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!
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.
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.