A big thank you note!

”Thank you Pirai.. happy to know that there’s an alternative.. ”
”Thank you mam.. I never knew that the pad we use takes hundreds of years to decompose..”
”Thank you Abhirami, great to know that we found someone to speak about these hitherto a ‘secret talk ‘ ”
” wow..!! Do you customize? I was searching desperately for someone who can make my own personal product to suit my body…a big thank you..”
” I have been fighting these rashes for decades now .. can you ship to UK? ”
” I was making my own pads at home losing all hope of finding a good procuct to suit my needs.. do you ship to Australia? ”
” Thank you for taking this initiative .. I would like to spread the word among my circles too .. can you help me? Where to start? ”
” Feeling great that I found a way to reduce my plastic footage.. i was in deep guilt every month…thanks a lot.. ”

And for all these, we from ‘Pirai ‘, Thank pavan.. Pavan Manikanta Kumar.. and the The Logical Indian for taking our story across the country and beyond…
Thank you for all the words…
We are making visible ripples ..❤

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Our new addition..

The pack of 3 pads!

We are very happy with how the pouch has come out! A simple design, easy to stitch and elegant. All thanks to Kali Akka, our sewing teacher! Now, you could store the pads in this beautiful pack till you take it out for the next month! 🌻

I have always been fascinated by the Indus-Saraswati civilization for what they have left behind. Lot of jewelleries, fine pottery, great bath and such, implying a happy society at some point. While reading about it, came across that this Harappan culture was due to ‘forces of rapid integration’, a overriding unity of perceptive elements of the earlier culture in the vast region.
(Excerpts from the art appreciation course at the National Museum, New Delhi)

Design, I see as this unifying sense of beauty. Where aesthetics has value beyond the visual realm.

#sustainablemenstruation #reuse #washableclothpad #design #artappreciation #beautybeyondthevisualrealm #insight #howwemakewhatwemake #moonrisekingdom #inspirationeverywhereIMG-20180704-WA0029.jpg

Sustainable fair..!

We all have that comfort zone, known roads, familiar faces. Stepping out of our safe zone is a scary thing, but ships are not meant to be in harbours . For a person, born and brought up in a small town, crossing a main road in metropolitan city and reaching the destination is in itself a scary thing .. Still we made it to the sustainability fair in Ford motor pvt ltd in Chennai.
We were working with school and college students mostly. Now we are taking our baby steps to our new audience .. we never had any idea about the interest, people working in corporates will show to sustainables. To our surprise, we had such an enthusiastic, lovely crowd eager to know the products..
Happiest moment was. , when our brand and organization,’ wellbeing ‘, ‘pirai ‘ been spelled and talked about by many people in a new arena…moment of dream getting real!
We have choosen the road less travelled, with no sign boards or pointers to direct us..our journey is never going to be easy.. But we are making the pointers for others to look up and follow.
Finally, when you have a friend who says ”come over, let’s see whatever …” and a crew that says, ”let’s rock …”, the journey turns into an adventure..
Thanks to Ford for being a warm host..
Love to all those who made it happen ❤

Our sessions…!

 

Been a busy week, engaged in five schools and a college..
School i studied, school we competed, school we had friends .. Mix of nostalgia and proud embrassment when the teacher who taught us gives an inaugral address and introduce us with smile and twinkle in eyes😍
Sri Kaliswari College Sivakasi The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School YRTV Matric Higher Secondary School K. Kamarajar Matricualtion Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi @meadows high school.

Each time when the going gets tough and I am totally drained, i just remember the kids i take my session to…the doubts they ask me, ”is it just 150 ml of blood? ” ” is the blood really pure? ” ” why do we get pain during menses ” ” is 35 days cycle normal? ”
so on… My satisfaction when i clear their fears and doubts which they can’t voice to anyone keeps me going…!
We were able to reach nearly 2000 students in the past three days.., i don’t know if it benefits to all . But even if any of my words could make a difference to a single child in the way she looks at herself and helps her in making a conscious choice for her and society, I am blessed..

It’s just like sowing the seeds wherever we go, it may or may not turn into trees .. still we continue in the hope of greener earth tomorrow ..

Our small effort towards making our planet, a better place because this is where, our loved ones live and this is the footprints we want to leave for the kids we love the most..!!
Earth saves itself, let’s save us with a ray of good hope ..love to all those who is in this journey with us❤
#Menstrualeducation #sustainablemenstruation
#wellbeing #piraiIMG-20180828-WA0035.jpg

Is menstrual blood pure?

Is menstrual blood pure or impure?

This is the most repeated question in my session, for everybody has a problem in touching their blood. This makes them hesitant to wash cups and reusable cloth pads….
Menstrual blood is shed from body after the egg that waited long for sperm, finally loses it’s patience, pulls the blood and nutrients cushion built for the new baby and comes out. This happens every month.If the baby is formed, the same blood nourishes baby for the first nine months. It contains electrolytes, tissues, bacteria from vaginal flora etc..
Now by religion and society, if anything comes through vagina is impure, then what about the baby that comes through?

Earlier cloths were unhygienic because it was washed and dried in secret ,dark places making it infected with fungus. And mostly rags were used further adding to the threat. Pure cotton pads that is washed and dried in sun in hygienic. Menstrual cups can be used and sterilized after use if there’s no uterus disorders.

Touching one’s own blood and washing is not that tedious when compared to the sanitary workers who shift the waste from our home to dustbin and to bigger landfills. Unfortunately we don’t have robots.They are humans too. And a single pad takes 500 years to decompose.

Our body secretes saliva (we do enjoy baby’s drolling and wet kiss), sweat (we wash it by ourselves .that has bacteria too), mucous, tears etc..each has it’s own functions and we manage it by ourselves .why menstrual fluid should be held by pads that’s harmful to health and environment? Why shouldn’t we think of alternatives that’s harmless?

Pure and impure is not physical. If that’s disgusting to touch, we should make sure that it is not touched by any human. It shouldn’t be that someone who uses is throwing and other sector is segregating it and disposing.
Each of us is responsible for the garbage we make. Let’s be a bit more careful ..!💜
#sustainablemenstruation
#pirai

Beginning a start up with all it’s pain is really challenging .. Especially when we want to take it with awareness to the society. After each sessions, used to eagerly waiting for the feedbacks and queries ..
After sending the product, waiting anxiously for the feedback is a thrill. Only such feedbacks keeps us fueled through all the trials.. Each morning, an enquiry or a suggestion puts us in track..Thanks for all the feedbacks and enquiries ..
Our process is slow… we have put our word into the vast world, hope it keeps echoing..
very slowly we are blooming but, certainly.. ❤IMG20180721111340.jpg