IT'S BLEED FOR YOU's FIRST BIRTHDAY!

IT'S BLEED FOR YOU's FIRST BIRTHDAY!

March 08, 2018

    • IT'S OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY!

      That’s us. With our template hand cut box on Women’s Day last year. A mere idea we put out on Facebook as a test concept is now a fully fledged up and running company! 

      AND WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR BIRTHDAY?
    • An end to the TAMPON TAX. Did you know tampons are treated as a luxury in Australia? This is why you pay extra tax on them. Because having your period is such a luxury, right?
      Condoms, Sunscreen, lube and even nicotine patches are all considered 'necessities' and are therefore exempt from tax.
       
      This is not only unfair, but it makes it harder for poor and disadvantaged women and girls to buy much needed sanitary items. Some women end up using rags and paper to stop the flow, and numerous girls in poorer communities end up missing school during their periods due to lack of access to these items.
       
      As a step towards equality, this month Bleed for You are going to pay the tampon tax for you.

      #AXETHETAX  

      SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN and Sign the Petition which can be found on www.sharethedignity. com.au/axethetax 
       

      FINALLY WE WANTED TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR FIRST YEAR WITH YOU

      With the support of our wonderful Foundation Subscribers who responded to that first post of our box, we took a deep breath, opened out wallets and sailed off into the unknown. Along the way, we learned about planning, on-line stores, fundraising, how to build a company committed to social change, and said the word tampon more times in one month than a normal person does in their entire life.   Nothing excited us more than offering women a new way of buying tampons. A way that allowed them to vote for a kinder world with every purchase by guaranteeing we would share our profits. On top of sharing profits with charity, we also committed to doing everything we could to be chemical free, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.  

      WHAT WE ARE MOST PROUD OF

    • We carefully researched and sought tampons we knew represented our organic and ethically sourced values.
 Settling on tampons that are ICEA and GOTS certified we finally imported 150,000 of them (there are no tampons made in Australia) in mid-August.

    • Our decision not to shrink wrap the cardboard packs (tampons are wrapped individually for hygiene) saved over 2,727,000 cm2 of plastic from landfills and oceans.


    • We donated over 2000 tampons to Wesley Mission in Newcastle for use at their MacKenzie Centre. This has helped around 200 women and youth access free tampons as part of their Early Intervention Youth Programme.


    • We donated 250 tampons to Women’s Refuge in New Zealand.


    • We donated a year’s supply to help raise over $5000 in funds for cancer research at the Pink and Purple Breakfast in Wellington.


    • We donated $200 to a Caves Beach community group raising funds for girls in community schools in Nepal.


    • And we finally partnered with Share the Dignity, a charity that gives tens of thousands of sanitary products to homeless women, girls in disadvantaged situations and fights for domestic violence victims. Last month we proudly donated 5500 tampons to them to rebuild their supplies for homeless women.

       

SO NOW WE HAVE MADE IT TO THE ONE YEAR MARK...

WE ARE WORKING ON SOME EXCITING NEW DIRECTIONS - INCLUDING EXPANDING INTO PADS.

More than anything we need you to keep letting the world know about us. 
Let women know they have a choice over where the profits from tampon sales go.
Let them know we are all fighting to ensure the world is a better place for women in the future.
Thanks so much for your support.
We cannot do it without you.
 
Vanessa, Cherry, and James 
 
xxxx
 
 
Join the Bleed for You revolution www.bleedforyou.com
We love feedback so please drop us an email at tampons@bleedforyou.com



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