The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women" By Isabelle Smith and Josie Milton

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About The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

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The Monthly Co.

 

The Monthly Co. is a new social enterprise which aims to provide a service for the delivery of 100% organic cotton tampons to-your-door, with every purchase resulting in a donation to women in need.

 

We’re a collective of women supporting women. For every order we send out to our paying subscribers, we donate a box of tampons to our charitable partners such as Aviva (formerly the Christchurch Women's Refuge).

Our mission is two fold: to make 100% organic cotton tampons more affordable and convenient for women on the go while at the same time restoring dignity to at-risk women who have limited access to safe feminine hygiene.

 

PledgeMe: Why you should order now!

 

Help us make The Monthly Co. a reality! With your support and pre-orders of our subscriptions we can order our first shipment of tampons from Europe to get The Monthly Co. up and running. Our goal is to raise $15,000 - we need to sell at least half of our shipment in subscription pre-orders to meet this goal!

 

We’re offering a number of rewards to recognise those that help us reach our target, including pre-orders of our tampon subscriptions.

 

 

Charitable Partners

 

We’ve partnered with Aviva (formerly the Christchurch Women’s Refuge). Aviva help individuals and families to become - and stay - free of violence. Check out their website to find out more about the awesome work they do: http://www.avivafamilies.org.nz.


Aviva currently receive donations of food and clothing from members of the public, but often people forget to donate hygiene products such as tampons, so for every order we send out, we will donate a box of tampons to Aviva who will distribute them to women in need. We’re working to bring on new charitable partners across the country so we fulfil our mission of restoring dignity to at-risk women who have limited access to safe feminine hygiene.

By donating or pre-ordering your subscription today you are directly helping women in need!

 

 

Organic

 

The Monthly Co. tampons are made from 100% organic cotton - free from wood pulp fibres, pesticides, chlorine bleach, fragrances, GMO’s, BPA or synthetic coating. This means the only thing in contact with your body is naturally absorbent 100% pure organic cotton.


Better for the Environment: On average women use more than 11,000 tampons and/or pads a lifetime, that’s enough to fill at least TWO bath tubs with tampons! Synthetic or conventional cotton tampons use a number of harsh chemicals, contaminating soils and water systems and can take many years to break down. Our 100% organic tampons are
100% biodegradable.

 

Two sizes: The Monthly Co. 100% organic tampons come in two sizes - regular and super. We also offer a combo order of half regular and half super.  We plan on offering more options and product varieties in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit our website: https://themonthly.co.nz or see our FAQs below

 

Our Campaign Friends

 

We are so grateful to have the support of these awesome local New Zealand businesses as our campaign friends - their wonderful products are available as a bundle with one of our tampon subscriptions, or if you don't need tampons for yourself you can still support by getting a Fix and Fogg PB or a Little Yellow Bird tee embroidered with our campaign slogan.

 

We are also excited to announce that our first 100 Pledgers will go in the draw to WIN a $200 Cakes By Anna Voucher!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team

 

Isabelle Smith (left) and Josie Milton (right), co-founders of The Monthly Co.

 

FAQs

 

Is The Monthly Co. a charity? The Monthly Co. is a social enterprise. We aim donate at least 20,000 tampons from our first shipment of tampons, through our women supporting women pledge.

 

What is a social enterprise? The Ākina Foundation defines a social enterprise as providing a ‘means to improve social wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and economic performance in Aotearoa New Zealand’. Here at The Monthly Co., we are purpose-driven to have a strong positive environmental and social impact through our ethical and sustainable business model and women supporting women pledge.

 

What is your ‘women supporting women' pledge? The Monthly Co. is a social enterprise with a two fold mission: to make tampons more affordable and convenient for women on the go while at the same time restoring dignity to at-risk women who have limited access to safe feminine hygiene. For every order we ship to you, we donate a box of tampons to women in need through our charitable partner Aviva. This means everytime you get your period, you're supporting another women.

 

We aim donate at least 20,000 tampons to women in need from our first shipment of tampons.

 

Who are your charitable partners? We are pleased to have partnered with Aviva (formerly the Christchurch Women's Refuge) and as we expand we hope to bring on more charitable partners across New Zealand.

