10 January 2023

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The First Step in Ending Period Stigma is Education

The First Step in Ending Period Stigma is Education

by Vikki VanSickle
I talk about periods a lot, even before I stepped into the position of education coordinator at The Period Purse last September. At parties, book events, in casual conversation—it doesn’t take very long before I start talking about menstrual equity, period products, or period facts I wish I had known years ago. My narrator got her first period in Words That Start With B—my very first kids’ book, published thirteen years ago—something that young readers still emai...

28 December 2022

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Donations, Dymon and Storage

Donations, Dymon and Storage

The Period Purse (TPP) has a storage unit in Toronto, that provides you a drop off location year round! (Sorry, you do have to have access to a car.) 1. Come when you can! The TPP headquarters are located in Dymon Storage. 1460 The Queensway, Etobicoke (near Kipling & The Queensway) You can drop off your donation during business hours: Monday-Friday 8am-9pm
Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Dymon Storage (big tall sign that says, "Dymon")
The Period Purse
1460 The Queensway
Etobicoke,...

26 November 2022

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Choosing Sustainable Period Products

Choosing Sustainable Period Products

by Jannie Nheng
Period products like tampons, liners and pads, are made with plastic, which has negative ecological impacts on our environment. These products can take up to 450 years to decompose in landfills, sewer systems and waterways. If you are looking for more ecologically friendly period products, take heart! There are many reusable options on the market to consider.  Consider the options available  Over the course of a lifetime, a single menstruator will use an average of 4,000 pads and ...

1 October 2022

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Why are periods harder for some than others?

Why are periods harder for some than others?

by Sammi Ho
Periods have no gender. But many of us don’t think about that. Hi, I’m Sammi Ho (she/her) and I am the Community Engagement Strategic Associate at Friends of Ruby. Friends of Ruby is dedicated to serve 2SLGBTQIA+ youth through free counselling, case management, and transitional housing. This year, we’re teaming up with The Period Purse to highlight how periods really do have no gender! For the 2SLGBTQIA+ youth that we serve at Friends of Ruby, financial barriers can be a cha...

16 September 2022

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The Ins and Outs of Creating an App

The Ins and Outs of Creating an App

by Emilia K.
  It was one idea, and many months later we created a period tracking app! It was the summer of my grade 11 year, when I learned about youth participation with The Period Purse (TPP )- it was an opportunity to create a period tracking app. Students from a University of Toronto club were looking to collaborate with a nonprofit organization to turn an idea into reality. We had to “keep this project confidential” until it launched. After working on the app all school year, Men...

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