Pictured: Sutopa Dasgupta PhD (left) with menstrual health advocates in Lucknow, India.
Out of the world's approximate 2 billion menstruating women, only a fraction have access to healthy, eco-friendly feminine hygiene products due to obstacles such as affordability and stigma.
When we designed the EverCup, we set out to produce the best cup in terms of material, comfort, and price for everyone.
We can all agree that pads and tampons can contain all sorts of bleaches, toxins and chemicals, right? Well, so can a period cup. Like a lot of things, just because a company says its product is 100% medical-grade silicone doesn’t always mean that it is. We believe in complete transparency. For that reason, our products are FDA-registered, meaning that our cup in line with the Food and Drug Administration’s strict health and safety guidelines.
At EverCup, we care more about health and employing Americans than making a few extra bucks. That’s why every single EverCup is manufactured in the USA—at Casco Bay Molding in Sanford, Maine. Casco Bay Molding is an ISO-certified factory, meaning that it’s in line with international quality standards and procedures. Most menstrual cups are made overseas meaning that they aren’t FDA-registered and don’t necessarily have the same strict protocols (hint: if a menstrual cup doesn’t say where it’s made, chances are wasn’t made in America).
We all want to help the planet and our wallets. But we knew that if our menstrual cup wasn’t the most comfortable out there, women wouldn’t make the switch from tampons and pads to sustainability. That’s why we worked with Casco Bay Molding’s design team to create the most comfortable feminine products. Combining their knowledge of medical product design with our deep appreciation for women’s bodies, we came up with a design and sizes that work for everyone.
Seriously, it’s so comfortable, you won’t even know it’s there.
Single-use feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads are a burden on women and the planet. Not only are these products taxed in most states (unlike Viagra), but they represent another unfair financial burden placed on women around the world. Pads and tampons are also terrible for the planet--no matter how organic they are. There are approximately 2 billion menstruating women on planet Earth right now. The average woman menstruates for 30 years.
Each woman generates approximately 65 lb (30kg) or menstrual waste every ten years. If the world’s 2 billion women used disposable feminine care products, the world is looking at 390 billion pounds of waste. Whoa. We believe in building a future with less waste. The EverCup can be used for ten years. If even 1 million women used the EverCup instead of disposable products, we’d save the planet from 6.4 million pounds of waste.
There are so many reasons why we’re passionate about EverCup. While we all want to do the right thing for the planet, we believe that sustainability should be easy, too. With that in mind, we created the EverCup, which can be worn for up to 12 hours whether you’re swimming, sleeping or saving the world. One EverCup will last up to 10 years--that’s 120 months of tampons and pads that you don’t have to buy.
If you don't know how to use a menstrual cup, getting started may seem like a challenge. Keep in mind that millions of women have successfully switched over and find it's easier and more convenient than tampons.
And no need to buy special soaps or wipes to clean your cup. The best way is the old fashioned way: Fill your EverCup and Cleaning Case with boiling water to clean your cup.
With that in mind, a portion of our proceeds go towards funding partnerships and resources that raise menstrual health management (MHM) awareness and safety for women who have limited access to menstrual products and sanitary infrastructure.
EverCup sprang from a Seed of Change grant awarded to Sutopa Dasgupta PhD, co-founder of EverCup, by the Harvard University’s South Asia Institute. Note that at the time EverCup was named Sakhi Cup.
This grant allow for the development of a menstrual health training program and the distribution of free cups to 19 NGO (Non-governmental organization) and MHM advocates in 12 Indian cities.
We are pleased to report we have had excellent results in from two NGO who have converted women using reusable pads to menstrual cups. Having the ability to work and attend family functions has dramatically improved these women’s lives. With your help and our buy, one gives one program we will continue to support the groups we are working.
We have several partnerships in India, which has the largest menstruating population in the world and the most water scarce environments. We are working to expand to other nations in the Global South and in the United States.
For many women, the problem with menstrual cups is one of stigma. Many women in water-scarce areas do not have access to clean water in their bathrooms. To make matters more challenging, stigma prevents women from cleaning their cups in the kitchen.
That's why each woman with whom we work in the Global South receives a cup and Cleaning Case. To clean her cup, she can fill the Cleaning Case with boiling water in the kitchen, then transport it to a more private location where she feels comfortable keeping her cup. The Cleaning Case is more than a convenient storage solution. It's also a way to ensure that menstrual cups are hygienic and easy-to-use for everyone.
By purchasing an EverCup and Cleaning Case, you're helping us provide free products and training to women who have limited or no access to safe and sustainable products. One cup and case can potentially last a lifetime.
You're giving us the resources to provide meaningful menstrual health education. Every purchase reduce the negative impact that disposable sanitary products have on the planet. Already have a cup but still interested in helping? You can donate a cup and case to a woman in need through our website.