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Art Therapy LunaCircle with Moorea Hum

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Lunapads Team

lunacircle Art Therapy LunaCircle with Moorea Hum

Join us for an evening of inspiration and empowerment with special guest Moorea Hum, art therapist and creator of Yinstill’s Grieving Reproductive Loss Art Therapy program.

Creativity can connect you to the natural processes that takes place on a biological, emotional, mental and spiritual level. This creative engagement encourages a healthy flow of energy allowing you to release, tolerate or make space for the stressful or difficult emotions you may be experiencing.

Come learn about how art therapy can reduce stress and connect you with your inner emotional self. Moorea will show us how it works and take us through a supportive and therapeutic art therapy activity. There will be an opportunity to learn more about mental health care, Moorea’s story and if you feel called to each share a bit of our own emotional journey. No art background or skills required!

When: Wednesday, April 23rd
Time: 7PM (join us at 6:30 for snacks and socializing!)
Where: Lunapads International, 3433 Commercial Street Vancouver BC (map)

LunaCircles are free events sponsored by Lunapads that create a safe space for conversation and exploration of how we connect with our fertility cycles. Please RSVP to the Facebook Event Page and share the event with your friends!

AFRIpads & Lunapads: putting a ring on it

Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Madeleine

It’s amazing timing that AFRIpads founders Paul Grinvalds and Sophia (Sonia) Klumpp have recently become engaged (hooray! we wish them every happiness), because we have some commitment news of our own: Lunapads has just become an official shareholder in AFRIpads.

afripadslunapartner AFRIpads & Lunapads: putting a ring on itMadeleine, Paul, Sonia & Suzanne meet in Uganda for the first time in 2012

Like most long-term relationships, you keep building it over time (in this case, since 2008), not really paying attention to all the incremental pieces of trust and co-creation that are taking place. And then from time to time it hits you that it’s actually something special that’s worth pausing to take stock of and celebrate: this is one of those moments.

Looking back at our over-20 year career as entrepreneurs, our relationship and visit with AFRIpads stands out as a high point. For those of you new to the story, the journey started in 2008 when Carrie-Jane Williams, then a UBC student, brought over some Lunapads kits to the Ugandan village where she was working on a literacy project. There she happened to meet Paul and Sonia, themselves also volunteers working on a development project, and showed them the pads she had left.

Paul and Sonia, for their part already having identified the issue of girls missing school due to lack of feminine hygiene products, were inspired to start their own business making pads modeled after Lunapads. They wrote to us to ask for our support, we said yes, and “off to the races” they went.

By the time we met Paul and Sonia and the AFRIpads team for the first time in January of 2012, they had 30 employees working in 2 facilities, and had supplied over 100,000 girls with AFRIpads kits. Since then their team has grown to over 60 and they have supplied over 250,000 girls with pad kits.  And, as new investors, we are beyond proud to be directly supporting the building of their new factory, which just broke ground this year!

Following our 2012 meeting, we decided to launch our One4Her partnership, whereby for each Lunapads One4Her product sold, AFRIpads are donated to girls in need in East Africa. To date, the One4Her program will have provided over 34,000 AFRIpads to thousands of girls: the largest distribution being 2,000 kits in Kibera, Kenya in October 2013.

While our relationship with AFRIpads’ most obvious benefit is providing girls with pads to support their school attendance, another key aspect is sustainable employment for local Ugandan women, and we have also been proud to support AFRIpads’ staff professional development.

Like getting married, becoming shareholders is a big step: but when it feels right – well, it just feels right. We’re excited for the future, knowing that we are stronger together.

Congratulations to everyone, and many, many happy returns!

A LunaGal Abroad: Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Kitty

kittycollage A LunaGal Abroad: Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

Photos, clockwise from top left: a) Wearing injera basket lids as hats and being silly with our really good friend, Sintayehu b) Part of the Arc Team during a weekend road trip en route to Debre Zeit. c) Learning how to weave from the ladies at Salem’s Design, a shop opened by a partner entrepreneur d) Proof I did indeed feed a hyena in Harar

In the summer of 2013, I traveled to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, with a few fellow classmates of mine. The organization we traveled with, Arc Initiative connected us with small business owners and entrepreneurs of Ethiopia. I had the chance to learn about what they do, as well as exchange ideas on how run a business.

