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Why Switch?


Thinking about making the switch to reusable menstrual products but still have questions? This section explores health, environmental, financial, ethical and performance considerations that should help inform your decision. Tens of thousand worldwide have already made the switch to Lunapads, Lunapanties or the DivaCup. Click the icons below to learn more.






Health

Do you ever wonder what is in disposable pads and tampons? Do you experience any physical discomfort like rashes and itching from using them? Lunapads creator, Madeleine Shaw did. After months of experiencing recurring infections linked to disposable tampons, she decided to create something better. By choosing to use washable and reusable menstrual pads and cups you are no longer exposing yourself to the potentially harmful chemicals and synthetic materials found in most disposable pads and tampons.


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Environment


IMPACT ON LANDFILLS

It's estimated that approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually. On an individual level, each of the approximately 73 million menstruating people in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg of disposable menstrual products (or 16,800 disposable pads or tampons) in their lifetime. These products require hundreds of years to biodegrade, particularly if wrapped in the plastic bag commonly provided for this purpose as part of their packaging. In fact, every piece of plastic ever made, still exists to this day.


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Savings

Reusable menstrual products present an opportunity for real financial savings, as demonstrated by the table below. We have chosen not to include two ancillary costs: utilities and detergent used to clean washable pads and the portion of property taxes used to finance garbage pickup of used disposable products and landfill maintenance.


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Values


DO BUSINESS WITH AN ETHICAL, WOMEN-OWNED B CORPORATION

Lunapads is an ethical, social-mission based business. As one of only 1000 certified B Corporation worldwide, we’ve had our business audited to ensure we meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.


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Performance

How well do Lunapads and other reusable options perform in comparison to disposables? Disposable products are superior in performance thanks to all the chemicals and plastics discussed in the Health and Environment sections.


HIGHLY ABSORBENT, BREATHABLE, AND LEAKPROOF.

Given all the technical chemical ingredients in most disposables (which disposable manufacturers are not required to disclose), we acknowledge that reusable pads can’t be expected to perform in the same way as disposables. Reusable products are typically made with more natural and organic materials that require a different routine to be highly absorbent, breathable and leakproof.


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