This Product May Save the Environment, Period.
There is a new product on the market, and its demographic is only half the population on the planet.
A company called DAME invented a product for those who go through menstruation every month. Their product? A reusable tampon applicator.
The tampon applicator is called "D" and the company is aiming to lower the waste and over consumption of plastic within the menstrual business.
DAME just launched a Kickstarter to raise money for the prototypes. With 26 days to go, they have already raised $19,357 of their goal of $27,565.
We're now LIVE! You can buy one on #Kickstarter here https://t.co/FpwTONuygJ— DAME. (@DAMEforGood) February 27, 2018
D is the first reusable tampon applicator. It uses antimicrobial technology so you can have the comfort of a plastic applicator without the plastic waste. #BleedRedThinkGreen #zeroplastic #PassOnPlastic pic.twitter.com/G2o7BA5p39
In a promotional video DAME says that 100 billion period products are thrown away every year, enough to circle the Earth 260 times.
In the video, the co founders of DAME, Celia Poole and Alec Mills, say that the material used to make the applicator is medical grade and BPA free. Antimicrobial technology that is baked into the applicator also help keeps the product hygenic.
If the company can sell 1,000 reusable tampon applicators on Kickstarter, up to 12 million pieces of plastic won't go into the ocean.
Also, the applicator does not need replacing, DAME believes in creating long-lasting products.
The product itself saves a lot of waste, but still uses an actual tampon, which is thrown away after use. However, the company does produce organic tampons that are made with, "100 percent certified organic cotton. The cord is woven not glued. They are bleach-free, rayon-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and contain no synthetic superabsorbents."
While this is the first reusable tampon applicator, its is not the first menstrual product to attempt lowering the consumption of plastic in a females' monthly ritual.
The menstrual cup has been around since 1932, but it hasn't gained commercial success until recently.
A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that is reusable and typically made from silicone. The product creates zero waste.
A popular menstrual cup company is the DivaCup. Their mission statement according to their website is to provide females with excellence in menstrual care, environment care, production, and sustainability.
There are similar menstrual cup variations like the Lilly Cup Compact, a menstrual cup that is portable because of a collapsing feature and compact.
Whether it's the "D" or a menstrual cup, both products have the same intention of helping the planet.