A few months ago, Madeleine wrote a post about whether Lunapads is a big or small business. There are certainly times when we feel pretty small in the grand scheme of things (“hello P&G, are we on your radar?”) That said, we like to think big and more importantly, try to hold ourselves to a higher standard like the big companies do (or should do!) When you are a small business, you can often fly under the radar for a lot of things. As mentioned before, most home based cloth pad businesses get by without jumping through the regulatory hoops and expense of dealing with the FDA. Most also don’t carry expensive product liability insurance. But, we are serious about what we do and have our customers health and safety in mind.
So, when we found out that there was a safety risk related to our beloved Herbal Heat Pack, we acted as quickly and responsibly as we could. Turns out, that with the variability in strength of microwave ovens, the heat pack can ignite and be a fire hazzard. This was scary news to us, so we immediately contacted our insurance representatives, worked with our underwriters, our lawyers, and the federal health authorities to get the proper advice on what to do. After wading through piles of paperwork, numerous phone calls and explanatory emails, we finally launched a full product recall of the heat packs by contacting all of our customers by email last Friday, instructing them to immediately dispose of the heat pack and offered a full refund (as well as a discount on future orders.)
We hoped that our customers wouldn’t be too upset and frustrated with this news and at worst, lose faith in us as a business. Well, much to our delight, almost everyone who responded to our letter was extremely positive, with praise for our efforts and pledges of allegience to Lunapads. We feel this experience is a good lesson for businesses, big or small: doing the right thing, with integrity, and with the customer in mind is always the right choice and ultimately builds goodwill in the long run. We are truly grateful to have such loyal customers and to be able to continue to love the work we do.