By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | February 26, 2008
Fellow eco-blogger Crunchy Chicken is a truly amazing woman– that rare person who sees a need and then figures out a way to fulfill it.
After reading about Proctor & Gamble’s program Protecting Futures, which donates disposable (plastic and bleached cotton) menstrual pads to young women in Africa, Crunchy realized there had to be a better way to help those women out. While it’s debatably admirable for P&G to donate supplies to women and girls who otherwise might use rags and/or banana leaves and/or camel skin(!) as protection, and often miss school due to inadequate supplies, there are obvious downsides to the scheme– 1. P&G is getting a new demographic hooked on their expensive, imported product, and 2. the disposable, non-biodegradable pads will create an environmental nightmare for these communities, who often burn their trash.
Goods 4 Girls was started to seek out donors to sew or purchase new, reusable menstrual pads for donations to areas of Africa where these products are needed most. Providing reusable supplies not only provides a more environmentally friendly alternative for these young women (in areas of adequate water supply for washing), it reduces their dependence on outside aid organizations to continue providing for their monthly needs.
Goods 4 Girls is accepting donations of homemade reusable pads (here’s a list of tutorial/pattern links), waterproof zippered pouches, and will soon be set up to accept PayPal cash donations for the cause. Some online retailers of reusable pads are also offering a discount if you make a purchase expressely for donation to the program.
If you decide to donate pads to Goods 4 Girls (either homemade or storebought), let us know in the comments below!
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