I began using reusable products out of frustration. I was spending about half as much per month on menstrual products as I was on petrol, and I didn't like what I was getting for my money. Cute tins or decorative boxes helped, but they didn't overcome the fact that the products were just not doing a good enough job. They were drying, they made me itchy or even sore, and worst of all, they always leaked. One morning, after staining yet another set of clean sheets, I took my sister's advice and went looking for a cup.
Only, I couldn't find one.
It took me nearly a month to get my eager little hands on my first cup. Later I heard my friends, amd women at the Women's Health Information Centre, complain of the same thing ... they wanted a cup, but couldn't find them locally and buying from overseas can cost so much! So, I threw caution to the wind, ignored logic (and my thesis supervisors), jumped in feet first... and so EnvironMenstruals came to be.
My background is in biological sciences (I have a degree in Microbiology and Zoology) and Social sciences (I have another couple of degrees in Gender Studies). I'm very interested in the way that technologies and 'things,' and the ways we use them, affect how we feel about ourselves and our bodies. I'm also very interested in the environment, environmental sociology and development, so you'll notice that alternative menstrual products are a great fit for my interests.
When I'm not working in this business I study; working towards an MA in gender studies at the moment. I sometimes teach and tutor at the University of Canterbury in the Bridging Programme and Sociology, and at other times I do work for the disability service at the university, or other temp/part time jobs. Being a long time student, I understand and appreciate how much a little cost, or that same saving can potentially change a life.I am also aware of how hard it can be to come up with the outlay for an item like a cup, so I'm happy to work out payment options to suit a tight budget. If you want a cup but can't afford it up front, please talk to me, I'm sure we can work something out.