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An Earth Day Challenge – and a Giveaway to Help Get you Started! (US/CAN ~ CLOSED)

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Happy Earth Day!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the awesome guest posts of the past few days (one more coming up tomorrow!) – personally I love seeing all these real life stories of women who have made the switch to reusable products for ‘that time of the month’ – it’s inspiring and encouraging to know how many have happily made this choice.

And today on Earth Day, I extend the challenge to you.

It was just about 3 years ago today that I closed my eyes and jumped in – it’s hard for me to fathom it now, but it really was a difficult decision to give up those pads and tampons. I wasn’t confident that reusable products would really work for my heavy periods. I thought it might be a little too gross. It seemed like a lot of money to pay up front.

But the more I realized how bad those toss away products are for the earth – and for my body – the more I leaned toward taking that plunge. And once I finally did…well, ever since then I’ve wanted nothing but to share how amazing these products are!

It’s hard to say why, exactly…I don’t make or manufacture or sell reusable products – there’s no monetary gain for me. I certainly don’t judge anyone who chooses not to.

  • But I do know what long, tough, heavy periods can be like.
  • I have personally experienced changes for the better in my cycle after using these products for 3 years now. My periods are shorter, my PMS symptoms are less. I’m no expert but I don’t doubt that this switch – along with removing other chemicals and toxins from my home – have greatly contributed to these changes.
  • I’ve been so helped to know that with my diva cup, I can trust 99.9% of the time that I won’t have a leak – something I could never depend on with the most robust of tampons.
  • I know my pads are always there in the house when I need them – no running out to the store in a panic on the chance of running out.
  • I feel confident that I am no longer exposing some of my most tender parts to chemicals during the part of the month I – and my body – feels most vulnerable
  • I love that I haven’t spent any money on pads or tampons in THREE YEARS – that the pads I bought then are still going strong, and that a $50 menstrual cup purchased once a year is peanuts compared to what I was spending before, every month.
  • I feel proud that I am no longer contributing pad and tampon waste to landfills – or the ocean, which is where a lot of them end up.
  • I feel great about the fact that my daughter will be exposed to these products as normal from an early age, and hopefully will have neither need nor desire to use anything else – a serious contribution I am able to make to her reproductive health.

All of these things help give me a peace around my cycle. It is more natural – more in tune with the earth. Not always easier – but I am happy to have anything that can help! And that is something I want for myself – and for my daughter – and for any of you who may be reading this and wondering if this could be for you.

So back to that challenge…

It always helps to have a friendly little push when you’re thinking about doing something a little scary. :)

First, some discount codes for you:

Moms Crafts 4 U  has offered free shipping through May 15 to Becoming Crunchy readers – use the code ZEROSHIPPING on checkout from her Etsy store to take advantage of this deal.

Mama Kloth is offering 10% off all products until April 30 – use the code BECOMINGCRUNCHY on checkout from her Etsy shop to get this deal.

And for those of you who are still a little unsure – I am offering a giveaway. I will buy the winner a starter set of cloth pads – the vendor will be of my choosing and will depend on where you live – but this will be your chance to give them a try with no strings attached.

This giveaway is for those of you who have not tried these products before – please be on your honour. To be entered to win, simply leave a comment telling me why you want to try cloth pads (and/or what is holding you back from doing so).

For one bonus entry, share this post on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.

If you already use reusable menstrual products, I am happy for you to enter this giveaway on behalf of a friend or family member if you would like to gift them with a starter set of cloth pads. If you are entering with this intention, please leave a comment telling me who you will be gifting them to and why. One bonus entry for sharing on Facebook – leave another comment saying you did so.

If you still have questions or would like to learn more about what cloth pads, menstrual cups and sponges are really like, and how you can start feeling better about your cycle in general, please check out the many posts I’ve shared here – there is truly a wealth of information from a whole community of women.

This Earth Day, I challenge you to give it a try – even for just one month. I hope you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was with your experience.

Giveaway closes May 1, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random. If I perceive you are not playing by the rules you will be disqualified. See full giveaway rules here. Good luck!

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35 Responses to “An Earth Day Challenge – and a Giveaway to Help Get you Started! (US/CAN ~ CLOSED)”

  • janelle says:

    I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 15. I have always had heavy and very loooong periods which were accompanied by the most horrific cramps. I literally spent 3 days a month in bed. Since having children it has gotten better, but I do still spend atleast 1 day every month confined to my bed. I have been interested in mama cloth ever since I started using cloth diapers on my children. It just makes sense. The up front cost scares me a little though…

  • Monique says:

    I would love to try MCP’s, but the cost is holding me back :(

  • Elaine says:

    To be honest, I’ve thought about going cloth for a while, but your recent posts were what sparked my current interest & inspired me to actually buy some. I’ve been held back by the upfront expense & the seemingly uncleanliness of reusables, but I’m starting to think they’ll be cleaner as I am in control of cleaning them, touching them & what chemicals touch them. Even if don’t wim the giveaway, I can’t wait for my new cloth to get here! Thanks so much for giving me the extra encouragement I needed!

  • Moira says:

    During our five year battle with infertility we removed as many of the toxins from our lives that we could. Now that our little blessing has arrived I would love to get rid of the awful pads, but I am still a little skeptical about their efficacy.

  • Moira says:

    Shared on Facebook from your FB post.

  • Elaine says:

    Shared on FB & twitter!

