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Menstrual Activism: Ditch the Disposables Video & Giveaway!

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Deluxe Heavy Flow Kit, $149 @lunapads.com

Deluxe Heavy Flow Kit, $149 @lunapads.com

Lunapads has just launched a snappy new video that spells out the argument for switching from disposable to cloth menstrual pads. It’s an entertaining kick in the pants (pads?) for anyone who is still on the fence with respect to this important choice. Please take a look (it’s only 1:26 long) and consider ditching the plastic from your gine.

Plus – you can win an Organic Pads & Pantyliner Intro Kit by leaving a comment below. One comment will be chosen at random by the Lunapads crew on October 1st 2010.   Pass on the good word!

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Readers Comments (66)

  1. Dani Smith says:

    That is disgusting..really.

  2. Lola says:

    ‘Like everything in life,its just a matter of getting used to it. Changing the way you think about things. I’ve been meaning to convert,maybe now’s the time!

  3. Chloe says:

    Dani, just curious. Why do you find it disgusting? What part specifically?

  4. I am trying to get on board with this concept but I just don’t know if I can do it. Who wants to deal with the mess? Especially if you are out and about all day like at school, work, etc.?

  5. Chloe says:

    Jessica – Why not start off just doing it at night or when you are home? It’s much easier than it seems, promise. You wring it out in the shower and rinse it/ wash, then toss in machine. They also have divacups, etc which are much easier for on the go.

  6. Thanks Chloe! I will take a look at the site and think it over. Your advice is helpful :-)

  7. Chloe says:

    It seemed nuts to me at first too.. but these pads are SO much more comfy than the plastic ones. It’s night and day in terms of comfort. And once you get used to it (much like veganism) it feels like a no-brainer.

  8. Julianne says:

    Would love to win! Luna pads are cute and eco-friendly :)

  9. Julie says:

    I love lunapads! I’m a convert and will never go back to disposable, bleached tampons and pads. It really is like wearing underwear with soft, cozy cotton…so comfy!

  10. Devon says:

    I really wish they sold these at typical drug stores or even Target. They would be more well known.

  11. lily says:

    what’s the harm in trying it? filling in the landfills seems like the more disgusting thing to do…. Thanks for having this contest!

  12. Sheena says:

    I am so over disposables. Cloth leave me feeling much fresher and comfortable :).

  13. Ang says:

    I love these. As far as being convenient, I personally prefer to do the diva cup during the day (it can stay in all day–no changing!) and then I do cloth pads at night because they’re so easy and comfortable. I haven’t bought expensive disposable pads/tampons in years!

  14. Kate says:

    I’m wondering how well these would work with a very heavy flow. This is the only reason I have been hesitant to try reusables.

  15. Melody says:

    I never thought about how pads and tampon applicators in landfills! I’d be interested in trying lunapads/divacup but I’d be nervous it couldn’t handle my flow. I’m very heavy for the first 2 days. Chloe, do you prefer the lunapads or diva cup?

  16. vixedvegans says:

    I love lunapads. I’ve been using them intermittently for 2 years. While I haven’t given up my pads/tampons, I enjoy having the choice.

  17. Chloe says:

    LP’s have easily handled my heavy flow. I haven’t used a DC yet, but if you read this article http://girliegirlarmy.com/blog/20080910/sunday-bloody-sunday/ and check out the comments beneath – you’ll see lots of women who have used and loved it, or advised other methods, etc.

  18. JoLynn says:

    I guess it’s like cloth diapers in a way. Even if these were used at night or when at home it would greatly decrease the plastic use.

  19. Samantha says:

    I really like my diva cup, and I would love to try the pads.

  20. jocelyn says:

    I never thought I would type this, but I would be willing to try it. I’ve never thought about how many tampons I dispose of and put that together over a month. If you multiply, say, 18 tampons by 12 months and imagine the whole thing in a bag going to a landfill, it’s a pretty powerful and off-putting image.

  21. Allison says:

    have been meaning to make this change for a while… great giveaway!

  22. ikkinlala says:

    I’ve been using old washcloths and a safety pin when I’m at home, but I think Lunapads would be nicer and something I could wear in public as well.

  23. Jolana says:

    I would love to try them out so here is hoping I win.

