Archive for the ‘Environmental Issues’ Category

2014 #Reusolutions Giveaway

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Lisa


Hi everyone, Lisa here! We thought it might be fun to kick off the year with our top 5 reasons to ditch the disposables and get into what Lunapads is all about for 2014. Share your new year’s #reusolutions (think REUSEolutions) with us on Facebook, Twitter, or comment below to be entered to win a $100 Lunapads gift certificate. Use our handy click-to-tweet links for a quick and easy contest entry. Good luck, and all our best to you & yours for 2014! Contest ends January 31st, 2014.

  1. Love your body. Why are there no ingredients listed on pad and tampon boxes? Disposable menstrual products can expose the most delicate, sensitive parts of your body to absorbent polymer gels, chlorine-bleached viscose, and a host of other synthetic chemicals and irritants. Lunapads are gentle and body-safe, with no added chemicals, fragrances, or adhesives.
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  2. Be kind to the planet. Did you know that 90% of conventional menstrual pads are made from crude oil plastic? The extraction, production, and manufacture of which pollutes our oceans, harms humans and animals, and causes widespread devastation for our global environment. Lunapads are made of 100% cotton and last 5+ years, helping you reduce your carbon footprint.
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  3. Reclaim your period! Lunapads offer a special blend of style, attitude, and comfort that can help make your period feel like less of a hassle. Forego clinical “sanitary napkins” and all their baggage for a bold and colorful print that’s soft, special, and uniquely you.
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  4. Stop getting ripped off. Disposable pads and tampons cost at least twice as much as reusables because you have to keep buying them month after month. We see our products as tools to help you manage your periods independently, economically, and on your own terms.
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  5. Make a difference for girls in the developing world. For every Lunapad purchased, a girl in need will receive a Ugandan-made AFRIpad to support her school attendance; a vital key to a brighter and more empowered future.
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Putting the “cycle” in upcycle

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Sara K.

Upcycling is the process of converting useless products into better or more environmentally friendly ones. While not everyone uses Lunapads and/or the Diva Cup for eco reasons, lessening one’s footprint is certainly a contributing factor for many a crunchy gal out there who makes the switch. It can be life-changing and usually there’s no going back. Seeing as planning rarely goes hand-in-hand with a period-related epiphany, chances are many of us have leftover disposables lurking under our bathroom sinks and in our cupboards. And the question becomes: what to do with them?

In a word: crafts.

I’ve gathered a few fun DIY ideas for you to try.

Maxi Pad Slippers

Maxi Pad Slippers

Maxi Pad Dress

Maxi Pad Dress

The Tampon Applicator Pan Flute


The Tampon Wiener Dog Children’s Toy

Tampon Weiner Dog

And for the truly ambitious – The Tampon Chandelier


Got your inspiration flowing? Show us how you’re putting the “cycle” back in upcycle.


5 Reasons You Should Be Wearing Lunapads

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by Guest


Alice is a City Girl* who uses Lunapads

As a former New Yorker, I hustled uptown, downtown and across midtown through endless nights of work, fun and (little) sleep. I recently returned to Vancouver and  discovered Lunapads through a good friend of mine. Feminine products for a cause? Yes please. When I heard about their One4Her collaboration with AfriPads, I couldn’t wait to learn more about their products. Here are the top five reasons why all City Girls should give Lunapads a try.


Lower Mainland Green Team Does Some Spring Cleaning!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 by Lunapads Team


Written by Ezgi E.

One of the most wonderful things about having a business in a city as active, conscious and aware as Vancouver is that we get to be part of the work of wonderful people everyday. The Lower Mainland Green Team is an example of a local organization full of inspiring people who come together to better their environment–and we were lucky enough to help their cause!

Why do we love them? Because they pull out invasive plants that are dangerous to local plant life and plant native ones! And they do this by bringing together volunteers from all over the Lower Mainland area and exposing them to new parks and plants they have never seen before. According to Lyda Salatian, the founder of the LMGT, people are already interested in helping out and contributing, but they need an outlet just like the LMGT to participate. It gives the volunteers a chance to connect with nature, start thinking about environmental responsibility and realize that they can be part of change towards better. We are all about that at Lunapads!

