Mooncup menstrual cup

Made:
2018
inventor:
Leona W. Chalmers

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One Mooncup, the reusable menstrual cup, size A. Made in Brighton, by Mooncup, packed in October 2018.

Disposable period products have a large environmental impact, and this has become an important topic of conversation. A disposable tampon is around 6% plastic, and many have plastic applicators. This means they take a long time to break down in landfill and disposable period products are regularly found during beach cleans in the UK. Reusable menstrual cups like these offer an alternative which has much less impact on the environment.

However, the high upfront cost of purchasing reusable pads and the need to wash them regularly means that access to them is not always equal.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
2020-16
Materials:
cardboard, cotton (fibre) and silicon
type:
menstrual cup
taxonomy:
  • menstrual product
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel