Hey Kali Girls! Jonna and I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the very awesome Jess Swanson for a feature in one of our local publications, the Broward Palm Beach New Times. Jess was excited about our partnership with #HappyPeriod and our drive for menstrual products for the local homeless population. Here’s a clip from the article, and you can read the full article here.

The average American woman uses approximately 16,800 tampons in her lifetime. Most women know little about tampon ingredients, despite the fact that anything touching the skin, especially on a regular basis, is absorbed into the bloodstream. The FDA classifies tampons as “medical devices” and does not require the materials to be disclosed on labeling.

Yet four to five days every month, women might be using products that contain chlorine (from bleaching cotton white), GMOs (from cotton), polyethylene, polypropylene, and propylene glycol (from the odor neutralizers and fragrance).

“Once you hear what’s in a tampon, you can never un-hear it,” says Sara Shake, co-founder of Kali, a new Fort Lauderdale-based organic tampon company. “We’re always trying to eat organic and make the right choices for our bodies, but we never thought about what we’re putting inside our bodies 24 hours a day, four to five days a month.”

Shake and her business partner Jonna Piira have always loved monthly subscription boxes, like Birch Box and Dollar Shave Club. They used that concept to create Kali, a monthly subscription box that delivers organic and biodegradable cotton tampons, wipes, and a rotating third pampering product, like rosewater blends or brown sugar body scrub. They shipped their first box on December 15 from their office in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Thank you Jess for helping to spread the awareness of using organic when it comes to your feminine hygiene products, we need more journalists like her that are willing to put the menstruation conversation front and center and use their platforms to educate women about their options.

For more information on the awesome work #HappyPeriod is doing and how you can get involved, check out their website!