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Free Reusables: The Next Step Towards Menstrual Equity

Free Reusables: The Next Step Towards Menstrual Equity

Menstrual products are essential personal hygiene supplies, alongside toilet paper, hand soap and paper towels. Provision of these essential supplies are unquestionably the re sponsibility of the institutions where the bathrooms are located. 

Our question is: If free disposable pads and tampons are now being funded for students, employees and others, why not reusables too? 
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Aisle’s 2021 Social and Environmental Impact Report

Aisle’s 2021 Social and Environmental Impact Report

Sustainability and transparency are two important value pillars for Aisle. While many of our efforts are ongoing (such as our commitment to being a top ranked B Corp and conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of our products’ environmental impacts) we also do an annual Impact Report, which includes our social impact and menstrual equity projects.
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Boxers Under The Tree - An Initiative in support of transgender youth

Boxers Under The Tree - An Initiative in support of transgender youth

The effects of gender dysphoria vary from person-to-person but many people told us that that gender-affirming period underwear like our period boxers makes having a period a little more bearable. Many appreciated knowing we offered plus size period underwear that would truly fit their body. The security of wearing absorbent and leakproof period underwear also gave them comfort. These are the reasons our #BoxersUnderTheTree campaign exists. 
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Full Report: Supporting Menstrual Health and Equity in Post-Secondary Institutions with Reusable Menstrual Products

Free Periods Canada surveyed post-secondary students across Canada and collected 470 responses and summarized those results in a report, which is now available for download here.
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How One Doula Provides Abortion Support

Sierra Holland on why abortion stigma is violence, how there is no one way to support someone having an abortion, and why abortion work must include the continual work of antiracism and abolition.
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Re-Indigenizing Menstrual Health

We partnered with The Menstrual Health Hub to create a Decolonizing Menstrual Health interview series, in an effort to center Indigenous and Métis voices and vastly grow our collective understanding of menstrual self-care, sustainability, ritual, intergenerational learning and more.
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Obstacles to Students Using Reusable Menstrual Products: The Current Reality & Ways Forward

What stops students from using more sustainable and/or reusable menstrual products, and how we can promote sustainability while reducing period poverty?
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Why We Need Better Menstrual Health Education

Stigma, shame & bullying -  these are the fruits of society’s decision to avoid talking about menstrual health.
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The State of the Tampon Tax

The State of the Tampon Tax

It's been six years since The Year of the Period. How much progress has been made since then on the Tampon Tax, and how far is left to go?
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Medical Bias and Endometriosis

Medical Bias and Endometriosis

According to an article in Contemporary OB/GYN “Black women are only about half as likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis compared to white women” so is it any surprise that it took me as a Black woman the 10 years it did to finally be diagnosed by a gynaecologist?
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Menstrual Equity 101

Menstrual Equity 101

New to menstrual equity? Keep reading for a brief overview of what the term means, and what you can do to help eliminate period poverty in your community. 
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COVID-19 Is A Feminist Nightmare

COVID-19 Is A Feminist Nightmare

This world works better for some than others, and when the chips are down, we do not experience disaster equally. 
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