Cloth sanitary pads are ” period poverty” but cloth nappies are “Green”

Would some one please explain to me the two completely different media narratives about two almost identical products?

Cloth nappies which are used every day (not only 5-7 days a month) have a positive reputation as being environmentally friendly and Green. They are reusable and save mothers a fortune compared to convenient but disposable nappies which are expensive.  I have never seen a headline in the MSM referring to their use as ” poopie poverty” ” wee wee poverty” or “potty poverty”

Sanitary products have become so unaffordable that some Kiwi girls have reverted to literally going “on the rag”, but a community-led initiative is combating “period poverty” by making menstrual cups more accessible.

Where are all the poo cup and wee cup designs for babies to prevent “poopie poverty”? Something along the lines of a horse manure catcher or a pooTrap would work well.

Catch It! Manure Bag

Social enterprise  My Cup NZ and the Tukau Community Fund have partnered up with the aim of converting all women and girls in Northland to menstrual cups – starting in two towns, Kawakawa and Moerewa.

Tukau Community Fund co-founder Season-Mary Downs said using menstrual cups could save women about $20 a month, $240 a year, and $9120 over a lifetime.

You know what else would save them $9120? Cloth pads.

[…] “I’ve talked to girls that have had to revert to something their grandmothers did in the 1950s and 60s, what we called going ‘on the rag’,” she said.

[…] My Cup NZ co-founder Kimberli Schuitman said the company would match every menstrual cup purchased with a free cup for local communities.

“So when a woman buys one she’s not only buying one for herself, she’s enabling another woman who cannot afford sanitary products,” she said.

What a great advertising campaign. Think of all the free advertising the business is getting from the Media who have labelled them as a product that alleviates “period poverty.”

More than $6000 has been donated since the initiative started, allowing more than 580 menstrual cups to be gifted to women and girls in need.

Schuitman created the product because she believed every Kiwi woman, “no matter what her socio-economic status is”, should have access to a menstrual cup.

Unlike tampons and pads, menstrual cups could be left in all day, Schuitman said, and they were more sustainable and comfortable to use. One cup lasts 10 years on average, compared with the 240 tampons the average mestruating woman uses each year.[…]

It all sounds wonderful but there is a very good reason why menstrual cups have not become mainstream and why I have never used one.

Buy a set of reusable “green” cloth sanitary pads for $15 or give up smoking, stop buying booze and buy some applicator tampons. It is all about priorities and its only once a month. You don’t see people going without toilet paper because they are poor.

My Cup NZ menstrual cup.


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