But that’s not the only reason. The Lower Mainland Green Team goes above and beyond by engaging youth and at-risk youth. As Lunapads, we’re supportive of the young members of our community who are thinking about their environment and taking action because they are leading the way as activists for their generation. We’re so excited to see many young volunteers set an example regarding the personal ecological choices we make.


Lunapads Rocks Pecha Kucha

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Madeleine

I have been an avid attendee of the Vancouver chapter of Pecha Kucha for the past couple of years, and was thrilled to be asked to speak as part of Volume 26, presented jointly with Women Transforming Cities, a local group dedicated to examining how urban spaces can be more girl- and woman-friendly.

For those of you new to “PK Night”, it’s a highly engaging speaking format where each presenter chooses 20 slides that typically represent why they do the work they do, which are then set on a timer to allow 20 seconds of speaking time per slide: kind of an ADD version of a TED talk.

I was nervous, and had never spoken in front of anywhere close to the evening’s sold-out 1200 seats. Inspired by the preceding 10 incredible speakers whose topics ranged from women’s roller derby teams, to violence and safety, urban planning, alternative transportation, historical preservation and more, I stepped up to the stage and gave it my all. I am frankly still buzzing from the positive reception and feedback (they laughed, they cried!) for my personal story that illustrates what makes Lunapads tick, even almost 20 years after I first started developing the products.

You will not regret spending the next 7 minutes of your life watching this, especially if you have ever been an adolescent girl excited about the prospect of becoming a woman. If it lands for you, please share widely – it’s a sweet, funny and highly personal way to tell your friends what Lunapads is all about: enjoy!

10 Reasons to Support Lunapads

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Lunapads Team

1. Vote for a different kind of business practice. Lunapads is an ethical, social-mission based business. As a certified B Corporation we’ve had our business audited to ensure we meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

2. Feminist values. We’ve been working to change attitudes towards menstruation for over a decade, and have helped thousands worldwide feel more empowered about their periods, bodies, and consumer choices.

3. Roughly 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are sent to North American landfills annually. Each menstruator in North America will throw away an estimated 16,800 disposable pads or tampons in their lifetime; products that require hundreds of years to biodegrade. Thanks to those who have already made the switch, more than 1 million disposable pads and tampons are diverted from landfills each month!

4. Reusable menstrual products just might make you feel better about your period. Using soft, cotton Lunapads, comfy padded period underwear, and the uber-convenient DivaCup menstrual cup can make your period feel like less of an burden—and may even teach you something new about your body.

5. Disposable pads and tampons have been linked to everything from TSS to contact dermatitis and other skin conditions. Why are there no ingredients labels on pads or tampons? The long term health effects of repeated exposure to chemicals like dioxin and pesticide residues are largely unknown. When you use Lunapads or The DivaCup, you know exactly what you are putting in or on your body.


The Power of Yes

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by Madeleine

You know the feeling when you don’t think that you did something particularly well, and then realize that you actually rocked it? That was the feeling I got when I saw this video of a TEDx talk that Suzanne and I did earlier this year for TEDxKids@BC.

I had just come back from a two week holiday far, far away and was still feeling a bit unsettled and unsure of myself. Fortunately we had the benefit of the amazing speaking coach Janice Tomich, who worked with us on technique and boosted our confidence. Heck, she even came up with the idea for the name of our talk: The Power of Yes.

The audience was local grade 11 and 12 students, and so we each took a look at how our adolescent experiences led to our adult choices to become entrepreneurs and social change leaders. Not to give away the whole story (although if you have a spare 15 minutes to watch the video, you won’t be disappointed!), we trace how saying Yes to various opportunities and experiences paid off for us, even when it didn’t seem like the safest or easiest thing to do.

In the case of AFRIpads, saying Yes has never had a bigger payoff: today they employ more than 50 women and will supply over 100,000 girls with washable pad kits this year. In my opinion, we are given too much credit for their incredible success, however the fact remains that we trusted them with ideas and design that our lawyers (had we asked them ;-) would have insisted on making contracts for – which would surely have limited, if not completely crushed the whole idea.

So check it out and let us know what you think. What do you feel like saying Yes to?

