Bleed Red And Think Green With This Reusable Tampon Applicator

Bleed Red And Think Green With This Reusable Tampon Applicator

It's time to stop throwing out so much bloody plastic.
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Rethink. Redesign. Replace.

This is the mantra of DAME, the first company to design a reusable tampon applicator. Meet “D”, what DAME is calling their applicator. D is a sustainable alternative to feminine hygiene products that require waste to be disposed of every time one is used.

Alec Mills and Celia Pool were motivated by several factors to draw up the first D prototype. They realized after selling period products to women across the UK that they were helping to produce an “enormous waste” from “everyday items”. How much waste exactly?

Here’s a few facts DAME provides:

  • 50% of plastics are used once and then thrown away
  • 8 million pieces of plastic enter our oceans each day
  • A third of the fish we eat already contain plastic
  • 100 billion menstrual products are thrown away globally each year, each taking 500 years to degrade.

As they say, “It’s time to Bleed Red. Think Green…”

They spent a lengthy 14 months designing their current prototype, teaming up with medical engineers who helped make sure D is hygienic and comfortable. The plastic is BPA free, leak free, and built to last. It is antimicrobial. And it has a finish to ensure it is the “most comfortable applicator you’ll ever use”.

Sure, you might be thinking. It’s comfortable, but how sanitary is it? It’s incredibly clean! After inserting a tampon like normal, the D just needs to be wiped off, rinsed, and stored properly in its case afterwards. It’s also heat resistant so if you feel the need to really sterilize it - your D will survive!

Not only does DAME have this revolutionary product idea, they also have organic tampons available. They are SO important to women’s health. Did you know the FDA does not require manufacturers to disclose what ingredients and materials are used in tampons? That doesn’t matter to DAME, who wants us to know their tampons are:

  • Bleach free
  • Rayon free
  • Pesticide free
  • Fragrance free
  • Biodegradable
  • 100% organic

Even their packaging is compostable and resealable. (Can you hear the environment thanking you already?)

As someone who wants the environment to thrive, but also hated her run with a diva cup - the D might just be the solution to my problem. Like DAME has realized, changing someone's habits can be so difficult, so changing the product they love while keeping it familiar is brilliant.


Interested in supporting their project? Check them out on kickstarter and consider supporting their goal! With each supporter, we’re one step closer to a future free of bloody plastic.
Cover Image Credit: DAME

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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PSA: Self Care Is More Than Face Masks And Bubble Baths

It's actually taking care of yourself.

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When you think of self-care, you probably think of all those posts on Instagram and Pinterest of a girl sitting in a bathtub reading a book. And while that's great sometimes, that's not exactly self-care. Self-care is more than that.


First off, self-care is taking care of your mental health. If you were up late last night studying for a test, it's OK to say no to going out with friends the next day. Sometimes, it's more important to take care of yourself instead of trying to do it all. I know, I get FOMO too. But, we have to understand that taking care of ourselves should be our first priority. You never want to overdo it. This is probably the most important thing to remember, that it is 100% okay to say no.


Another thing that is a big part of self-care is letting it all out. Whether that be journaling or just venting to a friend, it's important to never keep all your emotions bottled up. As far as journaling goes, there's no right way to do it. Just spill all your emotions onto paper and you'll feel a lot better, trust me. If something is bothering you, write it down or tell a friend what's going on. If you keep to yourself, everything will eventually become too much that you just lose it.


Remember to stay positive. Tell yourself positive affirmations each day. Telling yourself things as simple as "I am beautiful" or "I got this" can really be a great reminder. Look up positivity quotes and read a few, listen to an uplifting song, or read a chapter of a book that makes you feel good. All of these things are small ways that can help your mental health.


Surround yourself with people that make you feel good. If you're around people who bring you down, that's not going to help you in any way. Spend time with people that are good for your mental health. But, also remember to take time alone.


It's important to always be mindful of yourself. Self-care is important, and taking care of your mental health is the most important aspect of it. While face masks and bubble baths can be fun and relaxing, always make sure you take time to check up on your mental health as well. That's what self-care TRULY is.

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