When I Have My Period, I Save The World
By Landon Funk
It is amazing how much we do not know about what we put in and on our bodies. If this is your first time with Funky Feminist (Welcome!), I should let you know that my feminism went from being a bean to a beanstalk after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. From November 2016 through June 2017, I was figuring out what feminism meant to me and how to channel the voices that were previously stifled by our patriarchal society.
While I was learning about feminism and how it manifests in our culture, I stumbled into similar movements like animal rights and environmental conservation. Even still, those two are intertwined with each other so much so that we cannot talk about one without talking about the other. One of the major topics that lies in the intersection of the feminist, environmental, and animal rights movements is menstruation.
From an environmental and animal rights stand-point, menstruation and the products we use are some of the largest trash generators in the world. All major period product brands (i.e. Always, Playtex, etc.) use toxic pesticides on the cotton used to create their products. This means that not only are you contributing to the ever-growing trash problem but also you are putting pesticides on/in your vagina. Yeah, I am thinking the same thing – that is disgusting, and I don’t want pesticides breeding in my body.
From a feminist stand-point, menstruation products are taxed as vanity products like clothes and lipstick. Women pay upwards of twenty thousand dollars over the course of their lifetime for having a period.
Sucks, doesn’t it?
Well, it does not have to be. One company that is combatting all three intersections of menstruation is GladRags, a small company based out of Portland, Oregon with a mission to positively transform the experience of menstruation through reusable menstrual products and relevant education. The company is founded by women for women for all menstruators.
GladRags’ staple is reusable cloth pads. While wearing these pads, you can free bleed all day long and not stain your clothes. When you are done, throw them in with the rest of your dirty clothes and wash them in a washing machine. Contrary to what my mother says, these pads are not gross. These pads are healthy and clean…AND they will save you a buttload of money and not kill the environment.
The company also offers a flexible cup called XO Flo. To insert, fold the cup up and stick it in your vagina like you would a tampon. The cup catches all of the bloody goop trying to exit your body. Like tampons, you should take the cup out when you go to the bathroom. Give it a nice rinse, and stick it back in.
Please join me in a round of applause for GladRags and their affordable and eco-friendly products. If you like saving money and the planet, try GladRags. Your body and the earth will thank you. And, as a bonus, their products are super cute.