 

What are The Monthly Co. tampons made from? The Monthly Co. tampons are made from organic cotton and our tampon boxes are recyclable. The Monthly Co. tampons are 100% biodegradable, they do not contain chlorine, fragrances, synthetics, chemicals or dyes.

 

Why organic? Our 100% organic cotton tampons are soft, pure, absorbent and breathable, without the nasties that can be found in synthetic or non-organic cotton tampons. Not only are they better for the environment and 100% biodegradable, many women who experience irritation from other products experience relieved symptoms when shifting to organic.

 

Where are The Monthly Co. tampons produced? Our tampons are manufactured in Europe (under fair labour laws and working conditions) from a GOTS certified factory (Global Organic Textiles Standard). GOTS is the worldwide leading standard for organic textiles like cotton. GOTS certification ensures our cotton is ethically sourced - it protects workers rights by ensuring voluntary employment, safe working conditions, fair wages and absolutely no child labour.

 

How many tampons are in each box? Our tampon boxes contain 8 100% organic tampons. Our slim line packaging is designed to fit easily into a bag to carry with you on the go. The minimum order requirement is 2 boxes, a total of 16 tampons. You can order two boxes of either regular or super tampons or a combo order with one box regular and one box super.  

 

Do you stock pads or liners or other products? We are currently working on finding a sustainable and ethical supplier of pads and liners and also moon cups so we can introduce new products to our range while still giving back to women in need, stay tuned for product announcements and updates!

 

What kind of plastic do you use on your products? We are working hard to move the plastic wrapper component of our tampons to biodegradable plastics, the products themselves are 100% biodegradable. Unfortunately many biodegradable plastics do not actually compost in home systems and have a poor shelf life. As soon as we can find a biodegradable plastic material that is fully biodegradable, isn't cost prohibitive and has an appropriate shelf life, we will be making the shift. In the meantime, our tampon plastic wrapper can be recycled with other soft plastics at many local recycling facilities.

 

When will they be delivered? Our service is customisable to suit your needs and preferences. You can choose to have your order delivered monthly or bi-monthly for a length of 6 months or 12 months. Alternatively, you can select a one off order or monthly delivery for 3 months. We aim to get your orders to your door on the first day of every month.

If we are successful in reaching our PledgeMe target we will be able to order our first shipment of tampons from Europe. However, our shipment could take up to 2 months to arrive by sea frieght but we would aim to have your first monthly delivery to your door as soon as possible.

 

What is a bi-monthly order? A bi-monthly order means we will send you 2 months worth of tampons every second month for your subscription length, so you will never be caught short again!

 

I don't live in New Zealand, do you ship internationally? We hope to expand our shipping beyond New Zealand as we grow, keep following us for updates.


I can’t find the answer to my question in this FAQ’s? Please feel free to send us an email to hello@themonthly.co.nz and we’ll do our best to answer your question. 

Thank you for your support!

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Updates

    Our final update for 2017...

    10:12AM Fri 15/12/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    With just 10 days till Christmas, we’re pleased to give you one last Monthly Co. update for 2017 before we roll into the New Year:

     

    Rewards without tampons: If you pledged a reward without tampons you should have received your reward by now and we hope you enjoy it! If you have not received your reward, please flick us an email at hello@themonthly.co.nz

     

    Rewards with tampons: If you pledged a reward with tampons we are pleased to let you know that our first shipment is on its way!

    Please keep reading for some important info on these rewards:

    • We have put together a survey so you can tell us which combination of tampon boxes you would like and confirm your delivery address. Click here to access or copy and paste the url: https://goo.gl/forms/EyzXos9jPJRkbToG2. Please fill in the survey by 1st Jan.

    • We will be sending out our first month of subscriptions (+rewards) on the 1st of Feb, so keep an eye on the letterbox!

     

    As always - if you have any questions or feedback please give us a buzz at hello@themonthly.co.nz - we’d love to hear from you.

     

    We’d like to take this opportunity to say another massive thank you for supporting The Monthly Co. this year. We could not have got to this point without you backing us and our PledgeMe Campaign.

