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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Wanna help?


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.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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