The GirlU Blog has covered global menstruation issues and the team decided to do a little research to see what was happening in the United States to help women who are struggling economically or who are homeless. What we learned was pretty shocking…not much is going on to help these women at all!
We also learned that menstrual supplies are not covered by food stamps and are taxed in 40 of 50 states. Homeless shelters and “midnight run” charities don’t typically include menstrual supplies as part of their collection drives. We’ve read about young girls and women using mud, grass and leaves to collect menstrual blood in countries like Africa and India, but right here in the US, homeless and economically fragile women are also in a real jam when dealing with menstruation.
Through our research we found two women who are attempting to do something about this. Annie Lasco and Margo Lang are the founders of Conscious Period, purveyors of organic tampons with a dual giving model. They are so close to their Indiegogo goal, please check it out here.
Conscious Period will sell organic tampons and with each box sold, they will donate a box of organic pads to women in need in Los Angeles, where they are based. As we have written about here, there are some concerning chemicals and ingredients in tampons. Scarily enough, there is no regulation requiring tampon manufacturers to disclose the ingredients in tampons. And to quote from the Conscious Period Indiegogo campaign, “women spend over 100,000 hours of their lives with a tampon in contact with some of the most sensitive and absorbent skin in the body.” Makes you think!
Part two of the Conscious Period giving model mirrors what is going on in India and Africa. Part of the campaign will fund the set up of a cottage industry in Los Angeles to produce pads domestically for women in need. This will provide jobs and hygienic supplies! The model is working beautifully in India and with these two dynamic women leading the cause, chances for success close to their home seems pretty high!
Please check out the Conscious Period campaign today.