Lunapads~ A Monthly Way to Go Green {+ Giveaway!}

The giveaway is now closed, but read on for some great information.

~ This post is for women only!~

Less than a year ago I would have never given these a try or even a thought-- that'd have been the last part of my life where I'd "go green"-- but when I was offered to try out Lunapads as part of Green & Clean Mom's Blog Tours, I decided it was worth a shot.

Lunapads are washable menstrual pads. If that sentence alone totally freaks you out, don't worry you're not alone! While I have been successfully using cloth diapers for several months now, using something washable for myself was never something I considered. But these are soft, absorbent and even come in a variety of fun & funky colors and patterns.

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As an avid tampon user, I'm still not about to switch to using any kind of pad, washable or disposable, all the time. I'm way too active for that. But in conjunction with tampons (of which I also want to try an eco-friendly variety) or even better, the DivaCup (which I just bought and hope to figure out/brave using soon, and Lunapads also sells), I think Lunapads are going to work great for me.

They stay put, surprisingly, and are much more comfortable than the disposable alternative. I'll be candid here for a second, and say that ever since childbirth, I need to wear liners even when I use a tampon, so I'm actually really looking forward to using Lunapads' soft liners now instead of the paper kind.

I'd been leaning towards switching to the DivaCup for a while, but knew I'd still need to use liners most likely. It had sort of hit me recently what sort of environmental impact all those disposable items were having on my trash levels (not to mention how much money I spend on that time of the month). If you're still not convinced, consider this:

  • In North America alone, over 60 million women use disposable feminine hygiene products.
  • On an individual level, this adds up to upwards of $2,500 being spent on approximately 11,000 disposable pads or tampons over a period of aout 40 years. (WOW!)
  • Over 14 billion disposable pads, tampons and applicators make their way into landfills annually, a staggering amount of waste.
  • Like disposable diapers, these products can take up to 500 years to decompose.

They probably sound like a pain, but Lunapads are surprisingly simple to use and take care of. I was a little confused when I received my sample kit- the teeny/mini pantyliners were easy, but it took me a bit to figure out the rest of the contents.Β  This short video quickly cleared up how to use the pads with liners. As far as cleaning and care, it's as simple as washing them separately or with other clothes or towels (and if you won't be doing laundry right away, you could soak them in a container with Oxi-Clean, changing the water daily, until you're ready to throw them in the wash), and then they can be air- or machine-dried! Easy-peasy!

I'm really curious to see how this quote by the company president Madeleine Shaw plays out in my own life, too:

In addition to a clearer eco-conscience and fatter wallet, "ditching the disposables" can also be a life-changing experience on a psychological level. While some women may find that the idea of washing their Lunapads takes some getting used to, an overwhelming majority agree that making the effort can pay off in the form of improved self-esteem and self-acceptance.

I feel like through childbirth and four miscarriages, I've already gotten more comfortable with dealing this part of life as a woman, and I imaging that taking care of my monthly "visit from Aunt Flo" with Lunapads (and possibly some handmade additions) will contribute to these psychological improvements like Madeleine suggests.

lunapads liners and diva cupLunapads may seem pricey, but keep in mind that these will last for a long time, versus disposables, which we throw away money on each month. And to help you out in getting started, Lunapads is offering a discount to my readers!! Just enter the promo code gidgetgoeshome until December 31, 2009 to receive a $5 off orders over $35.

And... we're doing a giveaway, too! One lucky GGH reader will win a Sampler Pack of Lunapads! All you have to do is email me the answer to this question:

What is the name of Lunapads' pad donation campaign for girls in developing nations?

Just visit the Lunapads website to find the answer! And remember to email it to me, rather than putting it in the comments. Contest ends April 30th, midnight Pacific Time.Β  As you'll read on the website, anyone can make a donation to make a difference in a young girl's life- it's a really cool and unique campaign.

I'd love to hear your comments on what you think about "going green once a month" and if you have tried these or any similar products!