You may choose to use period panties, menstrual cups, and organic pads and tampons for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional menstrual products. Maybe you find cups and period panties more practical and cost efficient. Or maybe you’re trying to reduce your waste and decrease your impact on the environment.
Whatever your reasons, choosing the right product is an important process. Quality, effectiveness, and price are all essential components when deciding what to buy.
But for many of us, it’s not just about the product; it’s also about the company producing it. Their mission, practices, and charitable works can make us feel good about our purchases and the positive effects our money will have on the world around us.
Here are a few period product brands that are making a difference.
Modibodi is an award-winning business that provides period panties in an array of colors and styles. They also sell fashionable swimsuits and underwear for adults and teens alike.
Though based out of Australia, they work with charities all over the world. In March 2020 alone, they donated nearly 2,500 pairs of their period panties and other products to six different organizations that help women. They also give their customers the option to purchase period panties for donation to charitable organizations. They will match ever pair of period panties purchased with a second pair.
Two of my favorite charities they work with are the Evie Grace Foundation and Kurnai Young Parents Program.
The Evie Grace Foundation, now partnered with the Global Hope Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, uses education to reduce – and hopefully eliminate – child exploitation in Kenya. They provide food, shelter, and education programs to both boys and girls within the country. They also offer volunteer opportunities and host a number of events to raise money for their cause
The Kurnai Young Parents Program through Kurnai College in Australia offers people who are under the age of 21 and have a family the chance to get an education. If eligible, young parents take courses free of charge. They are also offered free childcare services while they are in class.
Vancouver-based Aisle offers reusable pads and liners, as well as period panties and menstrual cups. They are B Corps certified, which, according to the B Corps website, means they “meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” In fact, Aisle has earned the title of Best for the World and are in the top 10% of all B Corps certified companies.
Aisle has donated thousands of reusable feminine products to women in 18 different countries. One of the most unique charities they work with is the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) works with Indigenous youth throughout Canada and the US. A few of their goals are to provide culturally safe sex-ed; reclaim rites of passage, coming of age ceremonies, and traditional knowledge; and lobby for environmental justice.
MonthlyCup is a relatively new company based out of Sweden. Started in 2014, they sell three different sizes of cups. Their Mini cup is actually one of the smallest on the market!
They currently donate exclusively to a small nonprofit called Care Mahila. Care Mahila is run by a midwife named Lisa Gardland. She collects menstrual cups and hands them out in Nepal.
Nepalese women face cultural stigma during their periods. They are often viewed as unclean and can even be forced to sleep in huts or sheds rather than at home. This exile sometimes proves deadly. Care Mahila’s aim is to ease some of the misunderstandings surrounding periods in Nepal through education. She also distributes menstrual cups as a convenient alternative to traditional hygiene products.
The two women who founded Saalt started their company after learning that entire communities didn’t have access to feminine hygiene products in some parts of the world. They, too, are B Corps certified. Their goals are to support menstrual health, educate girls and women, and to provide sustainable alternatives to traditional feminine hygiene products.
Saalt provides grants and takes part in awareness programs worldwide. Saalt’s Giving Tuesday Grant of $10,000 was awarded to a foundation in Venezuela that is working with doctors around the country to create a peer-reviewed article on menstrual health that will be the first of its kind in South America.
Saalt also took part in demonstrations to end the period tax in the US, and they held an event on Earth Day at Venice Beach. They painted the world’s largest menstrual cup, placed 11,000 tampons in the sand, and gave out over 120 free Saalt cups.
Saalt works with an impressive array of charities in nearly 20 countries. One of the most innovative ones is Style Her Empowered (S H E). S H E works with students in the West African country of Togo. Founders discovered that students were primarily missing school for two reasons: they didn’t have the money for uniforms, and they lacked period products.
In response, S H E hired seamstresses to create uniforms that would fit through six sizes of growth. They also started offering menstrual supplies to students. Their goals are to create jobs in the community, award scholarships, and provide uniforms to young learners.
Natracare is a company that provides organic and eco-friendly products like tampons, panty liners, and pads. It’s over thirty years old and was the first brand of organic and natural feminine hygiene products. They have repeatedly gotten top rankings in the feminine hygiene category from the Ethical Company Organization.
Most of the charitable donations we’ve talked about so far have gone to social programs and endeavors. But Natracare is part of 1% for the Planet. This means that they donate 1% of their turnover to non-profits and charities focused on environmental conservation. 1% for the Planet is a network spanning more than 60 countries, and it is comprised of over 2,000 environmentally conscious companies and thousands of carefully vetted nonprofit partners.
Since 2002, 1% for the Planet has given $225 million to environmental causes. Natracare is the first period products company to join this network, and they currently donate over £200,000 a year.
Founded by celebrity actress Jessica Alba, Honest focuses on simple, healthy components and product transparency. They sell many types of everyday necessities, including organic pads, pantyliners, and tampons (with or without applicators). They are also a B Corps certified company.
From organizing and handing out food and hygiene products among underserved communities within Los Angeles to wrapping gifts for disadvantaged children, Honest is proud of the volunteer work its employees do.
Honest frequently partners with Baby2Baby. This non-profit organization works with impoverished children under the age of 13. They have provided them with more than 70 million items like diapers, clothing, and other essentials
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why do companies give to charity?
There are several reasons companies give to charity. Just like individuals, it can benefit a company to give to organizations whose ideals align with their own. It also helps businesses build relationships and trust with customers. And many times, a company will simply give because they are passionate about a cause.
How much do companies donate to charity?
In 2017, companies gave an estimated $20.7 billion to charity. This sounds like a lot, but it actually only makes up 5% of all charitable donations. Charities received $410.02 billion total, and 80% of those donations came from individuals.
How do businesses give to charity?
Donating money is not the only way a business can help a charity. It can organize drives, donate old office equipment or other important items, or give some of its useful products to organizations in need. It could even set up a donation bin so that employees can donate things like clothing, nonperishable food, and hygiene products for homeless or women’s shelters.
Why is donating to charity important?
The most obvious answer is because it makes a positive difference in the world around us. But donations can be just as good for the giver as the recipient. Giving to causes that are important to us can strengthen our self-esteem and improve our outlook. This, in turn, can reduce health issues caused by stress or depression.
How do I choose a cause to support?
Choosing a charity to donate to is a very personal decision. It’s important to feel connected to what you’re donating to. Also consider donating locally; smaller charities in your area may be in greater need of funds than large national or international organizations. Not only could your money go farther, you might also get to see the positive effects of your donations firsthand!