Everyone else who entered, please check your inbox for a small consolation prize from Lunapads!
Let me tell you, you ladies did not make picking a winner easy! Just know that I had to narrow it down several times, and then ask for help judging the final three comments! The top three answers were all so close, I honestly wish I could have given them all a Sampler Pack.
I thank you all so, so much for your amazing responses to my questions. The number of comments I received for this contest overwhelmed me, and reading each and every one of your answers was a personal reward for me. If nothing else, this post will be a great resource for women considering making the switch from disposable to reusable menstrual products! They will find 67 incredible reasons why from smart, passionate, amazing women.
Jeanna’s response won because she brought to light something I had never thought of before – the fact that despite the media latching on to the eco-friendly trend and encouraging going green with a multitude of different suggested lifestyle changes, using alternative menstrual products is seldom (if ever) mentioned.
Which explains why a middle aged mother of three like Jeanna could have gone so long without ever hearing of a Divacup or a Lunapad.
She also succeeded in giving me and several other judges a good laugh, which, coupled with the thought of her passing her newfound reusables knowledge (and maybe some of her Sampler Pack) onto her daughter, helped us to make our decision.
Jeanna’s winning comment* is below. I encourage you all to read it, as well as to read all of the wonderful comments on the Lunapads Contest Giveaway post, as they are refreshing, inspirational, and just plain old good advice from women, for women.
“Why didn’t somebody tell me this before??!!!
I don’t mean to complain, but honestly, I am a middle aged well educated mother of 3… Would it really have been so difficult?
I went green. I recycle. I bring all my bags to the grocery store with me. I buy yogurt in the quart tub. I walk when I can. I turn off the light when I leave the room.
Would it really have been so hard for someone to say, ‘Hey, there are alternatives. Have you heard of… Have you tried this?’ I have watched Matt, Al, Meredith and Ann recycle, reduce and reuse for a year now. They have redone my house, my car, my pets and my childrens lunchbox. I have watched Diane, Robin, Sam and Chris correct my paper bills to electronic, stop junk mail, and recycle my old computer parts.
Any one of them could have said, ‘Hey, look at this, a diva cup!’ (Particularly Diane… She can say anything.) Or how about, ‘Disposable pads and tampons? What are they thinking? Wow, look at these fabrics… They are gorgeous!’
So here I sit… A 40-year-old brand new cup convert. Thinking about how much more comfortable those cloth pads must be than ‘the old way’. (Isn’t that an ironic statement?) Picturing in my mind’s eye my daughter, headed to health class, and hearing her ask the teacher, ‘What about cloth pads and a cup? That is the way you are supposed to take care of yourself AND Mother Earth…'”
*This comment has been edited for typographical errors