GladRags are made by women, for women. Safe, Simple, Smart, Period! Inspired by the simple utility, earth-friendliness, and comfort of cloth diapers, GladRags was founded in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. It began as a home-based business that quickly outgrew the extra bedroom and moved to its own building. Today, GladRags is still a small company but with a big presence, promoting positive attitudes toward menstruation and making the environment a safer, cleaner place.
GladRags offers three core products. The first is the GladRags Pantyliner is great for light days or those days when you're not sure if your period might come. The GladRags Pantyliner snaps around your underwear just like the wings of a disposable pantyliner. The only difference is that they're much more comfortable! GladRags Day Pads are perfect for day use and consist of a holder and two inserts. Depending on your flow, you can use one or both of the inserts. The GladRags Day Pad with both inserts is the equivalent of an average disposable maxi pad. You can even add a third insert and make it a super maxi, or use just the holder as an ultra-thin pantyliner. GladRags Night Pads provide added protection while you're sleeping. The night pads consist of a holder and two inserts; both the inserts and the long holder are lined with absorbent terry cloth. The GladRags Night Pad with two inserts acts the equivalent of a super or overnight disposable maxi pad.
GladRags are designed to last five years. But we know some women who still have the pads the bought early in our business that started in 1993. That's a long time! Using a product one time is not enough. Think of all the tampons and pads you use each time you menstruate and then think about how many times you will menstruate in your lifetime. If you menstruate 340 times in your lifetime, using 20 disposables per period, that amounts to 6800 pads or tampons thrown away. Now consider all the women using disposables in the world. If 500 million women use disposables throughout their lifetime, that's 3.4 trillion pads or tampons thrown away! Not only is landfill space taken up, but these materials cannot be reused and are no longer part of the resources available to us.
Here at GladRags, we're in the business of reducing our negative environmental impact on the Earth. We don't just limit our eco-friendly mission to the products we sell: our commitment to sustainability is integrated into every aspect of how we do business.