Meet the GladRags Ambassadors

We recently received a product review from a customer who just discovered reusables (and fell in love with them, of course!) She said she was a little angry that no one had ever told her about cloth pads and menstrual cups before, since they are such a life-changer. Our first thought was, “if only she’d run into a GladRags ambassador!”

Now, you may be wondering what the heck GladRags ambassadors are. Do they wear a sash made of cloth pads? The answer is: a team of reusable menstrual product enthusiasts who help educate people about the choices they have when it comes to their periods, and no, a sash is not required (though if you’re needing inspiration, we once made one at GladRags HQ!)

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We know that the most common way people find out about reusables is through a friend or peer, so having a passionate and informed group that is excited to spread the word is so important to us. We also know that our team will function best if they have a variety of activities to choose from and can work at their own speed. Each month there is a different challenge to complete, like hunting for GladRags products in local stores and posting a photo of your findings on social media. In between, members can do whatever suits them – write a blog post, bring brochures to an event, have a period-themed party…there are so many possibilities! Last but not least, the ambassador Facebook group really helps to bring us together as a community. Members are always posting interesting articles, stories, and photos, not to mention answering each other’s questions and generally being a friendly and supportive bunch!

In order to better showcase our team, we’d like to introduce you to a few of the ambassadors themselves.

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Name: Amanda Nash- Jimenez

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Occupation: Transfer Specialist at Arizona State University

Interests: Writing, Making the World a Better Place, Spending time and making memories with my family, NEW ADVENTURES, traveling

What is your favorite way to spread the word about reusables?

Simply to talk about it…the more uncomfortable the topic, the more I am happy to talk about it.  Language and words are not meant to be taboo and neither are the amazing things that happen with our bodies.

What kind of responses have you gotten to social media posts?

Some individuals are grossed out, some people LIKE and some like to pretend they don’t see them.  However, it is my way to help spread the word and inform people about what they don’t know.

Has being an ambassador changed other parts of your life? 

Yes, we now talk more about periods in my home.  Further, I host two foreign exchange students and it has become a common topic in our home, with one child being somewhat open and interested and the other scared to death of it!!!! 🙂

What has been your most memorable moment as an ambassador?

When my daughter asked me if I was getting her a cup for Christmas!  This would not have happened if I were not an ambassador and didn’t try reusables myself.  Also, in the last 3 periods I have only used one disposable each cycle…and that is a huge change for my body and the earth.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am a host mom, stepmom, god mom and grandmom and I think it is our job as women to break the taboo not by just talking about it, but by doing it.  Education is the key, and we must inform our sisters, daughters, mothers and friends of the dangers in using disposables…not just for our own bodies, but for MOTHER EARTH.

 

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Name: Kate Hilts

Location: Portland, OR

Occupation: College student / Receptionist / Admission Office Intern

Interests: coffee, crafts, horror films, feminist theory, environmentalism, vegan food, politics, thrift stores.

What is your favorite way to spread the word about reusables?

By telling people that I use them! Any time someone asks me for a tampon or commiserates about their period is an opportunity for me to slip in how much easier ~the cup life~ is.

What kind of responses have you gotten to social media posts?

Mostly passive engagement; likes, for example. Engaging in real discussion about stuff people see as strange (like reusables) is tough. But that first like is a basis for a later conversation, or could be the beginning of a change.

Has being an ambassador changed other parts of your life?

Somewhat– it’s a good reminder to keep the conversation about reusables going, and why reusables are so important. Plus it’s cool to be in a like-minded community of people who want to chat about period shaming in our culture, or will appreciate this cool body-positive lingerie brand I found.

What has been your most memorable moment as an ambassador?

When I won this year’s October challenge!! It was fun just to participate, and a huge bonus to win a great carry bag!

Anything else you’d like to share?

For anyone interested in spreading the word about reusables, I think the best thing you can do is not be shy about using them. The thing that will make someone realize that reusables aren’t weird or gross is if someone they know uses them!

Name: Zoë Etkin

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Birth & postpartum doula, sexual & reproductive wellness coach, writer

Interests: The menstrual cycle! Poetry. Babies, birth and parenting. Women’s sexuality. Pugs.

What is your favorite way to spread the word about reusables?

My favorite way is through my facebook community, Menstruation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/menstruationLA/, formerly MenstruationLA. It had to grow because folks from all over are joining the conversation!

What kind of responses have you gotten to social media posts?

Great response–some of my initial posts about reusables launched the Menstruation Facebook group. I saw that women were seeking a forum to talk about menstruation in honest and positive ways, and made the decision to create a group.

Has being an ambassador changed other parts of your life?

It’s helped me reach more women by providing teaching tools and fun ideas for sparking conversation.

What has been your most memorable moment as an ambassador?

Hosting some in person gatherings where women could actually see and touch menstrual cups, pads, etc. and learn in a hands on way.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love menstruation! It’s such an important factor in our health that is so often “cleaned up.” I want to help women embrace the greater cycle we are all a part of. <3

These are just a few of our awesome ambassadors! Want to join them? Apply to be a GladRags ambassador here.