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Our First Giveaway Final Post (last chance to enter)

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Today is the 5th and final post in our 7 Day Supply of Cloth Pantiliner GIVEAWAY!!! A LOT of information has been shared, and there is so much more out there, but our final post is dedicated to user testimonies and feedback, ending with my own 😀  The pantiliners below are made by me, and were completed and delivered to a customer on Friday evening.  She is a 50+ year old woman, who was extremely pleased to have learned about these products, and beyond extremely excited to purchase them for herself.  Here is what she had to say after wearing them for a couple of days;

“I LOVE them!!! They are soooo comfortable and feminine! I am talking them up like crazy and I can’t wait for the women in my family and my friends to begin using these!! Thank You for sharing this with me!!!”  ~Felecia (social worker)

Felecia is a woman who, prior to 2 weeks ago, had never even heard of cloth pads/pantiliners and now she is a very satisfied user:D The items pictured are her order and were taken before being delivered to her!

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These are size L-XL (14+) and are made of a combination flannel/flannel and flannel/fleece.

Our second user testimony comes from a long-time user of cloth feminine products, if you consider one year a long-time. 😀

“I started using reusable menstrual pads about a year ago. I had been interested in trying them for about 12 years, but it was just something I put on the back burner. When I finally got them, I was hesitant to try them at first because of the “ick” factor, but pressed ahead because I had purposefully let my disposable pads run out the previous month so I had no choice! I LOVE THEM! I don’t feel like I am wearing a pad at all! Also, the reusable pads seem to be more absorbent. They are so easy to take care of as well.  I just toss them in the washing machine with whatever load I happen to be putting in and I’m done!”  ~ Zakiyyah (SAHM)

 

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These pantiliners as well as the S-M ones fold for easy transport.

Now for the last product testimony…mine 😀

Let me just tell you that I am a very satisfied user of these products.  I received a message on Facebook from a friend who knew I loved to sew and was sewing/making things for the purpose of selling.  She sent me a link to a site and I was hooked almost immediately!! I began to research these products and the reasons so many hundreds of thousands of women use them. And before I knew it, I was making them and developing a customer base! I truly am my best customer :D. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pantiliners and wear them everyday.  They are incredibly comfortable and soft, and very absorbant.  They have proven to be reliable for daily use, including the occasional ‘Oops” when a sneeze or cough causes…you know the rest :P. They have also replaced the need for me to purchase disposable pantiliners ever again.  Paying for these once has benefits for years. Look at the first Giveaway post to see the cost comparisons. The reason I chose pantiliners for the giveaway is because I have found that they are the easiest for women to make the switch to. There’s very little apprehension or “GROSS!!!” comments when it comes to something used for daily protection. Once these are experienced, the next step in a majority of cases are to the cloth pads.  These are definite introductions to a knew experience in feminine care.

I had a customer recently ask me what I hoped to gain by making these and sharing information. I responded that I want to raise awareness, particularly in the African American Community where there is very little if anything known about alternatives to carcinogen laced feminine products.  This giveaway and the past weeks blog posts are just the beginning. As we learn to love the Lord with ALL our hearts, ALL our minds, and ALL our souls, and love our neighbor (yes, our husbands are our neighbors as well) as ourselves, I pray that we could learn to take information like what’s being shared and begin to apply it to our lives and make wise decisions.  We will be changing and making changes for the rest of our lives…and then in the end we will experience the ULTIMATE change…

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be ch anged.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

So what in the world do these verse have to do with menstrual pads??? EVERYTHING!!!!  All of the changes we experience in life are preparing us for something GREAT!!! We can never get complacent…we have to keep growing and moving and learning…One day we will be permanently changed!!! But until that glorious day we are charged by God to take care of His temple…and we are that temple!!! We have the responsibility to do the things that will care for this body and not to do the tings that will destroy it!! There are many things that are harmful that we do not know, but when we learn about them, and still do them, we will be held accountable. Now, I am not saying that using plastic pads and tampons and pantiliners will send any of us to Hell, but I am saying that because of the extremely dangerous chemicals involved, we may hasten our face to face meeting with the Lord by using them. And while that appeals to some, it is not the way any of us want to see Him. I implore you to make the HEALTHY choice..even if you choose to buy them from a well known manufacturer instead of me, just get them…and let other women know that we have choices!!! And they are good ones!!! I find myself telling women about these everywhere I go. I pray you will too ❤

You have one more chance to enter the drawing to receive a 7 Day Supply of Cloth Pantiliners FREE ($63 value), and one more chance to spread the word about the Giveaway.  Don’t waste it…take all of what you learned last week and make good use of it 😀 God Bless ALL of you!!! Click the link below…

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Our First GIVEAWAY Day 4!!!

