Venture Light Days is the newest addition to our cloth pad line. If you are a fan of our regular Venture Cloth Pads, this "light" version may become another favorite - especially with the addition of colorful prints!
These pads were created for those looking for a fully waterproof, thin pad best suited for in-between days, light to medium menstrual flow or stress incontinence with loss up to 1oz. This would be a great teen starter pad/pantyliner as well!
Similar to our Heavenly Cloth Pads, organic hemp fleece is the backbone of our Venture Pad line.. Organic hemp fleece is soft, extremely absorbent, breathable, and will move with you due to the stretch of the fabric. Hemp is a wonderful fabric for those with chemical sensitivities for two reasons. First, hemp grows well without herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides and is considered an organic plant. Second, from field to fabric, hemp is "finished" using eco-friendly processes leaving no toxic chemical residue in the fabric. Additionally hemp is naturally antimicrobial, anti-fungal and resistant to mildew.
What sets our Venture Pad line apart from our Heavenly Cloth Pads is that they are a true AIO (all in one) pad with a highly absorbent two layer exposed core sewn on top of body of this pad.
The exposed core consists of a top layer of hemp fleece and an under layer of Zorb. Zorb contains only tangled cellulose fibers from bamboo/cotton/viscose and poly micro fiber, These fibers are non-allergenic, durable and easy to sanitize. Zorb can trap moisture & absorb 10x its weight in moisture in half a second; 20x faster than cotton, bamboo or hemp knits. With Zorb placed directly under the top layer of hemp fleece, it acts as both a trapper and director for fluid.
Fabrics such as cotton, hemp,or bamboo alone will absorb moisture extremely well in their own right, but the liquid will eventually migrate in all directions as the fabric becomes more and more saturated. The more migration, the more liquid comes into contact with your skin in areas you'd prefer it did not. Worst case scenario, the pad can eventually leak - usually from the wings. However, with the addition of Zorb directly under the top layer, fluids are immediately trapped into the core and directed down into the middle of the pad. Rather than spreading out toward the winged areas, fluid will collect at the center and spread toward the front or back of the pad keeping you cleaner and drier.
Our exposed core is contoured for comfort and stability. This design helps immensely in keeping the pad exactly where you placed it. It resists bunching up. The front and back of the core "step down" into the body of the pad so you won't feel like you are sitting on a plank on either end.
Under the core fabrics, you find a medium weight flannel body layer. This is the main difference between Venture and Venture Light Days. The flannel body makes a much thinner pad.
Print flannel fabrics are not organic, however, a neutral organic flannel is available. Under the flannel is a layer of ProSoft ProECO PUL that covers the entire pad wing to wing and front to back for total protection. This PUL has been laminated to an organic cotton jersey knit. The organic jersey knit side of this special PUL is the layer you will feel as the backing to this pad. This is a breathable, waterproof, American-made, environmentally safe PUL that is extremely durable. It is able to remain waterproof even after 300+ hot washes. This PUL is soft and stretchy making it a good match to our Venture Pads.
Pads are sold with nylon snaps applied.. Each pad has two width adjustments. Cloth pads are best worn with form fitting underwear. When worn correctly, the pad lays in, you fold over the wings and snap it closed. If your underwear do not fit properly, your pad may still shift
Venture Light Days are offered in a 9" length only.
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Care and Washing
All materials are pre-washed before sewing to ensure that most shrinking is done.
You may wash and dry your pads in your washer and dryer on any setting.
Before use, your pads will need to be conditioned through multiple wash and dry cycles. Due to its strength, hemp fabrics need more conditioning than plain cottons, flannels, and most other fabrics used for cloth pads today. Don't be tempted to "baby" your new pads. Hemp requires a vigorous break-in. We recommend you wash and dry at least five times on hot settings with vigorous agitation before you begin trying them out. Throwing them in with the white load will help break the fabric in much faster than washing them alone. Hand washing will NOT condition your pads so we do not recommend this when your pads are "new." Hand washing after your pad has reached maximum absorbency is fine. Line drying, however, will render a very stiff pad so drying in a dryer is still recommended. You can test your pads for absorbency by pouring a small amount of liquid on the top of the pad. If the liquid soaks in immediately, the pad is ready for use. If the liquid sits on top of the pad for a few seconds, the pad needs more conditioning. Hemp tends to reach it's peak around the 10th washing so keep this in mind when making a final determination if the pad is working for your needs.
Our customers generally put their soiled pads into a container separate from their usual laundry. When they were ready to wash, they ran the pads through a rinse cycle first, then washed like their white loads. Do not use fabric softener nor dryer sheets as they will coat your pads and interfere with absorbency. As far as laundry soaps go, we've tried eco-friendly soaps, handmade borax type soaps, and many name brand soaps and found none adversely affected the pads. So our soap recommendation is going to be whatever your personal choice is. The only thing we do not recommend is bleach. If staining is an issue, sunning the pads works wonders. Over the years, we've had zero complaints about "stinky hemp" and we believe this is doe to the more open construction of these pads allowing them to be fully agitated and cleaned well.
For storage of soiled pads while on the go, our customers found a Zip Lock to be perfect. You may also consider a wet bag option.
How Many Do You Need?
This depends on your personal cycle and how often you want to wash. Figure out an average number of pads you use per day and the how many days you want to go before washing. So if you use six pads a day and want to wash every three days, you would need 18 pads. Another thing to consider is the more pads you have in rotation, the longer the pads will last.