Chatting with Madeleine Shaw, Founder of Lunapads

In 2010, was selected as one of Vancouver Mom’s 30 Ultimate Vancouver Mom Blogs, which was immensely flattering. Vancouver Mom threw a party to celebrate, but I wasn’t able to make it because Jacob was still at the stage where he refused to fall asleep without me. But once you’re named you’re invited to the party every year, so this year the invitation came into my inbox again. And when I saw that the amazing Madeleine Shaw would be attending, I knew I had to go, if only to meet her.

Madeleine Shaw of Lunapads Reusable Cloth Menstrual PadsMadeleine is one of the mamas behind Lunapads, a Vancouver-based company that manufactures and sells reusable cloth menstrual pads. Together with her business partner, Suzanne Siemens, she’s helped to spread the message about eco-positive periods for over 10 years. I myself have used Lunapads since 2006, when I bought my first few pads from Suzanne at a local craft fair. But I’d never met Madeleine, and I just had this sense that she would be great to talk to, so I accosted her at the Vancouver Mom event and took her card.

Madeleine and I talked about how she got her start as an entrepreneur, and how Lunapads has grown and evolved. We talked about the hows and whys of reusable cloth menstrual pads, and how she got started using them herself. We discussed the Pads4Girls initiative, and chatted about what it’s like to attend a traditional business event and explain to a guy in a suit that you make cloth pads for a living. It was a really fabulous conversation, and I think I could have talked to Madeleine for hours. I hope you’ll take the time to listen to it yourself here:

Hipster Lunapanties Reusable Cloth Menstrual PadsAfter our chat Madeleine sent me a pair of Lunapanties to try out. I got the hipster style, and I had a chance to use them during my last period (because, yes, I menstruate). I really love them, I must say, and I’m sort of sad that I have only one pair. I also have a Lunapads sampler pack I received at the Vancouver Mom party, but since Madeleine was kind enough to send me the Lunapanties, I’ve decided to give it away to someone. It contains one mini pantyliner, one maxi pad and two liners. If you’d like to try some Lunapads yourself, leave me a comment below before next Saturday, July 23. I’ll pick a winner at random and pop it in the mail. NOTE: The contest is now closed.

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  1. I would like to try them!

  2. Oh! I would love to try some Lunapads. I’m a cup user but there is always room for other earth and body friendly menstrual products in my life!
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  3. I would love to win!

  4. Trying desperately to wean off disposable pads, but the expense in either time or $$… 🙁 🙁 yeah.
    Katie B.’s last post … IgorinaMy Profile

  5. Julia @ A Little Bit of All of It

    I would love the sampler pack!

  6. Cristen says:

    Would love to win this! :o)

  7. those sound wonderufl and sadly, I am still menstrating and would love try them out.
    Heather’s last post … Ode To The Vegitable I Want To Be At TimesMy Profile

  8. I would love some more lunapads.

  9. Would love a sampler pack. My daughter has asked for some (not yet had her menarche) after she saw one of mine. 🙂
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  10. victoria says:

    I love luna pads! i have been hesitent to try teh panities amber so your review has me thinking! I have had mone for a few years now – i also love that lunpads give back to girls- i hope to get kate started on lunapads ( in a few years!!) and have her never experience disposables!

  11. I would love to try these! I have been meaning to get some for years, but not sure I can handle cloth diapers AND cloth pads at the same time. My youngest should be out of diapers soon, so this would be great timing!

  12. paganista says:

    I’d love to win, I really want to switch to mamacloth, just haven’t had the money yet.

  13. I would love to try this brand! 🙂

  14. I would like to try these.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Allison says:

    Would LOVE to have the sample pack! I’m a fan of Luna Pads myself.

  16. I would LOVE to try these! I’ve been debating the switch to cloth for a long time and would love to check it out without having to invest!

  17. I’m in the process of trying to switch over (with a young travellers budget!) and it’s publicity and media such as this that really helps out! I’d love to win to get started on my own LunaRevolution!

  18. Brittany R. says:

    Throwing my hat in the ring as well! I’m already on board with the Diva Cup and have been meaning to switch to cloth pads too.

  19. I think the Lunapads would be interesting to try. I can only imagine how big of an impact it would have on the environment.
    Wendy Irene’s last post … Top Picks for Christmas in JulyMy Profile

  20. nikki murray says:

    Oooooh. This sounds awesome. How would one explain that you make and sell pads…when our society tries so hatd to forget that menstrating exists? (See always or kotex commercials were they do verbal gymnastics to avoid actually mentioning a period or blood). Eco positive and woman positive. Sign me up!

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