How Fig Tree Pads are Constructed

How Fig Tree Pads are Constructed

zorb cloth pads

Fig Tree Pads are Made with three layers: a topper fabric, Zorb Core, and Waterproof Zorb backer. All materials are of the highest quality and are eco-friendly. What does that mean? They are good for you and the planet! 

The TOP LAYER sits against your skin and there are 4 fabrics to choose from:

1. Minky
- A super soft, 100% polyester material often used in baby blankets, feels silky against your skin, and is stain-resistant.

stain resistant menstrual cloth pads

WHY CHOOSE IT? 0% chance of staining, it is soft and comfortable and will keep you dry while it wicks moisture away from your body (doesn't make you sweat). Made with non-toxic water-based pigments and responsibly sourced fabrics. 

2. Stay Dry Lycra- 88% polyester/12% Sport Lycra®-- smooth moisture-wicking finish that keeps you dry and cool (think workout clothes, swimsuits, leggings, etc.).

Reusable eco-conscious cloth pads

WHY CHOOSE IT? It’s all in the name! This material will keep you cool and dry, you may even forget you’re wearing it! Made with non-toxic, water-based pigments and responsibly sourced fabrics.


3. Organic Cotton Velour- 95% Organic cotton, and 5% Polyester (backing). Highly absorbent as well as moisture-wicking! 

Organic eco-friendly cloth pads

WHY CHOOSE IT? If you’re looking for an organic option, in a natural material- this is a fantastic fabric. It is the thickest, most plush fabric we offer. It is manufactured with eco-friendly dyes that DON’T produce harmful chemicals or environmental pollution, are non-carcinogenic and free from toxins.

4. Zorb® 3D Stay Dry Dimple Silver Fabric          

This is an incredibly absorbent, and quick-wicking fabric! The Zorb Silver is sandwiched between 2 layers of polyester. Zorb Silver contains SILVADUR antimicrobial (silver ions), which has been tested to be safe for the skin, is durable, controls odor, and behaves like an antiperspirant for your fabric. It is “free of harmful chemicals, PFOS, PFOA, lead, dioxins, heavy metals, BPA, and phthalates.” It is also “eco-friendly, antimicrobial, free of nanoparticles, hypo-allergenic, and child safe.”

Waterproof menstrual pads

WHY CHOOSE IT? If you have an EXTRA heavy flow, more bladder leaks, are post-partum, or want something SUPER absorbent at night, this is the fabric to choose. Its special dimples and “Thirsty Zorb” fibers retain moisture, distribute it more evenly, and the stay-dry layers wick moisture from your skin. 


Original Undyed Zorb® Silver- This American-made material is a blend of 28% cotton, 26% Tencel, 23% bamboo viscose, 13% polyester, 10% nylon. It is free of harmful chemicals, PFOS, PFOA, lead, dioxins, heavy metals, BPA, phthalates, is hypo-allergenic, and eco-friendly. Zorb® Silver has SILVADUR® (silver ions) to make it antimicrobial so that it inhibits bacterial, fungi, and algae growth, which in turn controls odors. Note: Fig Tree Panty LINERS do NOT have this soaker layer.

zorb reusable cloth incontinence and menstrural pads

WHY DO WE USE IT? Zorb® can absorb up to 10x its own weight in less than 2 seconds! In addition to this soaker layer, the back layer is also made with Zorb® and together these 2 layers of Zorb can replace up to 6 layers of French terry, 8 layers of flannel, and 5 layers of fleece! Fewer layers of material means a thinner, more comfortable pad that can hold up to ½ Cup or 4 Oz of fluid! All Zorb® fabrics will keep their super absorbency for the lifetime of the fabric and only get MORE absorbent as time goes by.


Pads for sweat and discharge

Zorb® 4D Stay Dry Dimple Waterproof CORE ECO-PUL™ Soaker Silver Fabric. This material combines excellent absorbency, waterproofing and leak-protection to create the best pad and panty liner possible! 100% Free of PFOS, PFOA, lead, dioxins, heavy metals & BPA; Free from phthalates: contains no DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DnOP. It features SILVADUR® Antimicrobial which has been proven safe for the skin and inhibits bacterial, fungi, and algae growth, which in turn controls odors. It’s also manufactured in the USA with no harmful chemicals or finishes, making it 100% Eco-friendly. NO TOXIC SAP’S (super absorbent polymers) here! SAPs are used in traditional disposable absorption products but NOT in Fig Tree Pads! 

High quality washable reusable cloth period pads

WHY DO WE USE IT? This is a no brainer. It is THE BEST pad backing on the market! While other pad makers may use Synthetic Fleece, which can feel hotter and adds thickness (amongst other things), we have chosen to use this innovative, eco-friendly material that is good for YOU and the PLANET!

In order to offer the best of the best, our pads do come with a higher price tag, but as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and you definitely deserve to be pampered with the best! Our pads are designed to last a lifetime.

A final note about the topper fabrics in Fig Tree Pads. MOST of our Minky and Stay Dry Lycra are sourced from a site called Spoonflower. Individual artists create designs that can be printed on everything from fabric to wallpaper (and they earn 10% royalty from each sale)! There are over 10,000 designs to choose from. We spend hours curating and coordinating fabrics for each collection that is released. Besides seeing the joy and difference our pads are making for people, picking out the designs is the best part! We hope there will be something for everyone, maybe not every release, but that you can build your collection of cloth pads with patterns and designs that bring YOU joy!

You can also feel good about the fabrics we source from Spoonflower, as they are made in the United States using on demand-digital printing technology on responsibly sourced fabrics, with water-based pigment inks and dyes. They are better for you and the environment! It’s a win-win all around!

Are you ready to jump into the world of Cloth Pads and give them a try? Head to our shop to pick out yours today!


Fig Tree Studio Topper Fabric Options



Stay Dry

3D Dimple Stay Dry

Organic Cotton Velour

Material Content 100% Polyester 88% Polyester/12% Invista Lycra 100% Stay Dry Wicking Polyester (w/Zorb fibers & SILVADUR) 95% Organic Cotton/5% Polyester (backing)
Stainability Won't stain Can stain but treatable. Can stain but treatable. Can stain but treatable.
Feel Silky Soft & Cuddly Smooth and cool A little rougher because of the dimples Soft and plush
How it performs with fluids Wicks moisture away into the core keeping you dry. Quickly wicks moisture into the core, keeping you dry.  Very quickly absorbs moisture into the 3D dimples and straight to the core.  Wicks moisture away similar to Minky, but is thicker and more plush.
Often used in: Baby blankets Workout clothes/swimsuits Pads, washcloths, diapers. Pads, wipes, & clothing
Where Made USA USA USA China*
*Sold by small family business in PA

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