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