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A photo from 1993 - Madeleine sits at a table displaying Lunapads products at an event.

The Lunapads/Aisle Backstory

A lot of people ask about the earliest points of inspiration for Lunapads (our company’s and product’s original name): where did the idea come from, back in the early 90s, long before it hit the mainstream radar?
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Madeleine Shaw stands on a beach holding a copy of her book, The Greater Good

Hey - I wrote a book!

Our Co-Founder Madeleine Shaw wrote a book! The Greater Good is both a source of inspiration and encouragement, and a practical resource for starting and running a successful project, business or nonprofit organization. 
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A photo of an Aisle pad and menstrual cup on a chair. Overlaid are the following logos: Free Periods Canada Foundation, Aisle, the Mahwari Research Institute and Map The System Canada

Obstacles to Students Using Reusable Menstrual Products: The Current Reality & Ways Forward

What stops students from using more sustainable and/or reusable menstrual products, and how we can promote sustainability while reducing period poverty?
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A mother in a white T-shirt holding a black mug sitting with her daughter on a bed. They're looking at each other and smiling, as if mid-conversation.

Sexuality Chats in the Back to School Season

There’s never a bad time to discuss sexuality and identity with your children. But it’s normal to be intimidated by when and how to bring it up. Thankfully, back-to-school might just be the perfect opportunity to start the conversation.
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An image of a painting on a wall. The painting depicts three people, seen from the neck up, their eyes covered with a red cloth. Photo by Vulvani – www.vulvani.com

Why We Need Better Menstrual Health Education

Stigma, shame & bullying -  these are the fruits of society’s decision to avoid talking about menstrual health.
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Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Creating a world where all can thrive means acknowledging how dual marginalization, the wealth gap, the cost and access of education, and occupational segregation have cost Black women tens of thousands of dollars each year.
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The Environmental Impact of Disposable Pads

The Environmental Impact of Disposable Pads

In the United States, approximately 12 billion disposable pads are thrown away each year. In Canada, disposable pad sales increased to $258.21 million CAD in 2020. Globally, disposable pads have a market value of $23.9 million USD, projected to rise to $28 million by 2024.
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What The Fibroids

WTF - What the Fibroids!?

It can be concerning or even scary to hear the “F-word” - fibroids, that is - from your medical provider. For many individuals, hearing the word fibroids comes with a lot of uncertainty on the what, why, and how you got them.
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Small Ways to Make a Difference

Small Ways to Make a Difference

Feeling a little down from the constant onslaught of frankly overwhelming news recently? Here are some small actions you can take that really do make a difference. 
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The State of the Tampon Tax

The State of the Tampon Tax

It's been six years since The Year of the Period. How much progress has been made since then on the Tampon Tax, and how far is left to go?
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Five Young Climate Activists You Should Know

Five Young Climate Activists You Should Know

When people hear the phrase "Youth Climate Activist", many will immediately think of Greta Thunberg. And while she's done some amazing activism, it’s important to remember that she isn’t alone!
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