Plastic Free July, And Beyond

For the last several years the GladRags team has taken part in the Plastic Free July Challenge. Each one of us pledges to up our personal efforts toward reducing single-use plastic in our own lives, at home, out and about, and at work. The idea is that if we each focus on eliminating single-use plastics this month, then we will collectively be less dependent on single-use plastics next month. The more people who hop onboard with that challenge means we get that much closer, that much faster to a world free from plastic pollution. Ahh. Yes please.

An empty bathroom stall trash can with a sticker that says "to reorder no 260 disposal bags".
Replacing single-use period products with reusables means a whole lot less plastic trash.

The Impact Of Plastic Free July

The Plastic Free July Challenge began in 2011 and has been steadily gaining momentum across the globe. An estimated 250 million across 177 countries took part in the July 2019 challenge! That’s 250 million people who committed to swapping out reusables for single-use disposable plastics, effectively reducing their household waste by almost 50 lbs per person! Participants contributed to a global reduction of almost 2 billion pounds of plastic waste. The challenge offers easy ideas and resources for setting aside the single-use plastic habit, and those changes become new habits that are healthier, and save money.

Two people each hold a reusable menstrual product, one holds a cloth pad with a pink and green floral print on a blue background, the other holds a menstrual cup.

GladRags Is A Plastic Free Company

It would be pretty rude if we as employees took the Plastic Free July Challenge but left the business out of it! As a Certified B Corporation we’re committed to transparency and ongoing efforts at eliminating plastic waste in all aspects of GladRags operations.

GladRags Cloth Pads – All of our pads are made here in Portland from 100% cotton. No synthetics. No plastic. Just soft, breathable, and highly absorbent layers of cotton flannel and cotton terrycloth. A plastic barrier of any kind simply is not required.

XO Flo and XO Flo Mini Menstrual Cups – XO Flo is a soft, internally-worn reusable menstrual cup made with body-safe medical grade silicone. Medical grade silicone has been tested and approved by the FDA for biocompatibility, and is not a plastic. Learn more.

Manufacturing and Distribution – When packaging is required, GladRags products are packaged and shipped in recycled, recyclable, and/or biodegradable materials. We even use plastic-free tape! And this year (we’re so excited about this) we finally eliminated the peskiest piece of office trash: the backs of the adhesive shipping labels! Our previous labels had backs that were not recyclable, and this year we were able to switch to ones that are, cutting our in-office trash production considerably. Learn more.

A person sitting at a table pulls an unwrapped cloth pad out of a brown eco mailer.
Hope you didn’t want plastic with that order.

Plastic Free July, August, September, October … (you get it)

July is just a drop in the well of a whole lot of work to do to truly revolutionize the global plastic problem. But this team is in it to win it all year long! And we have a feeling you are too, which is why we love you so dang much. Thanks for rising to the challenge with us! Cheers!

A smiling person with a great smile and wearing glasses holds out a reusable mug in a cheers pose.
Happy Plastic Free July, and beyond!