Come join the awesome bikey women of Sustainable Cycles for a workshop on sustainable menstrual products!
Sustainable Cycles: Who are we?
Sustainable Cycles is a collective of "spokeswomen" who travel across the country by bicycle to lead workshops about eco-friendly menstrual products. The project was started in 2011 by Sarah Konner and Toni Craige, who biked down the West Coast meeting with groups of women to discuss the cultural taboos of menstruation and pass around a show-and-tell kit of alternatives to single-use pads and tampons. The project gained momentum and a year later, Rachel Horn led a second bicycle tour, talking about periods and the environmental impact of the products we use everywhere she went.
Now, SIX WOMEN from diverse backgrounds want to take the project to the next level! Rachel and Olive from Los Angeles, Ruby and Sarah from New York City, Rosie from Australia, and Kim from South Africa are going to bike from the West Coast to Boston. Our six riders will follow two separate routes (one southern and one midwestern) from California to converge in Richmond, VA. Then we will ride in one big group up the east coast to end at the Society of Menstrual Cycle Research's National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. We will present our project at the June 2015 event and network with others doing work in this field.
SO FAR, MENSTRUAL CUP AND REUSABLE CLOTH PAD COMPANIES HAVE DONATED OVER 1,000 SAMPLES FOR US TO PROMOTE AND DISTRIBUTE ON OUR TRIP! OUR SPONSORS INCLUDE DIVA CUP, LUNETTE, MY OWN CUP, RUBY CUP, PARTY IN MY PANTS, AND GLAD RAGS.
During our three months on the road, we will host events in different cities along our routes and start person-to-person conversations with hundreds of women about menstrual health and alternative products. We will encourage them to switch to methods that are safer and more environmentally friendly, and spread the word to their friends and communities. Let's break the cycle of shame and embarrassment around "cycling"!
You can donate to support their Indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sustainable-cycles--2