  24. brook says:

    i have endometriosis, which makes my period very heavy & VERY painful–i regularly “bleed-out” tampons, but i have never bled-out my diva cup. it also not painful to insert, as tampons are. i would love to try the lunapads, but i just bleed on an old sleeve from an old nightgown. it may seen strange today to not use pads or tampons, but think about what our foremothers did. they bled on whatever fabric scraps they had available(at least that’s what mine did).

    these products pay for themselves right away & have the added bonus of not maintaining societal senses of secrecy or shame about a natural biological function. when you consider the cost (environmental, financial, etc), it is a no-brainer to switch.

  25. Jen LF says:

    Thanks for the great contest and video! I love my cloth pads and just started using a Lunette cup, which is all kinds of awesome. :) To the skeptics – give reusables a try. You might even look forward to your period!

  26. Michelle says:

    I love Lunapads! I switched from disposables in April of this year. I use Lunapad pantiliners every day for discharge, and a DivaCup for my period. I used to hate my period because of the mess and the chafing, and now I actually look forward to it every month. Wish I’d found out about them sooner!

    PS- I would love to win, but I also think it would be great if a hater wins this, tries them, and gets converted. Hehehe…

  27. Jes says:

    Super awesome comment!

  28. Meredith says:

    I’ve thought about trying these in the past but never actually got around to doing it. I used a divacup for several months (before pregnancy) and loved it but after having my son I no longer could because the pre-pregnancy model leaked and the model for after a pregnancy was much too big. I find my cramps are lessened by using tampons but I’d still be willing to give these a shot, at least as tampon backup instead the organic cotton pantyliners I have now.

  29. Heather says:

    It’s no more “disgusting” than wearing underwear without a liner. You just toss them in the wash and go. If they are too soiled you can rinse them first, just like underwear. Personally, I use the teeny liners everyday and a diva cup when I need it and never have problems. Two bonuses: 1. I’ve never needed to change a diva cup more than twice a day – when I get up and when I go to bad. You can forget about worrying during the day! 2. If you ride a bicycle, the pads are nice and cushy where you need it most :)

  30. Angela says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this out, I think it’s a great eco-friendly option… I hope I win!

  31. Tiffany says:

    I just have a quick question, if you use bio degradeable tampons with cardboard applicators is this still environmentally unfriendly?

  32. Shannon says:

    been wanting to try these for a while. DC, too, actually. i certainly like the idea of less trash, but more comfort? score.

  33. Bianca says:

    I’ve made the change and although my girlfriends thinks it’s gross, I tell them I’m saving money and clean-up is easy. My husband says when I have to clean them that I’m going “to the well”. I got my way with my “green pads”, but he’s not going to let me make the change to “green diapers” for our baby due in Oct =(. He says it’s too much work and I won’t have time to do anything else, can’t seem to change his mind on that. But anywho, love green pads, will definitely buy more variety of colors/sizes soon.

  34. Gail says:

    Think about it people. How many women are using pads, & how many do they use a month? Where do you think they end up? Think of all the land fill space this will save.

  35. AmyO says:

    After 20 years or so of polluting landfills with my unwrap/use/trash routine, I am so ashamed to have just found out about this alternative-to-disposable fab femme solution. Just as shaming are the looks I get from the plumbers we’ve had to call because my monthly plugs plugged the toilets (and at about $500 a visit, the hubby was not too pleased either). Every tween, teen, woman, and even husband, should know about Lunapads. Thanks for putting me in the know.

  36. Alexandra says:

    Seriously – these things ROCK!! I’ve been using them for ages (on and off with the Diva Cup) and they’re perfectly cool, not gross, and so much better for your body and the enviro.

    Get some!

  37. Rachel says:

    Does anyone know how they do with pee? I don’t menstruate anymore but use pads when I’m exercising because my bladder isn’t as strong as it used to be post-partum.

  38. Stephanie says:

    sweet! I’d like to try these out

  39. Cristina says:

    I’m SO excited to learn that heavy flow is not an issue with Lunapads; I’ll definitely be trying them out now!

  40. kaitie says:

    The whole landfill thing is something I haven’t really thought about.. how ignorant of me, I know!! I have a very heavy period, so initially the thought of this didn’t really catch my eye- but then again I am all about giving things a solid try. And I am all about leaving as little of an impact on this earth, so it sounds like something I would be interested to give a shot.

  41. Anquinette B. says:

    Super cute. Would happily use them if I were to win, and still will if I don’t.

