Eye catching. Practical. Mission to evoke change.
Tsuno was founded by Roz in 2014. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Finder's Keepers market in Brisbane last weekend. In our incredibly brief encounter, I could tell that Roz was a woman on a mission. There is something about meeting people who are fueled with a fiery purpose. It's as if there's an electric charge in the air buzzing with all the potential for change just waiting to happen. If you think that sounds airy fairy, I don't blame you... but if you've read BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert, then you know exactly what I am talking about.
Roz is passionate about solving the age old problem. Women get their periods. Period.
SO, how shall we deal with it?
In countries like Australia, we've grown accustomed to sanitary products in our Mom's cupboards and in the local grocery store. I think we could all agree this is something we have most likely taken for granted. Many young girls and women aren't so lucky.
"In 2013 I decided to take part in One Girl's yearly charity fundraising challenge, and set myself the challenge of having my period using the methods I'd heard women resort to when they don't have access to affordable sanitary products. I used rags, newspaper, kitchen sponges and leaves. I was also going to use bark, yes bark from a tree, but when I went to the tree to pull some off I actually couldn't bring myself to do it. I really felt something strong, for a woman to be in the position that bark is her best option, that definitely is not a good position."
So if you aren't #nowaste or using menstrual cups, then you must be using pads and tampons to manage your flow. Let me ask you a few questions:
Why do you buy the sanitary products that are in your bathroom as we speak?
Is price important?
Are organic, natural materials a key role in your decision process?
If I were to answer these questions, it would go a little something like this: "I usually choose between two brands; Libra because it's Australian made (VIC), and TOMS because they use organic cotton and the price is reasonable."
Let's compare what else is on the market, shall we?
The pads are made from natural bamboo and corn fibre and are chlorine and dioxin bleach free. That is exactly the kind of stuff you want to hear for something that is so close to your lady bits ... well, in your lady bits! Often times, pesticides are sprayed over the cotton to prevent insects from eating it, and then chlorine is added to bleach them, making them bright white. Chemical free is always a bonus in my opinion, especially if it is going on my skin or in my body.
For those of you who are environmentally conscious, you'd be happy to know that the packaging is completely recyclable and the plastic wrapping is totally biodegradable.
The tampons are made from 100% certified organic cotton and are also chlorine and dioxin bleach free. Like the pads, the packaging is completely recyclable and the plastic wrapping is biodegradable too.
The price is comparable, but the integrity of the product is there with Tsuno. Pesticide, chemical free cotton and sustainable bamboo. But wait, there is more...
Now for the fun part!
50% of net profits from the sale of these pads are donated to charities helping to empower women in the developing world. Tsuno currently has an agreement with One Girl, who give education scholarships to girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda, and run an amazing menstrual hygiene program called Launch Pad. Girls shouldn't miss school because they have their period, it's 2017 y'all! Education is power and young girls (and women) all over the world deserve to feel clean, supported and nurtured. The money donated is used to educate local women who in turn educate the local young girls about hygiene. The rest of the money is used to provide the necessary products to help manage their cycles.
Ask yourself, do you get your period? Yes
Do you need sanitary products? Yes
Since you need to buy said products anyway, wouldn't you like to help a good cause simultaneously? Yes/No?
If you'd like to know about donating, or any of the above programs, read this.
*This post is not sponsored in any way. All thoughts and opinion are my own*
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