The other day a reader wrote me anonymously asking if there were any green solutions to the normal leakage that occurs with getting older.
Our society is just full of “taboos,” right? I received many emails from women thanking me for bringing up the idea of greening our menstrual cycles. It’s a shame to me that we don’t talk about these things more readily – especially since they are so much a regular, normal part of our lives! So I encourage you all to be a little more forthcoming about it, a little more willing and ready to discuss it, a little more ok with the fact that we are women and this is what our bodies do and that is just normal!
And to our lovely male readers – maybe you can help us all be ok with these normal parts of our lives, too?
I would say the same is true for incontinence. It’s an embarrassing part of growing older and wiser, but it is a normal part. Our muscles change over time – and that is that. I want to anonymously thank the reader who asked me to write about this – it was brave, and it was just right on – thank you. I know you’re not alone in looking for these solutions!
So… Here’s the thing: I’m not there yet, so I don’t know personally. However, I did do some research. Here’s what I found…
Green Solutions to Incontinence
- Lunapad – I asked Morgan, who so graciously offered the Lunapad Giveway. Here was her response: “Cloth pads and pantyliners are a great eco-friendly solution. We have quite a few customers who use our products for just such purposes. Here are our recommendations.”
- Moon Pads – In addition to their cotton pads, Moon Pads have a line of waterproof pads that they recommend for incontinence here.
- Sckoon Organic Underwear – Sckoon has a line of Organic Cotton Reusable Urinary Stress Incontinence Underwear, where the liner is built into the product. Check them out here – they look like a pretty light-weight solution, if you just need a little safety mechanism. (They’re also available on Amazon, if you prefer shopping there.)
- HealthDri Cotton Panties – Available for men and women, there are several styles to choose from here. They vary from light volume to much heavier volume.
- NatraCare Organic Cotton Pads – These incontinence pads are not reusable, but they are organic cotton and available in most natural foods stores. I imagine they are much more comfortable and comforting than Depends.
- Nighttime Pants – If you need more protection in the evenings, I found these washable bedtime pants that are quite discreet.
- Bedding – You can find small bed pads at almost any department store, which you can just slip beneath your sheet. I won’t list them all here, as there are so many good options I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding them in the bedding and nursing sections of a local store.
- Other Resources for Panties, Pants and Pads – While I don’t know these companies, I found several online that have quite a lot of options: P&S Healthcare, Metro Medical, and LL Medico. Each of these has a variety of styles, several of which are quite beautiful looking.
What About You?
Please let me know if you have tried any of these, or if you know of other good solutions. If you’re shy to write a comment, please feel free to send me an email instead. Or, in this special case, feel free to comment as “Anonymous”!
And younger ladies, feel free to share these tips with your mom!