Lunette, which produces menstrual cups for Australian and New Zealand women, together with period brand Modibodi, have launched the Sustainable Period Project in Australia and New Zealand. The project is a world first school initiative to educate students on sustainable period practice.
The project is about changing people’s mindsets about disposable sanitary items and ultimately encouraging them to make more sustainable choices.
It has been a long time in the works. Planning and development started in 2016, with the companies pooling their innovative products and resources to create a free Resource Kit.
The Resource Kit is now being distributed to secondary schools with the aim of igniting conversation about sustainable options at a grassroots level.
“The problem we face as a nation is that our current way of dealing with disposable menstrual hygiene products isn’t sustainable, and adding to the problem is the fact that schools have little or no resources to educate our younger generation about sustainable options,” says Elizabeth Chapman, Director of Lunette Menstrual Cups Australia.
“With the war on waste movement rapidly gaining momentum in our younger generation, it is important that we continue to empower students at grassroots level to decide on and examine alternatives that have important health, cost and environmental impacts on the future of our beautiful country,” she adds.
Kristy Chong, CEO and Founder of Modibodi period and leak-proof underwear and swimwear says it is essential that sustainable and reusable hygiene options are part of the period discussion in schools.
“Through education and discussion, we can empower young people to take ownership of their bodies and make more conscious decisions about the products they use. We are proud to be a founding brand partner of the Sustainable Period Project.”
Each Resource Kit contains samples of menstrual cups, reusable period underpants, biodegradable disposable pads, reusable cloth pads, videos and activities that can be used for classroom education for years to come. The kit has cross-subject elements and is designed in a way that it can be used as part of a larger lesson, or form the whole lesson itself for years seven to 10.
The Sustainable Period Project aims to provide Resource Kits to all secondary schools by 2020 across Australia and New Zealand.
To order a kit for your school, more information or free downloadable resources visit here.