Gendered Language in “Feminine” Hygiene We’ve long abandoned the term “feminine hygiene” when talking about our products. For one, “hygiene” implies that menstruation is unhygienic and requires special cleaning, bringing to mind sterile masks and latex gloves. Of course, this is probably what the makers of disposable products want you to think — that their…Read more
Portland, OR-based small business, GladRags, gets a brand makeover to celebrate period positivity and encourage a cultural shift toward reusable products.
If you’re a fan of Orange is the New Black, you probably agree that there are many eye-opening scenes. One that really hit home for us was when Sophia explains to a number of her fellow inmates the location of – and difference between – the vagina and urethra. Dealing in menstrual products means that we often…Read more
Sometimes people can’t imagine the idea of a cloth pad company not only surviving, but thriving. It is always a pleasure to point out to these doubting Thomases the date GladRags was established: July 27th, 1993. BOOM. However satisfying that may be, it is far more enjoyable to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to our…Read more
What do you do about your period when you’re going to be rafting on a river for 3 weeks? Kelli explored her menstruation options as she prepared for a trip to The Grand Canyon.
It’s here! Once again, summer has returned with her glowing mornings, midday siestas, and a spirit of playtime. And we want you to be extra good to yourself this summer. Drink a lot of water. Protect your skin. And let the footprints that you leave be found in the sand, not in the landfill. So…Read more
Summer is for trips to the beach, exploring nature, and visiting far-off lands. Fortunately, summer is also a great time to use reusable menstrual products! Here’s how you can be prepared for some common summer scenarios without having to use tampons or disposable pads. The Beach Getaway If you’re going to be rocking your itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie…Read more
Summer is coming. In Portland, it feels like it’s already here! And you know what that means: the flood of articles and posts exhorting us to get to work on our summer bodies has begun. This time of year seems to bring on even more of what we hear every day: we’ll be happy when. We’ll be happy…Read more
Help us name these groovy new prints and you could win a GladRags Day Pad in your choice of purple or blue! Comment with your suggestions; we’ll pick our fave names on June 6th when these new pads arrive to GladRags HQ. Please note: when commenting, you must log in or enter your email address…Read more
FACT: Half of the global population menstruates. It’s a normal biological function that ensures the continuation of the human species. And yet … FRUSTRATING FACTS: Many people still lack access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products, so they resort to unhygienic materials which leads to an increase in reproductive tract infections. Girls in developing countries…Read more