Eco & Body Positive Sex Toys

Monday, November 7th, 2011 by Lisa

EcosexualFlickr photo by carbonnyc (cc)

Hi everyone, Lisa here! As most of you know, Lunapads manufactures and sells washable cotton menstrual pads, pantyliners and underwear. We do this because we believe that using healthy, eco-friendly menstrual products is a creative and empowering way to honor and care for ourselves and the planet.

Jamye Waxman: Sex EducatorFor Madeleine, making the switch from tampons to cloth pads brought her the unexpected benefit of discovering a deeper connection with her body. Click here to listen to her conversation with Jamye Waxman about the connection for her between period positivity and pleasure.

Lots of our customers tell us that they have had a similar experience, and that using Lunapads led them to a new found appreciation for their bodies; not just during their periods, but all throughout their cycles and every day of the month. For some of us, using sex toys is another one of the many creative and celebratory ways we can nurture the relationships we have with our bodies. Of course, being the eco and body friendly folks that we are, we want to be knowledgeable about the products we use and the effect they have on our bodies and earth.

Unfortunately, sex toys are often comprised of a mystery-mix of chemicals and other ingredients not disclosed by their manufacturers. In addition, because sex toys are classified as novelty items, they’re not regulated by the FDA or held to the same stringent health and safety checks that medical devices are. So, how do you choose a toy that is good for your health, and the health of the planet? Here’s some info about the different materials and options available.


More Video Contest Winners & Highlights

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Madeleine

To say that we were blown away by the response to our LunaRevolution Video Festival & Contest is a seismic understatement – it was literally one “WOW” after another at yesterday’s staff viewing. Thank you so much to all of you who participated; we are deeply honored by your efforts.

The overall experience has been more complex than “WOW” suggests, however, and I want to address that it was not as easy as sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and basking in the Luna-love. I cannot go any further without first acknowledging the efforts of Nancee, our Video Intern (here for her second summer, woot!) and our IT wonder Lisa. Nancee is a fabulous tech-geek workaholic super-smart/nice person who is constantly seeking more ways to be helpful (if you can’t think of them, she will!) and then executing them with dizzying speed and efficiency. With equal dedication the perennially brilliant Lisa waded through the maze of technical issues with her consistently calm and sensible demeanor.

Clever staff and all, were there flaws? Oh yeah! We have not had a video contest in years, and naturally technology has advanced a notch or two. We decided to go with a Facebook application called Wildfire, which involved a bit of a learning curve and proved to have its shortcomings. Thank you to all of you who were smart enough to point out the not-totally-clear bits and have been patient enough to bear with us while we worked it out.

We received 21 (TWENTY ONE!!!) submissions, which we considered to be totally amazing. Twenty-one Lunapads fans felt inspired enough to take the time to tell us how our products have changed your lives: how incredible is that?!?

It was a massive challenge to choose the top picks, and if we have any regrets it’s that we didn’t create more categories and/or Honorable Mention spots in the first place (it would have looked pretty silly if we had created a dozen categories and only had three submissions, for example). Finally, we didn’t all agree about, for example, what made a video particularly “creative”, and so I want to highlight what we felt was uniquely awesome about the videos that may not have fit into a particular category.

Our 5 Honorable Mention Prizes:

another drum roll, please…


Welcome to the Jungle

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 by Madeleine

Crocosmia, Montbretia, Jupiter variety I’ll just cut straight to the chase for those of you with short attention spans: I am nuts about gardening, and the next 500 words or so are basically going to be not much more than variations on that message.

I was prompted to write this post when a friend and business colleague tweeted about how well some plants from my garden were doing on his downtown roof, and further how his jeweler wife had made a casting of a crocosmia (aka Montbretia, Jupiter variety in case you are geeky that way) bud, one of my great favorites, inspired by it. There are so many layers to that: sharing, life, growth, beauty, art: time for a post to celebrate it all.

I am a bit of a messy, creative, “just go for it” type of person, and my garden is no different: I don’t worry too much about what “should” go where, and kind of revel in minor gardening “transgressions” like mixing flowers and vegetables together in the same bed and being perfectly happy with the neighbour’s climbing plants making themselves at home on our side of the fence as well.

It kind of feels like a very large, slightly out of control laboratory/playground, where my family and hundreds of small creatures like to hang out.