THE HELLO CUP
We’re seeing an awesome shift in the way women are living. They’re holding predators to task, fighting for equality in the workplace, and advocating for their bodies, including the products they deem acceptable for use during their menstrual cycles.
This movement has come such a long way as not too long ago there was a time when tampons and pads treated with bleach and chemicals were the only options women had. These not only clog up our landfills and continue to promote excess waste, but they also cause a host of side-effects, including Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), hormone disruption, allergic reactions, bacterial overgrowth, and so much more.
Dr. Joseph Mercola spoke on this in a Huffington Post piece that uncovered a grim side of the feminine hygiene industry. “Anything coming in constant contact with your skin will land in your bloodstream for distribution throughout your body,” he warns.
“In my opinion, feminine hygiene products can be likened to a ‘ticking time bomb’ due to years of exposure. The average American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her lifetime -- or up to 24,360 if she's on estrogen replacement therapy.”
It’s a new day. After years of being a what some might call a hippie secret, menstrual cups are having a huge moment. Not only are they an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads, but many women find them easier and more convenient to use.
For those not aware yet, a menstrual cup is a washable, reusable, container, worn during your period for up to 12 hours at a time or until it's full - at that point, you empty its contents into the toilet as needed. When you use a menstrual cup, you never "run out" of products like you do with tampons or pads, and you never have to leave the house with a secret stash.
Interestingly, Katie Wells of Wellness Mama spoke to the comfortability question that many may have: “I should also put in my personal plug for menstrual cups in general. I’ll admit, when I first found out about them, I thought they were odd and couldn’t imagine using one. Now, I can’t imagine not using one. I’ve worn them overnight, on international flights, while scuba diving, while hiking 20+ miles, and in many other unusual situations. I have never had a leak or a problem and it has never been uncomfortable. Really.”
There are many opportunities to now purchase completely organic, bleach-free tampons and pads, but they don't reduce waste as well as menstrual cups since they aren't recyclable after coming into contact with bodily fluids.
One brand leading the charge in the sustainable menstrual cup movement is the New Zealand-based brand Hello Cup. Life-long friends Robyn McLean and Mary Bond were inspired to create this menstrual alternative for women because of wanting to make a positive difference on this cool planet we call home.
What makes this brand so special? The intention. Mary, a registered nurse, and Robyn, a journalist researched and interviewed numerous medical professionals and product designers to create the Hello Cup.
Proudly designed using top-of-the-line medical-grade TPE plastic from Germany, the Hello Cup contains no nasty chemicals and is recyclable at the end of its life.
It is free of silicone and latex – making it the perfect choice for women who have sensitivities. It doesn’t there; the Hello Cup also has no rubber, latex, PBAs, or heavy metals in the Hello Cup and the colors used are certified food grade and comply with EU and FDA standards. And one of the coolest parts? that if you take good care of yours, the Hello Cup will last up to five whole years.
“We feel strongly that, when it comes to your vjayjay, you only want to put trustworthy stuff up there (sound advice from our grandmothers). Not all cups are equal. The Hello Cup is in a league of its own and is FDA registered.”
Want to learn more & purchase one for yourself? Check out www.thehellocup.com