Have any of you seen those new ads by Tampax and Always, the ones where they promote an initiative to give menstrual products to young girls in Africa? Well, I don’t know about you, but the first thing I thought when I saw that was, “Um, nice try, Procter & Gamble, but you’re kinda missing the bigger picture.” I mean, it’s great that they want to help girls out with this difficult time of the month and make sure they stay in school, but is the best way to do that with bleached wads of cotton and disposable plastic? It made me fret, I must say.
But then, my crunchiest friend dropped me a note saying she saw the same ads and decided to do more than just fret about it — she actually started an initiative of her own called Goods 4 Girls (you can see the little poster for it in my sidebar to the right, just click on the image and it’ll take you there). It helps get new cloth menstrual pads, whether handmade or store-bought, to young women in Uganda, who can then reuse them rather than throw them out. It’s such an amazing idea, and I truly admire Deanna for putting so much effort into get it up and running.
So as part of my monthly green giving, I’m going to donate some reusable cloth pads to Goods 4 Girls — and you should, too!