# They're Skipping School Because Of Their Period. This Tiny Cup Is Changing All That.

### Sometimes freedom comes in the most unlikely forms.

### Meet the Ruby Cup.

It's a silicone and eco-friendly menstrual cup. Now I know you may be thinking, "Ummm ... what kind of cup?" (That's you making a face in the GIF below.)

Calm down and don't get grossed out. We can talk about periods like adults; it's no biggie! Plus, these menstrual cups are doing a heck of a lot of good.

### Menstrual cups are good for the environment.

Similar to a tampon, the Ruby Cup is worn during your period. But the main difference is it's reusable, so there's no leftover waste.

### Menstrual cups are helping girls in developing nations.

Not only is the Ruby Cup a sustainable product, the company is committed to education. In many parts of the world, women and girls do not have access to affordable tampons and pads. Because some girls turn to unsafe and ineffective homemade alternatives like newspaper or tree bark during their period, many end up staying home from school during their menstrual cycle to avoid potentially embarrassing accidents. The Ruby Cup founders decided to focus their efforts in Kenya after reading a study on menstrual health in Nairobi.

Check out the video below to learn more about their programs and how they're making a difference.

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For every Ruby Cup sold, the company donates one to a student in Kenya and then sponsors training sessions for students on reproductive health and how to take care of their bodies. Pretty cool, huh? You can purchase your own Ruby Cup or just donate one through their website.