Really bloody good – Tsuno brings a sustainable and ethical touch to your period
Real talk – periods are the absolute worst. There is no way around this fact. Shedding your uterus, experiencing the whole spectrum of human emotion in the space of five minutes and bloating like a pufferfish are just some of the delightful things that menstruating individuals get to go through on the regular. So how on earth do you put a positive spin on something so crappy? You use it to make a tangible change in the world, which is exactly what ethical and sustainable sanitary product brand Tsuno is doing.
As well as providing ladies with safe and sustainable sanitary items, Tsuno is first and foremost a social enterprise. Founder Roz Campbell was inspired to start the project after becoming shocked at just how few safe and ethical options there were for women who chose to use disposable sanitary products. At the same time, Roz learned of the charity One Girl – an amazing organisation that provides education scholarships and sanitary pads to marginalised girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda. The two seemed so undeniably linked that she decided she wanted to make a change on both fronts, and Tsuno was born. To this day, 50 percent of the brand’s profits are donated to charities that focus on empowering women, with the main focus being education and menstrual support.
When it comes to the product, Tsuno creates a whole new level of comfort for a time that is not typically associated with feeling good. The pads are made from a natural bamboo and a corn fibre top sheet – which means no gnarly chemicals will be rubbing up against you – and are individually wrapped in biodegradable sleeves. The tampons are similarly gentle and come with a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, meaning they are some of the safest on the market – pesticides, fertilisers and unhealthy farming practices have no place in the brand’s manufacturing process. To top it all off, Tsuno products are packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes that have been beautifully designed and decorated. Packaging features different editions of a range of artists’ work, with designs from Erin Lightfoot, Tim Royall, Evi O, Eloise Rapp and Andrea Shaw appearing.
Want to use your period to give other women power? You can shop the Tsuno range online or find your nearest stockist here.