We know that the cost of incontinence products can really add up. The NHS estimates that it spends around £80 million per year on incontinence product costs*, and while your bills are unlikely to be anything like this, we are sure that you may be interested in reducing the cost of your incontinence products.
You may have tried shopping around to get the best deals, perhaps taking advantage of discounts or money-off subscriptions to reduce your expenditure – but there is another way in which you can save money and benefit the environment.
The solution is, of course, to use more washable products.
The quality of washable incontinence products has changed dramatically in recent years – and we’re seeing a significant resurgence in the use of washable nappies as well as the welcome introduction of washable feminine hygiene products – so why not washable incontinence products too?
Washable incontinence pants, for example, now look and feel far more like ‘normal’ underwear and they are reassuringly comfortable. Arelle’s washable pants are made in the UK using a fine cotton and lycra material with high quality elastic and trimmings. They are discreet and dignified – and suitable for managing the light incontinence you may experience when you cough, sneeze, laugh, run, or exercise.
Washable pants can be machine or hand-washed, and tumble-dried. (Their performance actually improves after a few washes!) Compared to the regular use of disposable incontinence pants, washable pants will ‘pay for themselves’ in a short time and will greatly reduce the waste you experience with disposable products.
Washable seat pads and bed pads, along with washable mattress covers and other bedding, are another cost-effective, discreet and comfortable option. If you have an on-going condition, you will find these are a much cheaper alternative to disposables – as with pants, you just need to make sure you have enough in stock to rotate their use. It’s why we sell so many of our washable products in packs of three – one in use, one in the wash and one ready.
Of course apart from reducing the cost of your incontinence products, you will be avoiding sending your used products to landfill – and it’s estimated 90% of disposable incontinence products end up here. Nearly all incontinence products contain plastic, some of which can take hundreds of years to decompose – unless they are incinerated, which in turn causes air pollution. With the spotlight on global warming, climate change and the pollution of our planet – even making a few changes to the products you use can make all the difference.
And while we recognise washable continence products may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with a heavy flow due to the possible insufficient capacity of fabric to absorb large amounts of urine – if you suffer from a light to moderate flow, it’s certainly worth trying.
Need some advice? Give us a call on 0800 389 3597. We’d be delighted to help.