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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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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Cross-Country Running Turned Me Into Superwoman

Running pulled me out of my everyday funk.

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Before I found the key to my personal success, waking up each morning was a drag. I did not know how to change my negativity. Early every morning my alarm clock would scream at its highest pitch and loudest volume to scold me for existing.

Breakfast (the most important meal of the day) was bland, lifeless, or even just skipped completely. There seemed no point in fueling a broken, run-down engine.

Packing up my heavy, oversized backpack was an everyday annoyance. I would swing my worthless school textbooks over my shoulder, beginning another exhausting day.

I destroyed this negative mindset when I found cross-country running. Introduced to me by a close friend, I had no idea that the sport would soon ameliorate my life.

Today, I wake up before my alarm clock even needs to tell me that it is time to start a new and exciting day of learning and improvement.

Breakfast is of utmost importance. A vigorous, motivated running machine needs nutrients for fuel. I look at myself in the mirror as I tie my hair back; I feel beautiful and capable. Most importantly, I know I can take on anything.

With my running shoes tied tight and my muscles thoroughly stretched and warmed up, I burst out of the door. I hold my head up high and roll my shoulders back, assuming the posture of a powerful superhero. With each stride I beat down upon the ground, leaving clouds of dust behind. My heartbeat is jolted as my legs push forward with power; straining my body. Cramps crawl up my sides, begging me to slow down or stop. They tighten their grip when I refuse to abandon my mission. I feel my overexerted heartbeat burst through my clenching ribcage while my laboring lungs wheeze.

When I put all my energy into keeping the steady rhythm of my feet launching off from the ground, when my breath flows deeply and steadily, then and only then am I able to become greater than any issue or shortcoming. I no longer need to rely on anyone; I just need my running shoes, my body, and my motivation.

This endorphin and adrenaline releasing exercise put me in a positive mindset, motivating me to make other self-improvements. I know I can focus all my energy into running dexterously; holding my pace for over an hour with great confidence. Therefore, I know I must have the ability to sit down for an hour and focus on understanding my calculus homework, on discovering the meaning of life, on writing a book powerful enough to change the world, on finding the answer to world peace or writing my first article for Odyssey.

I hold the same mantra: just keep going, focus your energy, you can and will achieve.

Running has taught me how to focus the entirety of my energy into one task - to not worry how long it takes to accomplish, but rather how well the task is being done. Being proficient in this skill helps me absorb more knowledge from everyday classes.

This life-enhancing sport has truly changed my overall mood and feeling towards the world around me. I look forward to finding myself completely immersed in challenging college courses, discovering fields that captivate me, and continuing to write for Odyssey. Running has taught me that this goal will be achievable.

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