasting, highly absorbent, comfortable, breathable, easy to use, easy to wash and made from good quality materials.
ApiAfrique's reusable sanitary night pads are made from organic cotton velvet (GOTS certified) and waterproof fabric (Oeko-Tex certified). In between these two layers is a super absorbent double layer of organic cotton fleece. Longer and wider than the other pads, the night pad with it's double absorbent layer is perfect for heavy flows or during the night.
The wings are made with African wax print fabrics for a unique “funky touch” to cheer you up on these days when you need it most.
ApiAfrique's reusable sanitary pads are certified waterproof yet lovely, soft and comfortable at the same time. Freedom and comfort with no irritation.
Machine washable at 40 degrees or hand wash. Occasional machine wash at 60 degrees.
Switching to Reusables? See our Impact facts to see how you will be doing your bit to save the planet!
Available in four sizes: Thong Liner, Panty Liner, Day Pad and Night Pad.
If you are doing a full switch to reusables ApiAfrique recommends purchasing 2 panty liners, 6 day pads and 2 night pads which will cover you for light, medium and heavy flow for all the days of your period.
Or try one of our multi packs to get you started.
Your initial outlay on full switch to high quality ApiAfrique reusable sanitary pads is typically recouped within the first 8 months. They are long-lasting, durable and reusable 400 times so they will last up to 5 years, depending on flow. If you want to give it a go with a multipack, then in just over two months you will be saving money (and the planet).
Available in different colours with different designs on the wings.
Reusable Sanitary Day Pad
Discreet and absorbent, the day pad, like a regular disposable pad, is used for medium flow.
It fits discreetly and securely in underwear with the use of strong but inobtrusive poppers.
Using the pad could not be simpler:
Simply unsnap the poppers, place the pad in your pants velvet cotton side up, wrap the wings to the underside of your pants and snap the poppers to secure in place.
When changing your pad simply unsnap the poppers and fold the pad within itself and use the poppers to secure.
We recommend use of ApiAfrique's carefully designed 2 compartment, 100% waterproof 'wet bag'. Store your used pads in one compartment, and new pads in the other. Perfect while out and about.
Change your pad every 3 to 4 hours depending on your flow, just as you would with a disposable pad.
The positive impact you will have by switching to reusables cannot be underestimated.
Here are some facts for you:
How Many: One individual uses 11,000 disposable period products in their lifetime.
In Just the UK: 4.6MM period products flushed down the toilet every day.
Packaging: Tampons, pads and pantyliners along with packaging generates more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Plastic: Including the packaging up to 90% of the tampon or pad is plastic
Decomposition: Takes 500 years to biodegrade.
Our Oceans: On UK beaches on average one product washed ashore every 6 metres. We can but imagine how much is left in the sea.
Damaging life-cycle: Cotton production (water, pesticides and insecticides); plastic; chemicals (50+) including dioxin, chlorine and rayon.
Side Effects: It is well documented the issues that many have. Pads and liners and tampons don’t breathe which can cause rashes, undesirable odours, and even toxic shock syndrome.
Chemicals: Harmful to environment as they leech out of landfill and get into groundwater and air.
ApiAfrique is a Senegalese social enterprise, which offers innovative and environmentally friendly hygiene solutions.
Promoting sustainable solutions which contribute to the emancipation of women, the reduction of waste, the fight against exclusion and the creation of jobs. Disseminating practices and products that respect nature and people , through long-lasting and job-creating activities.