  • Theresa Douglass says:

    I would love to win some momma cloth!! I’ve been wanting to get some forever, but something always comes up and it’s just not in the budget. Whether or not I win I’m going to have to invest in some soon. Then my house will be officially toxin free :)

  • Leelah says:

    I would love to try resusable pads. I’m all about reducing my carbon footprint but on top of that we live on 1 income since we made the decision to stay home with our lil ones. So I’ve had to change my whole perspective on how we spend money. We started canning, and I make my own laundry soap and cleaning supplies. I make baby wipes and next baby will be all cloth not just part time. I think this would be another great step to becoming more sustainable. What’s holding me back… The upfront cost that we can’t afford, and the not good experience I had with diva cup. I would LOVE to try this. I think I’m ready
    Leelah recently posted..Sick of Me

  • Pj says:

    This is one area of out home I haven’t greened yet, mostly because I don’t know anything about it, but would love to find out! :). Happy Earth Day!

  • Jan says:

    I’ve been afraid to try mama cloths because of my heavy period and the “ick factor”…but at the same time, I’ve been very intrigued by all the testimonials I’ve read. the cost is a problem, too…we’re on a VERY tight budget, so winning mama cloths would be an AWESOME way to try a product I’m curious about!!!

  • Shawn says:

    I made the switch to a Diva Cup last summer, and I have been loving it ever since. I would love to be able to go even further and use cloth as a backup, but as a single mom with no income (I’m currently a student trying to fix that…) I just can’t justify spending that much money if I don’t know that they will work for me. Right now I am only using a small box of liners every few months, so it’s more economically feasible to continue using them, despite the fact that I think they are causing some issues. That you for the chance to change that! I very much appreciate the giveaway, even if I’m not the winner. It’s an awesome thing for you to do! Humans never fail to amaze me in their generosity.

  • Julia says:

    I love that you are doing this! So awesome! I am entering for my cousin. I would love to get her started on cloth pads! She is naturally minded but hasn’t taken this step yet.

  • Julia says:

    I shared on FB via my fan page A Little Bit of All of It (and plan on sharing on my personal page as well tomorrow. :))

  • Chelsey says:

    I have been considering making the switch since I cloth diaper my daughter and love it; I basically figured if I can cloth diaper, then why can’t I use mama cloth? My immediate concern of course was if I could tolerate throwing a used pad into my wash, but the more I thought about it the more I figured it could not be much different than tossing a soiled diaper in there. But the biggest thing keeping me from transitioning is our tight budget. I would love to eliminate those irritating disposables that make me dread that time of the month!

  • Jessica Poston says:

    I’ve wanted to try cloth pads(and the diva cup!) for years, but just never made the leap to actually buying them. I guess it’s a combination of the upfront cost, and not feeling confident that they’d work effectively.

  • I would love to try out reusable menstrual products! The reason I haven’t yet, is two-fold – I only recently got my periods back after breastfeeding Jesse for two years (considered it before his birth, but never took the steps to get going), and its a bit of an outlay to get set up – which I cant afford at the moment, so holding thumbs! ;)

  • Delena says:

    I love this!! I’ve been using my Keeper since 2001. $20 spent once, twelve years ago, and it’s still going strong. I love it! I have the occasional leak since having my daughter, even though I did buy the after-birth version, but as time goes by those get less frequent as I return to my regular shape.

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway for my friend’s daughter. She’s approaching that age, and even though they’re both ecologically-minded as well, they still look at me kinda funny when I wax poetic about my Keeper. They can’t quite wrap their minds around reusable products for THAT, ifyaknowwhatImean.

    There are so many things to love about it, and I also want to buy her a special crock to soak them, so she can use the water for their garden. I think once they see how amazing it is (and how much better they feel!), they’ll wonder how they never considered it before.
    Delena recently posted..Book Spotlight: Kitten by Angelica Dawson

  • tatania says:

    I would gift these to my sister!! She would love to try reuseable pads!

  • Andrew F. says:

    Saw this post on my facebook news feed. So I decided to enter it for my wife. I would gift her this for Mothers day.. She has been telling me she has wanted to try reuseable pads and I keep telling her no. It would be a nice surprise.

  • Andrew F. says:

    Shared on my Facebook as well. My male friends will think I am crazy.

  • lace says:

    I would like to enter for my niece. To be able to get her started with cloth from the beginning would be wonderful.

  • Breanna says:

    I would like to try some mama cloth. I always get bad reactions from pads!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’d like to enter for my daughter who just started her monthly cycle and would love for her to go this route.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nancy says:

    I am entering for my sister. She is very curious as to why I do it, but she is not sold. If I gave her a started pack, I know she would be hooked!

  • Nancy says:

    Shared :)

  • Keri S says:

    I so want to try reusable pads! & a diva cup!

  • kristi says:

    I hate the thought of being the cause of so much waste over the course of my life by using disposable products. I’ve wanted to try cloth for a long time!

  • kristi says:

    Shared on FB!

  • Amanda says:

    I would like to enter for my friend Amy. She has been interested in trying cloth for a while now, ever since I started, but has never been financially able to and I would love to get her started. Plus, her birthday was two days ago. :)

  • Cathy says:

    Boo! I missed it. I was searching for information today and came across your website. I would like to try cloth but I am hesitating because it seems messy and like it might leak. If you have another giveaway I would love to try :)

    • Kelly says:

      I try to have one every year around Earth Day. :)

      I use them in conjunction with a diva cup on heavy days and alone on lighter days; never really have issues with mess or leaking.

  • Kye says:

    I find disposable pads really uncomfortable.there sweaty,unbreathable and plain awful .i hate having my periods because of it and im dreading the summer.iv brought menstrual cups but when I told my mum she said I’m not aloud to use it because I’m a virgin despite me trying to educate her about them so I had to re-sell them ,I’m a student ,I have no income and suffer from heavy long periods therefore I can’t afford to use cloth pads .my birthday is in June so this would be a great gift

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