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2018/42/1 Reusable menstrual pads (6), packaging and ephemera, cotton / cardboard / TPU, designed and made by hannahpad, South Korea, 2017. Click to enlarge.

‘hannahpad’ reusable menstrual pads

Designed in South Korea, Asia, 2017.
The hannahpad is a washable, reusable menstrual pad intended to be used as an alternative to disposable products. The hannahpad comprises a washable cotton inner lining and a waterproof outer lining. It is designed to clip around the crotch of the wearer's underwear using recyclable snap fasteners and absorb menstrual blood. After use, the pad can be removed, machine washed and reused. The pad's reusable nature makes it an economical and environmentally sustainable product.

Youngmin Jang created the first prototypes for the hannahpad in 2005 while studying at university. Mr. Jang was inspired to create the pad to address the health concerns of his peers. Increased awareness about the impact of disposable products on the environment also played a significant role in the demand for reusable pads. In the decade following its 2005 launch, the brand expanded internationally into countries including Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, Japan, South Africa, France, the Philippines and Singapore.

The hannahpad represents a progressive approach to menstrual health products that strives to address environmental issues associated with single-use sanitary items.

Elizabeth Doepel, Curatorial Intern, November 2017
Supervised by Tilly Boleyn, Curator


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Object Statement

Reusable menstrual pads (6), packaging and ephemera, cotton / cardboard / TPU, designed and made by hannahpad, South Korea, 2017

Physical Description

'hannahpad' reusable menstrual pads are designed to clip on to the wearer's underwear using press studs, acting as an alternative to disposable menstrual pads. They are made from washable organic cotton with a waterproof outer lining. The pads come in six sizes: pantyliner, small, medium, overnight, ultra and super ultra.

'hannahpad' menstrual pads retail in recyclable cardboard packaging with paper ephemera indicating how to wash and care for the product.



South Korea, Asia 2017


South Korea, Asia 2017


hannahpad menstrual pads are designed and made in South Korea.The pads are individually hand sewn from unbleached cotton.



'hannahpad' creator Mr. Youngmin Jang was inspired by his female friends to create a natural alternative to disposable menstrual products. Mr. Jang believes that natural menstrual products minimise the risk of harm to a woman's reproductive organs. This is of particular concern to women in South Korea, where the declining birth rate is a significant issue.

BBC News Asia, 'South Korea birthrate plunges to record low',, 30 July 2017. Accessed 2 March 2018.


Credit Line

Gift of hannahpad, 2017

Acquisition Date

26 July 2018

Cite this Object


'hannahpad' reusable menstrual pads 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 May 2020, <>


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