Modibodi together with Lunette Menstrual Cups has launched our Sustainable Period Project in Australia and New Zealand. This is the first step towards changing people’s mindsets about disposable sanitary items and ultimately encouraging them to make more sustainable choices.
The project is a world-first collaboration with some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest sustainable and reusable menstrual companies and artisanal communities that include Modibodi, Lunette, Natracare, Organ(y)c and TOM Organic. Planning and development started in 2016, with these 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.
"At Modibodi we believe 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" says Kristy Chong, CEO, and Founder of Modibodi
“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. 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,” ” adds Elizabeth Chapman, Director of Lunette Menstrual Cups Australia.
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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 launch coincides with the new Australia wide high school curriculum, in which all subjects are encouraged to include an element of sustainability. Lunette together with project partners Modibodi, Natracare, OrganyC and Tom Organic hopes the kit will offer personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) teachers, in particular, all the resources they need in order to fulfil this element of the curriculum – while also giving our next generation the confidence and knowledge to explore sustainable and reusable options in an environment of period positivity.
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 www.SustainablePeriodProject.org