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For Women Only (not really but I thought it sounded good)

by Suzanne - June 2nd, 2010.
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We have all seen the heart wrenching ads that show a little girl in Africa who can’t go to school once a month because she has her period. I never knew that problem existed, but it makes sense, if you don’t have basics, why would you have pads and tampons.

Here is my admission, I don’t like pads and tampons, the disposable kind anyways, because well I don’t like disposable things in general, I also don’t like what they are made out of and if they are going to be THAT close to me I want them to be clean and free of harsh chemicals.

So sending disposable sanitary products to places where they don’t have garbage removal doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, and what are they going to do when they run out, then we will have to ship more over, so really sending a box is not solving a problem, it could very well be creating a new one instead.

Did you know that online you can buy what is referred to as mama cloth? It means that they are cloth reusable washable pads for your period. Before you run screaming for the hills, you should probably hear me out. I know what I am talking about I have used them for 5+ years, they are easy to care for, easy to wear and in my opinion much more comfortable than disposable plastic ones. I started using them when we were trying to get pregnant, there is talk of tampons messing up your cycle with all the chemicals in them and since you are putting them in direct contact with your insides, anything in them enters your body right away, do not pass go do not collect $200, straight into you. Do you know what is in your tampons? you should probably figure it out.

I started sewing, I started sewing my own, they turned out well, I started selling them, then I had 2 boys and my creative time dried up a bit. But I am now wanting to be more creative, use my stash of material and make things with my hands again. So there is a need and I can help fill it.

A lady online is collecting mama cloth hoping to get 200 for an orphanage in Ethiopia that her friend is going to June the 12th to pick up her 2 new daughters she is adopting, the orphanage has requested mama cloth for the remaining girls, saying that they have nothing, NOTHING to manage there periods with. They do literally miss school because of it, and since they can miss 20%, they are more likely to drop out. This can be fixed, this is a tangible need we can help with.

So a bunch of us online said this is wrong and we can help. I had a wonderful group of women over last night, once a month we meet and work on creative projects, mostly we are all doing our own thing, but we can visit while doing it. This time we all worked on mama cloth together, it was fun and we completed 42 pads. Aren’t they lovely, well as lovely as a pad can be.This is a close up of a couple, they have minkee toppers and they are super soft, with snap closures.

We had fun picking out the fabrics.

And here is all 42 of them piled together!! I’m so excited to be a part of this, we are only contributing 42 but combine that with all of the other donations and we are up to 600 pads, enough to help 3 orphanages.

So thanks ladies for being a great team, let’s do it again sometime soon.

If you want more information on this product, visit Luna Pads They have tons of info and you can order from them, they have also donated there pads, time and materials and patterns to help others for years.

You can also visit  Days for Girls they have a website that explains the problems very well.

7 Responses to For Women Only (not really but I thought it sounded good)

  1. Way to go, Suzanne! That is such a wonderful thing for you guys to do!

  2. That is a great idea!! I’m glad you are using your creative juices to help someone in such need. You make me proud.

  3. I have been using these kind of pads as well, for sometime. Still not at night but hey some is better then none.

    You should consider selling your pads on etsy.com sometime. That is where I get mine. It is mostly all homemade stuff. Luv it!

    And let me know your price. I may get some more.

    I also use cloth panty liners and luv luv them.

  4. I found you through Simple Organic, I just want to say you rule! What a great idea :) I agree it is a better idea than sending conventional pads and tampons, because then the girls depend on the supply over time. Now you just gave them something to use for years!
    I use a menstrual cup instead of pads, I suppose those are not as easy to send, but maybe you could try it yourself! I love it :)

  5. What a great way to spend a night! Wish I was closer to help.

  6. oh we would have loved to have had you!

  7. Awesome Suzanne!

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