Benefits of reusable vs disposable products
There are environmental concerns with absorbent diapers, napkins and pads for incontinence, all of which are designed to be disposed once soiled. The same goes for operating room drapes and surgical gowns which becomes medical wastes after disposal and must therefore be treated accordingly. Canadians throw away 1.7 billion disposable diapers every year. This accounts for about 2.5% of residential waste sent to landfill sites. Canada consumes 65,000 tons of pulp, 8,800 tons of plastic and 9,800 tons of packaging material according to Environment Canada. Reusable products are therefore much more environmentally friendly since these products will not innudate landfill sites like sanitary napkins. The increase in world population and life expectancy contributes significantly to the pressure on the environment. As a result, sales of absorbent and reusable underwear have risen dramatically in the adult incontinence market as have the use of medical textiles which can be washed, sterilized and reused.
Fortunately, due to new innovations in the textile industry, absorbent undergarments that feel and look like regular underwear, are now readily available. They not only provide adequate protection but offer extreme laundering durability. Moreover, there is also a growing trend in odour control products (Antimicorbiologic textiles). Some of these garments/products, such as Releaf are virtually indistinguishable from normal garments/products in comfort, wearability, durability, style, and remain discreetly inconspicuous.
For light incontinence or menstrual flow, Releaf offers savings and benefits for the environment without compromising comfort and protection.