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7 DAY SUPPLY OF CLOTH PANTILINERS GIVEAWAY!!

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These are S-M Cloth Pantiliners. They also come in M-L.

In case you can’t tell, I am REALLY excited about this GIVEAWAY and these product.  I will share my personal story on Monday, the last day to enter the GIVEAWAY, and until then I will be sharing some great information on cloth feminine products.  Since I began making and using these products, I have shared this information with MANY women who have never heard of these, much like I hadn’t before a friend introduced them to me.  My excitement has grown exponentially since my exposure, and it’s that excitement that I am sharing with all of you 😀 So far we have discussed  reasons why cloth pads and pantiliners are good choices for any woman, cloth vs. plastic; analysis and comparison, environmental impact and performance analysis.  In today’s post we’re going to answer some common questions from about cloth pads from treehugger.com. Enjoy the information, and DO NOT FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY TODAY. Just click the link at the end of tis post 😀

Why should I use cloth menstrual pads?

They are better than disposable in so many ways!  Some of our favourite reasons are that they:

  • Save you money!  Keep thousands of dollars in your pocket over the long run.
  • Are comfortable! Much more comfortable, in fact.
  • More attractive!  So many stylish fabrics and patterns.
  • Save you from the odour caused by the chemicals in disposables.
  • May reduce the duration and symptoms of your period!
  • Are better for the environment.  Throw away less garbage!
  • Are more skin friendly with less skin irritations and no sticky glue!

How many cloth pads do I need?

The best way to determine how many you need is to keep track of how many disposable pads you use in a day.  You will change them as often as you do disposables so you then need to decide how often you want to wash them.  Some people can get away with 6 and wash them every evening before bed.  Some people like to have enough for 2 days and wash every other day or enough for their whole period and only wash once a month.  Some people choose to have only day pads for ease of buying and others prefer liners for the start and end, night pads for night and day pads for the day.  How many you have depends on how often you want to wash as well as your most comfortable size and your budget.  Keep in mind that the more you have in rotation the less wear each one will receive so they will last you longer.

How do I wash and care for cloth pads?

Washing them can be as simple as tossing in the washing machine!   If you are worried about staining then you may choose to keep a pail of water (or empty ice cream container) and toss the used pads in and wash when needed or you can give them a quick rinse before tossing in a wetbag or dry pail.  Natural fabrics such as cotton and bamboo stain easier than minky which almost never stains.  If stains set in then just place clean wet pads in the sun or you may use a stain remover product on them such as peroxide before washing.

Pads are washer and dryer safe but please do not use fabric softener or bleach.

I’m worried about leaks, how safe are they?

Tree Hugger pads are all made with soft water resistant fleece backing.  The fleece not only helps hold the pad in place but it also acts as a barrier to stop leaks.  Fleece is breathable but also doesn’t wick the moisture out to your underwear as flannel backed would do and yet is still more breathable then disposable pads made out of paper and plastics. Cloth pads have secure fitting wings that snap in place to hold your pad in place as well as provide side coverage.

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Alright! That’s the end of today’s post. There will be more great information coming your way about cloth feminine products over the next couple of days. Don’t forget to click the link below to enter the 7 DAY SUPPLY OF CLOTH PANTILINERS GIVEAWAY!! 

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Our First GIVEAWAY Day 3 :D Cloth vs. Plastic

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Welcome back for the 3rd day and the 3rd post for our very first GIVEAWAY!!! If this is your first time here, be sure to read the previous 2 posts to get caught up on our 7 DAY SUPPLY OF CLOTH PANTILINERS GIVEAWAY!! There has already been some GREAT information shared and I am about to share some more 😀 Todays post will look into the benefits of cloth vs. the dangers of plastic!! It’s serious!! For many of us we don’t think twice about inserting a tampon inside of our bodies, or laying an absorbent piece of plastic next to our skin for hours upon hours.  The media and advertising companies have done a GREAT job at convincing us that our extreme comfort, and a product’s ability to cause us to forget that we even have a period should be at the top of our lists when choosing products to use during our menstrual cycles…but unlike the commercials that present new prescription drugs that list ALL of the side effects, these companies leave all of the good information out, then they put it in writing on the package that is so small you would need a magnifying glass to read it!!! So, what is it that we are putting into our bodies to minimize our awareness that we even have a cycle??? What makes the dry weave cover to the pads work so well?? These and other pertinent questions are answered below… And when you’re finished reading…and you’re shaking your head at the things you didn’t know (like I was), please DO NOT FORGET to enter the GIVEAWAY today!!! Return and enter EVERY DAY for more chances to win!!! 😀

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Environmental Impact

From a common sense perspective, the choice to wash and reuse cloth menstrual pads is a simple one, akin to using stainless steel water bottles, cloth shopping bags or rechargeable batteries in lieu of their single-use counterparts. In doing so, we reduce the gross amount of resources consumed and solid waste generated.

