Philosophy: Mooncup menstrual cups offer an end to the waste, discomfort and expense of disposable sanitary protection. They are safer, being made from medical grade silicone, the Mooncup is latex-free and contains no dyes, toxins or bleaches. Menstrual Cups are also great for women with sensitive skin. They are greener, on average one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which will end up in landfill or in the sea. Menstrual Cups are cheaper too regardless of your flow, you only need one of the Mooncup Menstrual Cups, which will last for years.
History and Origin: The first menstrual cups were developed as early as the 1930s, around the same time as the first commercial tampon. The menstrual cups, although adopted by some liberally minded women, struggled to compete with huge marketing campaigns of the disposables manufacturers and a culture that associated disposability with convenience.
Menstrual cups gained popularity during the 1980s as women began searching for eco-friendly (and cheaper) alternatives to disposable products. It was around this time that Su Hardy, the founder of Mooncup Menstrual Cups, while backpacking around Australia with her one-year old daughter, discovered latex menstrual cups and began importing it them on a small scale on her return to the UK.
After extensive research following reports of latex allergies, she discovered a hypoallergenic alternative to latex: medical grade silicone and, in the Spring of 2002, the Mooncup was launched.
From Su’s one–woman crusade selling moon cups from her bedroom at home, Mooncup Ltd. grew quickly into a small, ethical business responding to ever-growing numbers of women demanding the Moon cups. In 2007, So Organic decided to stock Moon cups following requests from their customers. Today, the Mooncup is sold in over forty countries around the world.
Why We Chose Them: The So Organic staff testing team tried Moon Cups back in 2006. It was a revelation, and So Organic immediately started selling Moon Cups! We would definitely recommend them to our female friends. Cheaper in the short, medium and long term, immeasurably better for the environment, and definitely better for you.
Who Would Like Them? Any female of the correct age that wants to help reduce landfill, and save money will like Moon Cups.
Personal / Press Recommendations: "Many women are often put off the idea of moon cups because they think it will be messy or uncomfortable. However, almost everyone I know that has tried one, including myself, and up recommending them to their friends." Samantha, So Organic Founder, London, December 2009.