Gamesh Habesha, meaning “half Ethiopian” in Amharic, is a term I coined myself halfway through the trip. Due to my darker shade of Asian skin tone and my ability to blurt out a few Amharic phrases, locals often considered that idea. My team and I were often invited into people’s homes for coffee ceremony or dinner, and treated like I was part of the family. Even with the cultural difference, I felt like I was a local near the end of the trip. With so many memories to choose from, here are my top 5 highlights from the trip:


A New Look for Lunapads!

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Madeleine

newpackaging A New Look for Lunapads!

As some of you may have seen via Facebook yesterday, the Lunapads logo is getting a new visual groove on, and we’re so excited! Other examples of her new look can be seen here as a Sponsor of the Vancouver edition of Urban Campfire, as well as for G Day, a new event for girls ages 10-12 that will take place in Vancouver on April 28, 2014.

I don’t know abut you, but when I turned 20 I was ready to bust out of my teenage geekiness and look more modern and grown up. The original Lunapads logo is actually little more than a typeface choice made a couple of decades ago. No “brand identity” or other marketing fanfare was planned – it just seemed like a cool font at the time (and it was!)


Announcing G Day for Girls!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Madeleine

Telling you about G Day feels like a combination of my birthday, a weekend and every holiday I’ve ever anticipated. It’s a new creative project that I have had in my heart and mind since I was a little girl.

As a girl, I was awed by the idea of becoming an adult woman. Like Margaret in Judy Blume’s classic Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, I was obsessed with all the details, particularly menstruation, and on a semiconscious level I hoped that there would be some sort of fanfare when the momentous time came.

The obvious aside, nothing happened, and I was left with a sense of deep disappointment. Not that I could have told you what exactly I had imagined might happen – I just wanted other people to acknowledge in some way that what was happening to me was special, because I sure thought it was.

I was reminded of these feelings early last year, when I was invited to speak at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver as part of a Special Edition created in partnership with Women Transforming Cities. At first I thought it was a bit weird to be thinking about my work in an urban context, and then I remembered my girlhood dream, and landed on the idea of creating modern Red Tents where we could bring our daughters to celebrate them when they entered adolescence.


Pirates, B Corps & Disruption: Not Business as Usual

Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Madeleine

Not Business As Usual Documentary from institute B on Vimeo.

It won’t come as news to most people reading this blog that our business philosophy is firmly grounded in the belief that capitalism can be a powerful force for positive social change. You just don’t often get to see these types of values expressed every day, let alone as a documentary film with you in it.

As some background, Institute B is a Vancouver-based social impact business think tank/incubation/education and venture capital firm. Suzanne and I have participated in their highly regarded Changemakers series, and are proud and excited about the work they’re doing and community they’re building. They are massive champions of the Benefit Corporation (B Corp) movement, a group of almost 1,000 companies worldwide who participate in a rigorous evaluation process of their impact, then go a step further to amend their legal articles of incorporation to enshrine a commitment that pursuit of profit will never come at the expense of social or environmental considerations.

When we were approached to be interviewed for the video, naturally we agreed to share our story. What we didn’t know was that the “video” was actually destined to become an hour-long documentary about the evolution and future of capitalism. Several of our favourite friend/colleagues/B Corporations (hello Fairware, Junxion Strategy, Save On Meats, Potluck Cafe, Renewal Partners) were also interviewed, and the result is pure inspiration. We were also delighted to see our sister company AFRIpads featured too!

ssib Pirates, B Corps & Disruption: Not Business as Usual

Following the screening, Suzanne was invited to join a panel of fellow entrepreneurs for a discussion, moderated by Kevin Lee Royes, a serial “soulcial-preneur” who successfully closed a deal on Dragons Den (the Canadian version of reality TV entrepreneurial pitching) and parlayed that into a guest hosting gig on future shows. His first question to the panel was “Is it too late to save the world?” In response Suzanne retold the story of the Little Hummingbird & the Forest Fire and said that “we (ie: Lunapads & AFRIpads) are simply doing what we can.” And so thanks to all our customers and supporters: you are helping make that happen!

