New start-up delivers tampons to your door
The founders of a fledgling tampon delivery service hope their business will help those struggling to afford sanitary products.
New Zealand start-up The Monthly Co. is raising money to roll out its service, whereby women can order 100 per cent cotton tampons online and have them delivered to their home. For every purchase, the organisation will donate a box of tampons to women in need, via the Christchurch-based family violence services charity Aviva.
The start-up was founded by 22-year-olds Isabelle Smith and Josie Milton, who were motivated by news reports of girls being sent home from school after having their period, and Pharmac's decision not to fund sanitary products.
"Our mission is two-fold: to make tampons more affordable and convenient for women on the go, while at the same time restoring dignity to women in New Zealand who have limited access to safe feminine hygiene," says Smith.
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Julie McCloy, Aviva marketing and funding manager, says the donated boxes of tampons will make a difference to women struggling financially. "The reality is that these items are a necessity that many women on limited incomes simply cannot afford," she says. "The Monthly Co. project is a way to ensure that no woman is further marginalised financially and socially simply because of a biological necessity."
Smith and Milton hope to raise $15,000 through Pledgeme to purchase a supply of tampons, which are sourced from Europe. They hope to stock environmentally friendly pads and liners in the future, according to their website.