So I don’t often promote products on my blog, but you all know how I feel about sustainable solutions to everyday problems and great initiatives. My friend Anique aka Tjoppie is involved with Ethical Co-Op which is a Cape Town (go figure) based company that supplies fresh organic fruit, vegetables and dairy in Cape Town, and, countrywide, and a wide range of products, such as herbs and spices, body products, seeds and paints. All earth friendly. Together with Karabo, they have started the Karabo Initiative. Now if you are a boy, this probably has nothing to do with you, but you may of course continue reading.
What is the Karabo Initiative? ”The Karabo Initiative was created with: The vision to supply sustainable sanitary ware to impoverished women who do not have access to it or cannot afford it (they represent 60% of our SA market). The belief that MPower Menstrual cups can provide women, who do not have access to traditional sanitary ware, with a sustainable solution each menstrual cycle.” So they came up with the MPower cup which is a menstrual cup manufactured locally in Cape Town - Now we all know how gross we feel when it’s that time of the month, for a lot of these woman who don’t even have access to running water or sanitation their reality is to use things like paper, newspaper, “recycled” tampons and pads and even mealie cobs. Nevermind that the disposal of these items add to the already dismal living conditions she finds herself in. Not that nice, can you imagine!
So what does this mean and how can you get involved? You can purchase an MPower cup to do your bit to help reduce the 160 million tampons and pads thrown away into landfills in South Africa every year. Over it’s lifetime it will help replace your use of roughly 1 200 pads. And as we know, every bit helps. If you take the Karabo Initiative Pledge by buying a MPower cup for just R195 Ethical Co-Op will donate 1 cup to an impoverished woman and all the proceeds go to Karabo.
As woman all with the same bodily functions I think we can get behind this initiative and do our bit to help someone else out as well as helping the earth and be responsible consumers. It’s a win-win situation. For more info you can visit Ethical Co-Op’s website. And place those orders ladies!