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« on: March 19, 2008 09:11:11 PM »

many of you may have seen the always and tampax ads about young women in africa missing school because they don't have adequate menstrual supplies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw5Sth65_zs

well, rather than giving a developing country a bunch of disposable plastic waste, it obviously makes a lot more sense to provide them with washable, reusable pads that they will never run out of.

check out http://www.goods4girls.org/ to donate new, hand-made cloth pads. they are based in seattle.

i'm going to set the goal of making at least one per month out of my scrap fabric. join me! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 09:16:54 PM »

you know I thought that exact thing when I saw those commercials....this is a great idea!  I've been wanting to make some reuseable pads even though I am past needing them (you never know what will catch your crafty interest sometimes...)  thanks for the link Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008 11:25:16 PM »

YEAH!! I *just* came across this on the net, and knew I had to come share it on Craftster, knowing I have seen some amazingly talented women stitching up reusable pads and liners!!

Thank you SO much k8kre8s for posting this. It is such rewarding task. 1)Help someone who truly needs it, 2)save our planet, 3)bust your stash, 4)do good, feel good!

As soon as I am able, I will join the band wagon, for myself, for my daughter, for you, yours and all women!! YEAH!!


PS, and aren't we fortunate enough that we have Craftster and it's amazing group of people to provide us with tutorials too??!!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231658.0
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008 01:24:36 PM »

Wow what a fantastic idea!  As soon as I have enough cash to buy some supplies I'll be sewing like a banshee! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008 01:29:11 PM »

Ya that commercial never really made much sense to me. The World didn't stop when women had their periods before Tampax.  And I find it hard to believe that women in the village didn't stop to think of using reusable strips of fabric on their own. It leads me to believe its more likely to be a cultural thing, like menstrating is gross and will infect the school with the nasties. Its definately worth more investigation.
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008 09:04:36 AM »

Thanks so much for the link and wonderful idea!  I can't wait to get started on these.  I've already spread the word to my crafty friends!
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008 03:34:30 AM »

I find this a bit odd...i'm sure they must have traditional ways of takign care of their menstruation. And while you could say it's about 'nasties' infecting other people, maybe they are encouraged to stay in etc to benefit themselves! i'd love to have to stay put in my house at that time of the month.
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2008 08:00:41 PM »

I find this a bit odd...i'm sure they must have traditional ways of takign care of their menstruation. And while you could say it's about 'nasties' infecting other people, maybe they are encouraged to stay in etc to benefit themselves! i'd love to have to stay put in my house at that time of the month.

Actually, they don't do it for the benefit of the girls.  Even if *you* find the idea of staying home during your period appealing, these girls end up missing a lot of school.  And, like the commercial said, it can lead to them dropping out and not getting an education.  I don't think keeping women(or anyone) uneducated should ever be the right way to go.  Plus, they want to be able to go to school and their "traditional" ways of dealing with menstruation are obviously not making it easy for them.  So, why not help them?
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008 07:12:00 AM »

I just find it hard to believe that these people are so dense they can't figure out that they could just reuse a rag downstairs every month. It must be something cultural. I can't help but feel that the commercial is BS to make women feel that the tampons they buy are doing good for the world, creating more sales.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008 11:22:21 AM »

would it?  Huh why? I would love to stay home because a period generally lasts a few days a week - and mine are heavy, painful and debilitating. I really don't see how three-four days of one week per month are making tehse girls drop out of school.
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