The “Pirates and “Disruption” in the title of this post are references to a couple of particularly cheeky lines of my and Suzanne’s. There’s not much more to say other than thank you to the IB team for this incredible opportunity to be part of such a powerful and innovative movement. We’re not stopping anytime soon ;-)


LunaCircle with Dr. Thara Vayali, ND

Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Lunapads Team

tharavayalipic LunaCircle with Dr. Thara Vayali, ND

Trying to have a baby?
Close to Menopause?
PMS? Hair loss? Fatigue?
Extended, heavy periods or none at all?
Come learn how a poorly functioning Thyroid can contribute to these conditions and learn how to get it back on track!
Join us for an evening of inspiration and empowerment with special guest Dr. Thara Vayali, ND, Naturopath and Yoga Teacher. She is the creator of Change: Natural Medicine; budget-conscious, membership-based natural medical care.

Come learn about the butterflies in your neck and the lumps in your throats, literally! We will be learning about and discussing the thyroid gland: what it does and how to notice when it’s not working optimally. Dr. Thara will be giving us 5 take home ideas on how to support your thyroid function.

Learn about how thyroid function affects each stage of your reproductive health.

Discover foods that help & harm thyroid function.

Be guided safely into thyroid balancing Yoga Asanas

When: Thursday, January 30th
Time: 7PM (join us at 6:30 for snacks and socializing!)
Where: Lunapads International, 3433 Commercial Street Vancouver BC (map)

What to bring: A yoga mat & comfortable clothes.

LunaCircles are free events sponsored by Lunapads that create a safe space for conversation and exploration of how we connect with our fertility cycles. Please RSVP to the Facebook Event Page and share the event with your friends!

Top 10 Lunapads Highlights of 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Madeleine

2013collage Top 10 Lunapads Highlights of 2013

As we look forward to 2014, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on 10 things that rocked the Lunaverse in 2013.

1. Lunapads turned 20! I was thrilled, inspired and amazed to look back at 20 years of social entrepreneurship.

2. One Billion Rising. On February 14th, Lunapads co-led the Vancouver One Billion Rising event. It was an exuberant, beautiful and powerful expression of resistance against violence against women and girls globally.

3. More Underwear! We launched a slew of new Lunapanties styles, and added Dear Kate and PACT underwear to our growing collection of performance and eco-friendly underwear. Stay tuned for more additions in 2014!


LunaCircle: Not your Mama’s birth control

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Madeleine

gisellephoto LunaCircle: Not your Mamas birth control

Join us for an evening of inspiration and empowerment with special guest Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, naturopathic doctor with a mission to Get Big Pharma Outta Our Bedrooms! She has been in practice for 10 years focusing on women’s health and works with the team at the Sinclair Wellness Center in downtown Vancouver.

Come learn about how hormones affect our bodies, understand what your cycle is really telling you, learn about new forms of birth control and choose the right methods for your needs. Bring questions and leave with healthy solutions!

When: Thursday November 14th
Time: 7PM (join us at 6:30 for snacks and socializing!)
Where: Lunapads International, 3433 Commercial Street Vancouver BC (map)

Please RSVP to the Facebook Event Page and share the event with your friends!

LunaCircles are free events sponsored by Lunapads that create a safe space for conversation and exploration of how we connect with our fertility cycles.

10 reflections on Lunapads at 20

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Madeleine

madstable 10 reflections on Lunapads at 20

October 25, 1993 is technically the date when Lunapads started, since I was making them, along with Lunapanties, wedding dresses, purses, bedding, and a ton of other things when I started my first company, everyware designs.

I will never forget opening the letter from the Ministry of Small Business with the date-stamped response to my application: little did I realize that it was just the beginning of a career that would span decades. I am often asked for my story and tips based on what I’ve learned in 20 years as an entrepreneur; here are a few highlights.

Reflection #1: If you have a business idea, don’t just dream, start. It doesn’t have to be perfect to get the cosmic ball rolling.

Identity is a funny thing, and while I had until then known myself as a student, artist and social change leader, becoming a licensed, tax registered, 100% legit entrepreneur brought with it a whole other mantle of pride and responsibility.

#2: So often I hear the adjective “small” in front of “business owner”. Let’s do this together: no more “small”, no more “something-preneur”; entrepreneur (from the French: to undertake) is a big, long, crazy word that is as fabulous and complex as it sounds: own it.

For all the glam of starting a business, I soon realized that I had gotten a little bit ahead of myself in terms of actual know-how, and so enrolled in an entrepreneurial training program to write a formal business plan for Lunapads. Much to my surprise, I received an award for it.