Love you more with a cloth pad!

You might already have heard about physical and environmental benefits using cloth pads, like reducing waste, safer material, reduce skin irritations, etc etc…

What I love the most about using cloth menstrual pads is, you are given a chance to treat and know what your body doing.

Since I starts using cloth pads, I touch and wash off my blood  every time.
For the first couple of times, I felt “Yuck!” feeling to be honest.
All those feeling has gone shortly, and it sounds wired but I just love it now!

Yes, I love my period.
I like to check how my flow was like and how difference from last time.
I feel dealing with period with seeing, touching and smelling are a great way to love yourself more.
To accept period.
To accept and blessed being as a woman.
To accept whole of me.

It is sad that disposable pad is not only taken this opportunity but also damp it as if it’s annoying things that you don’t want to have it.

Please enjoy your moon days as it is a sacred and blessing function that we are given for every single, beautiful woman on this planet.

And, for moms of daughters, your little girls are seeing the way you take care of your moon days!

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Pop-up shop in Vancouver, Feb 12!

Eco Moon Pad will be in Vancouver on Sun., Feb. 12

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Are you interested in or curious about washable menstrual pads that are made of organic heavy flannel cotton and with natural plants dyes? Yui has put a lot of love and energy into them. They are so earth and body friendly, too!

 

The organic heavy flannel cotton is unbelievably soft and delicate, and her eye pillows are amazing, too.

 

Eco Moon Pad is based in Squamish and sells her products online and at summer markets there.
Don’t miss this opportunity! She’ll be bringing her products and waiting to see you at Tama Organic Life store.

 

Sunday, February 12th, 12pm-3pm
Tama Organic Life (2828 E Hastings St #102, Vancouver)

Sakura dye

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In my yard, there is a beautiful Sakura tree.

It blooms gorgeously in the spring, that reminds me of my childhood in Japan.

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After enjoying beautiful blossom, I wonder what colour the Sakura tree wants to show.
Dye from plants, usually makes different colour from their appearance.

So, I collected red leaves and branches right before they fall off, and put them into dye pot.

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Just heating the leaves and branches, it’s not strong enough to dye fabric.
With a secret sprinkle of soda ash, the dye water gets deeper and brighter !

It’s interesting that the dye bath is brownish at the beginning but as many as you change water and heat the material, it becomes reddish.
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I tried Myrobalan and Oak gal for pre-dye for cotton fabric to add on tannin.
I like Oak gal is better as Myrobalan can make color a bit dull.

 

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Left: Iron mordant, Right:Alum mordant

 

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Sakura Scarf

 

I make Sakura dyed Eco moon pad when the source is available.
I like Madder and Lac which make beautiful bright colors, however, a gentle colour like Sakura makes me feel safe and relived like enjoying tea at a quiet cafe.
Also it’s great to observe your flow as blood is more visible than Madder or Lac.

I like using naturally harvested materials for my dye projects.
You don’t expect too much to make a specific color, in a specific shade, instead enjoy how the plants want to express whatever it shows at the end.

It a peaceful opportunity to listen what the nature wants to talk to me.
Their voice is so quiet but determined.  All I need is acceptance.

Natural dye x Organic cotton

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It’s such a joy to work with natural dye.
And organic cotton.

Both warm, gentle and simple.

I understand quality is important.
However, dealing with organic cotton and natural dye, there are always some uneveness and different shade of color every batch, which is because they are natural, and  being produced with safer practice with little use of toxic chemicals.

We are so much used to nicely shaped and bright vegetables at groccery store.
We are so much used to get rid of stuff that is odd shape or tiny stains even you can eat them with no problem.

In natural world, living things including human are not perfect .

Well, actually we are all perfect as is, if we can accept that.

I hope you could enjoy the quality of cotton and natural dye that keep your body and heart warm.

Benefit of cotton warmth

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Have you ever heard that a cloth menstrual pad can reduce discomfort during moondays such as skin irritation, dumpiness and odor?
Moreover, it improves quality of moon days and reduce monthly clamping?
Wow. Is it true? Why?
Is it true that the disposable pad contains toxins that affects on quality of menstruation?
Well, Let me talk from my and my clients experience. It is true that with using a cloth pad, it is highly likely to improve your quality of moon days and reduce discomforts.
Why?
At first, because a cloth pad is made of cotton. It is breathable.
So it physically helps to reduce itchiness, dumpiness and odor.
Plastic sheet vs 100% cotton. Make sense.
What about reducing monthly clamping and improving quality?
It sounds like too good to be true. Right?
This is because, from my observation,  the warmth from cotton keeps body warm.
I mean, warmth like snuggling in flannel blanket that makes your body relax.
I feel my womb is relaxed. I believe, this warmth helps to improve quality of moon days. Having said that, I feel cold when I use a disposable pad, and it makes my body tighten up.
I had been suffering from severe clamping in my 20’s. It was tough.
Now, it is gone. Wow.
Please don’t get me wrong.
I am not intended to focus on “effects” of cloth pad. I just want you, -every woman- to feel the warmth from cotton and feel difference.
Your body will talk you eventually. Keep your body warm!
♪The GOT certified organic cotton is used for all ECO MOON PAD products. Each pad is hand-dyed with natural dye by me. Gentle on your body, mind and Earth.