It is 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 in their lifetime . Moreover, 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.

Lunapads last at least 5 years with recommended use and care, as opposed to 3 or 4 hours in the case of disposables. While individual cases vary, we estimate that a single Lunapad replaces approximately 120 disposable pads or tampons.

In addition to the waste issue, one must also consider resources consumed, as well as manufacturing processes. Lunapads are made with a combination of three types of fabric, which admittedly use their own share of resources to produce. Critics may reasonably point to the use of conventionally-grown cotton as an environmental demerit to cloth pads. Further resources (water, detergent and energy) are also required in order to capitalize on their reusable benefit. That said, Lunapads are very small and do not require special laundering treatment, making the amount of water and soap required for their maintenance to be fairly minimal. Lunapads is further on track with our stated goal of switching to 100% organic or sustainable textiles, and currently use 100% certified organic fabrics for over half of our products.

Disposable pads and tampons are made primarily of bleached kraft pulp or viscose rayon, the origin of which is wood cellulose from trees. Imagine, if you will, what kind of processing is required to make solid wood into the fluffy fibers found in disposable pads – in a nutshell, a lengthy series of powerful chemical baths. The rayon and pulp are further processed with a variety of bleaching agents to render them white (although not more absorbent), and then treated with another host of chemicals to enhance absorbency or add scent.

While growing cotton requires water and fertilizer, it is an easily renewable resource compared to trees, and requires relatively minimal processing to be rendered into a final product.

Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S . While the jury is still out on the direct risk to human health posed by dioxin residue in disposable pads and tampons, its danger to the environment via effluent from factories is well-known. In fairness, progress has been made in recent years to address this issue and oxygen-based bleaches are being increasingly adopted. That said, there has also been an increased adoption of use of Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs) in the pursuit of “ultra thin” pads, and disposable pads continue to be backed in plastic.

Precisely what all these chemicals and substances are and what their gross environmental impact might be is largely unknown, particularly in the long term. Pad and tampon manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients of all their products (proprietary information) and many are only listed generically (“fragrance” as an example) on the packaging.

While we are not doctors or scientists, we have had the benefit of almost 30 years of collective experience in talking to women about their health and menstrual products, and can attest to the fact that thousands of women are experiencing allergic reactions to disposable pads and tampons, likely due to contact with the aforementioned chemicals and plastics.

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Performance vs Disposables

Waste and health considerations aside, how well do Lunapads and other reusable options actually work? This question is tricky to answer since reusable products are made with such vastly different materials from disposables.

In the case of Lunapads, we readily admit that as soft and absorbent as cotton fleece and flannel are, when it comes to managing heavy menstrual flow over several hours, their performance lags behind that of the ultra thin high performance disposable pads. Ironically, disposable products’ superior performance with respect to absorbency is thanks to all the chemicals and plastics we discussed earlier in reference to environmental impact.

Comfort is another important consideration when it comes to assessing the performance of menstrual products, and in this case we can confidently say that our products are vastly superior to disposable products. Lunapads and Lunapanties are made with 100% cotton and 100% organic cotton, soft, natural and breathable materials that are more akin to clothing.

Knowing performance is important issue for most of us, we acknowledge that reusable pads can’t be expected to perform in the same way as disposables. That said, there are in excess of 100,000 people worldwide using Lunapads who would never switch back, so clearly the chore of washing them is worth the bother. Ask yourself if you would happily return to throwing away used bottles and newspapers rather than taking the time to recycle them for a similar perspective. Many also comment on the convenience of being freed from having to repeatedly buy disposable supplies, particularly in unanticipated situations.

With respect to the DivaCup and tampons, the difference is even more marked. Have you ever felt excessively “dried out” by using tampons, especially towards the end of your period? This is because tampons don’t just absorb your menstrual flow, they also absorb your natural vaginal moisture, which can be uncomfortable. The DivaCup is widely celebrated among customers for being more comfortable than tampons, thanks to its non-absorbent functionality that results in reduced dryness.

So, there you have it. Several more reasons have been shared about why these are wonderful choices for all of us to make.  There are additional things available that we will go over before this GIVEAWAY is over, don’t worry :D! But that is all for now.  PLEASE SO NOT FORGET to enter the GIVEAWAY!!! It was created with you in mind! Oh! And Tell A FRIEND 😀

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