Let's talk about cloth pad absorbency! Have you ever wondered what is hidden inside Tree Hugger Cloth Pads that makes them up for the challenge of taking on your period? Well let's show you!
Pantyliners are designed for every day kind of wear for daily discharge or for those many days while you await your period and don't want to be surprised. Since the job of a pantyliner is to protect your underwear and keep things fresh we try to keep them as thin as possible so that they can do their job and you can forget they are there. Inside our pantyliners is just 1 thin layer of cotton flannel. That's it! Add to that the top fabric of either minky (the softest), bamboo (the most natural) or cotton (the thinnest) and a backing of water-resistant fleece and that is all we need for pantyliner protection.
Light Flow Day Pads are more comparable to a store bought disposable pads made for your period. They are longer than our pantyliners and hidden inside is a thirsty layer of a fabric called Zorb instead of flannel. Zorb is manufactured for the cloth diaper industry so it is all about absorption! Zorb soaks up 20 times faster than other material and absorbs 10 times its' weight in under 2 seconds. One layer of Zorb is all we need for our light flow day pads.
Heavy Flow Day Pads are thicker but that's because they have twice the absorbency as our light flow day pads! That's 2 thirsty layers of Zorb!
Night/Postpartum Pads have the same heavy flow requirements so we once again sew in 2 layers of Zorb but our night pads are longer and wider so they can hold even more and have better coverage. *We do also sometimes offer Light Flow Night Pads and in this case, it would be 1 layer but our standard night pads all have 2 layers inside.
This is the size difference between the inner core of our pantyliners, day pads and night pads: