A Vegan Girl On Her Life Journey :)

Hello! How are you all doing today? 😉

This is also another post that I haven’t done in a while, so here it goes!

Guess what I got in the mail when I came back from the Puyallup Fair?

It’s a fairly big package…

Inside revealed:

Lunapads!!!! 😀 Reusable and organic napkins! How wonderful is that?

According to their website:

“…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 women in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg of disposable menstrual products in her lifetime .”

Ho Ly COW. That’s A LOT! 😯 If you think about it, it totally makes sense!!

And it costs less on the long-run, too. From their website:

Comparison of cost per use of disposable pads and tampons versus reusable products

 

Disposable Products  Price @ Drugstore.com # per pack  Cost Per Use
 Always Infinity Maxi Pads $9.99 36 $0.28
 Stayfree Maxi Pads $6.99 28 $0.25
7th Generation ultra thin maxi pads $4.29 18 $0.24
 Natracare Organic Cotton Maxis $4.69 12 $0.39
 Kotex Maxi Pads w/wings $7.99 28 $0.29
 Playtex regular tampons $9.99 36 $0.28
Tampax Pearl tampons (applicator) $8.99 40 $0.22
OB non applicator tampons $7.39 40 $0.18
Seventh Generation tampons $5.19 20 $0.26
 Instead Cup $9.49 24 $0.40
       
 Reusable Products  Price @ Lunapads.com  Use Frequency (1)   Life (2)
 Lunapads Pantyliners $10.99 3 times/week 5 yrs
 Lunapads Mini Pad & Liner  $14.99 (includes 1 liner) 3 times/month 5 yrs
Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner  $16.99 (includes 1 liner) 3 times/month 5 yrs
 Lunapads Long Pad & Liner  $18.99 (includes 1 liner) 3 times/month 5 yrs
 The DivaCup $35.00 4 x/day, 5 days/mo. 2 years

 Wow! 😯 Environmental merit + cost = awesome to get reusable ones!

And because they’re organic and not made with yucky chemicals, it doesn’t cause any skin irritations! Yeay!

They’re super-easy to use, very comfy, and it’s just fun to know that I’m helping by simpling putting them in the washing machine! (I soak them in water and wash it out first) They’re a bit pricy ($80 for mine. Wooosh!) 8O, but it’s worth it if it last for that long. 🙂

They have sale products, too, so check them out here!

And I also found a more local one called Amy’s Rag Bag!

They’re A LOT cheaper, and they’re handmade!! I talked to the owner (she was selling them at the Farmer’s Market), and she was very friendly!

Amy’s is a lot easier to use (no changing pads), but you have to add more pads below the pad to make it more secure. So it depends on what you like and how much money you’re willing to spend on it. But I like them both in their own ways. 🙂 I use the lunapads when I’m on my period, and I use Amy’s when I”m just about done with it.

Have you tried them before? Or do you know another company like this? If you do, please share! I’d love to find and try new pads!

And lunapads will give you free stickers when you order (and a leaflet too, but I didn’t want one), and a coupon too.

It’s said that “Having a few nice-looking, comfortable pads can help you make peace with your cycle. Many women who switch to reusables develop more pride and respect for their bodies.” I can proudly say that this is true. I feel more comfortable, and I really enjoy when my period comes!! 😀

So if you have any stories like this, please share!

Now I’m off to sleep with my new VegNews magazine! I subscribed to it, and I love it! 😀

Are you subscribed to any magazines? If so, what? I’m now going to be subscribed to Women’s Health! I love their workout plans and eats! (it motivates me more to be healthy and go to the gym more often!)

Have a good day and thaaaaaaaaanks for coming! 🙂

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Comments on: "Environmentally-Friendly What?!" (10)

  1. Those look pretty cool! I’ve always wanted to be more environmentally friendly when it comes to my period but.. well, I love my tampons too much. Can someone please invent a tampon that disposes? Like, make it out of something that you can throw in the compost. How cool would that be?!? So cool!

    I’m not subscribed to any magazines but I would love to subscribe to VegNews or Oxygen. 🙂

    • Thanks! Girl! There’s a reusable-tanpon-like product out there too! Check this out! http://www.divacup.com/ But yes, compostable would be pretty cool, too! 😉

      VegNews is pretty shnazzy! You get all these info (especially a lot about food!) about veganism! It makes me feel good and strong about being vegan 🙂

  2. Wooo, well done you! I really want to make this change in my life, but I’m staying with my mum at the moment and she says ‘not in my washing machine’ so I have to wait till I move *sigh*

    @ Ayla, can you get these tampons where you are? They’re the best eco-compromise me and my ladyfriends have found (although I don’t use tampons, my friend does and says these are good!) http://www.spiritofnature.co.uk/Category-Body_and_Skincare-Feminine_Hygiene.aspx?gclid=CNemxtyciaUCFc0_4wodbwhBPA

    • Ahh! I’m sorry! 😦 But can’t you wash them before you put them in the washer?? (that’s what I do). (and I’m glad that I’m not the only one out there who doesn’t use tampons) Now you have another thing to look forward to when you move out! When are you? Do you know?

  3. Hi Sagojyou!
    Thanks for the mention. We love that you are sharing your experience with “Ditching the Disposables” with your readers. Another way to save money on Lunapads is by “Liking” us on Facebook. We are sending out a promo code to all our fans for 15% OFF this week!

  4. Yeah, I could, I have explained all of this to my mum, but she can’t cope (clean freak!) I put my fabric hankies in the washing machine and that about tips her over the edge!
    I keep having starts and stops when it comes to moving, houses keep falling through and stuff, but I’m looking for something for after xmas now, yey 🙂

    • Really? Ahh, some people are more sensitive than others 🙂 At least she lets you do it!
      Ah, I see. Cool! I hope you take lots of pictures of it!

  5. I am not using tampons either…never understand/don’t want to use it..too scared..haha. Hmm I love my disposable pads too much..so convenient and not to mention I already hate washing blood stains from my underwear already and the thought of washing blood from the pads just not appealing to me.
    I want to be environmentally friendly but at the same time I seem can’t give up the convenience ;p Oh well I’m a bias haha…anyway it’s first time me seeing a reusable pads

    • lol Same. I don’t understand (why people use it) either. Ahh, I see where you’re coming from. If you use compostable ones (mentioned in the comment section by Sooz), I’ll still like you lol 🙂 Really? You’ve never seen one before? Quite amazing, huh? 😉

  6. Sure, you can buy pads from LunaPads or other people, but you can make your own too! It`s actually quite easy, it doesn`t take much to make them (you can sew them by hand too), and you can make them whatever size you need. I used to have links to a couple of great pages that explain how to make them but I don`t have them anymore. Nonetheless you can probably easily find information on DIY reusable pads. I plan on making some of my own soon.

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