  42. Kylie says:

    I really want to be green. I talked to my mom about trying Luna Pads, she declined. I’d very much love to try! :)
    Thanks for the consideration. This is a great thing you’re doing!
    -Kylie

  43. Melina says:

    I’ve heard great things about Lunapads and I’ve yet to try them yet.

    I just got the Diva Cup though and I really love it.

  44. Lani says:

    This seems like an idea that I could incorporate into my life pretty easily… at night at least. I don’t think I could make the switch during the day. I wonder though, the plastic ones do keep the smell under control and I have my doubts about cloth being able to do the same thing.

  45. Stacie says:

    This sounds great! After years of using what I thought was eco-friendly supplies, this just makes more sense!

  46. Phoenix says:

    I’ve heard great things about Lunapads, & appreciate the giveaway. Better for the earth (don’t go in the landfill), better for the body (I don’t trust most mainstream alternatives to be free of chemicals.)

  47. Laura says:

    I’ve been wanting to try these…just can’t get used to the Diva cup, though I’ve tried for awhile.

  48. Susan says:

    I’ve used the luna pads, but just when I’m at home. I prefer the smaller sized ones for day, and only wear the larger ones at bedtime. I also tried using the larger Diva Cup (because I’m over 35- never had kids) and it was much too big & uncomfortable. I plan to try the smaller one, because I’d love to stop using tampons, if possible.

  49. Emily says:

    I’ve been using a similar product for almost 10 years now. I feel amazing knowing I don’t support plastic products that will just end up in the landfill. They are so easy to presoak in a bowl of water and then wash in the washing machine. It may seem gross at first, but this is our body ladies! It’s time to make the connection!

  50. KarmaLily says:

    I’ve been interested in using reusable pads, but I’m worried about the inconvenience of washing them. However, they’re so much better for the environment, so I’d be willing to give them a try.

  51. Erin says:

    Thanks for covering reusable menstrual products! I’ve wanted to try these for awhile now…I’ve only heard good things about them!

  52. Renee says:

    Alright. My conscience has been gnawing at me for awhile now but y’all have convinced me. I’m gonna do it!

  53. Annette says:

    This product is something I’ve been wanting to get for a while now, just somehow hadn’t found the time to do so or haven’t been “willing” to change my old habits of the one use disposable plastics we’ve found so easily available and ready for our society’s consumption and “easy” ways of discarding multiple amounts of plastics a year…..so it would be great to finally be able to make a greater difference in the world. As women of all flows and sizes and ethnicities, I think it’s time for us to lead the world in the right direction; everyone would be better if women led the world. Let’s do this! :)

  54. Caitlin says:

    I love my Diva Cup, but would love to try Luna Pads for nighttime/ heavier days…

  55. Crystal says:

    would be interesting to give these a try!

  56. Nicole says:

    I think this is the next big change for me. It just makes sense in so many ways!

  57. Mercedes says:

    I’ve always thought these would be inconvenient since I’m a college student, but I’d love to give these a try and be proven wrong. :)

  58. Jill says:

    I use the Diva Cup and LOVE it! I would definitely recommend it to anyone trying to save money and better the environment :)

  59. […] reading a post about our new “ditch the disposables” video on one of my favorite blogs, The Girlie Girl Army, and was struck by the first comment: “That is disgusting…really.” Several dozen […]

  60. Sarah says:

    Love my Lunapads! I haven’t used disposables in maybe 4 years.

    @Lani – I don’t find smell to be an issue at all. If anything, it’s better with the Lunapads.

  61. Morgan Jones says:

    I really have been wanting to try these! I can’t stand paying out so much money that will harm the planet.

  62. sheila says:

    Chloe, Dani meant that your use of “on the fence” is disgusting in this crotch-related context.

    (kidding)

    would love to try these.

  63. Cristen says:

    would love to win!! :)

  64. molly says:

    I really hope I win! I’m all for eco, I’ve been a vegan for a year, I try to reuse things as much as possible. I’ve never tried a reusable pad, but I’ve heard they’re actually really handy! :)

  65. ann says:

    These look perfect for those of us with chemical sensitivities!

  66. Allyson says:

    Wow, these are amazing. I would abosolutely love to win this and try them! I am pretty sure my sister uses both the DC and the Luna Pads. I cannot wear pantyliners or pads, I chafe and have allergies. I still use tampons, however I get an organic brand that uses no bleaching etc. Now I am really interested in trying both these methods!




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