     

    2018 is going to be an even bigger year for us as we get our first tampon orders out the door and launch sales direct from our website. We are excited to grow our Monthly Collective so that we can continue to support Aviva and increase our impact by bringing on new charitable partners throughout New Zealand - So spread the word and share our story with #themonthlycollective

     

    Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year,

     

    With love from The Monthly Co. team xx

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    We have some exciting news to update you on…

    08:16PM Wed 29/11/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    Today we received confirmation from our tampon supplier that our order of 100,000 tampons is now on the production line and will be ready for collection on 20th January!

     

    Our freight forwarder is all set to pick up our order that day to ship them direct to us in New Zealand. Unfortunately given the size of our order, we need to ship the tampons via sea freight which takes a lot longer than transit times we are all used to these days with air freight. Our freight forwarder estimates the shipment will take 50 days to arrive in New Zealand, however as soon as they are delivered to us we can begin packaging up your order to send direct to you.

     

    It’s been a long journey getting The Monthly Co. to this stage and we can’t wait to get our order on the ship to New Zealand in Jan. We really appreciate your patience waiting for your subscription – we promise to make it worth the wait!

     

    If you have any questions or need to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at hello@themonthly.co.nz

     

    Thank you again for all your support.

     

    With love,

     

    The Monthly Co. Team

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    Next steps!

    12:15PM Fri 27/10/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    Hi everyone,

     

    It’s been 2 weeks since we successfully crowdfunded on PledgeMe and we couldn’t have done it without your support!

     

    We wanted to touch base with you and update you on our progress, which has included:

    • PledgeMe finalising our list of pledgers and organising payments

    • Negotiations with our organic cotton tampon supplier in Europe

    • Coordinating with freight companies to try get our shipment here asap

     

    You’ve pledged your support, and now we get to reward you!

    As the tampons are coming from Europe via sea freight, we’re expecting a 2 month delivery time. All rewards coming with our tampons will also be delivered using this timeframe. For the rewards that didn’t include tampons, we will be working with our campaign friends to get these orders on their way as fast as we can.

     

    First admin note: We’ve emailed everyone who ordered one of our LYB tees to collect sizes before they do their restock, so check your inboxes people! If you think you’ve been missed, you can reach us at hello@themonthly.co.nz

     

    Finally, we just want to say again how grateful, happy and incredibly thankful we are to all of you for supporting our PledgeMe campaign - with your help we can now make The Monthly Co. a reality and make a big difference to the lives of disadvantaged girls and women in New Zealand. You’ve been an amazing collective of supporters.

     

    We’ll be in touch again soon, and if you have any other questions sing out by flicking us an email.

     

    Once again our biggest thanks to you!

     

    Love,

     

    Josie and Isabelle

     

    The Monthly Co. Team

     

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    Thank you for supporting The Monthly Co!

    02:53PM Thu 12/10/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    3 days to go!

     

    It’s time for our final push with just 3 days left on PledgeMe!

    Our campaign for The Monthly Co. wraps up at 9pm this Sunday 15th October and we’d like to say a massive thank you for helping us get this far.

    We’re hoping to sell as many subscription pre-orders between now and Sunday and we’d love your help. If you know someone that would like to join our collective of women helping women, encourage them to pre-order today!

    For our Christchurch based supporters a quick reminder that we still have a few special rewards going thanks to the awesome team at Fill Their Lunchbox - choose from our ‘Ultimate Giver Rewards’ and get a $45 voucher for just $35 or the same great deal paired with a 3 month trial subscription.

    It’s not too late for businesses to sign on board too - if you know a business that should join our collective, make sure you let them know.

    We are so grateful to have such a supportive crowd backing The Monthly Co. Together we’ve raised $12,500, just $2500 shy of our target, so a big thanks again to you.

     

    3 days to go… let’s smash this!

     

    Love, The Monthly Co.

     

    P.s This week our co-founder Josie talked to Good Magazine - if you haven't seen the write up - check it out here: http://www.good.net.nz/article/monthly-co


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    Thank you for your support

    09:37AM Mon 09/10/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    1 week to go!

     

    We’ve got 1 week left on PledgeMe and we’d love your help to spread the word!

    To get The Monthly Co. up and running we need to reach our $15k target by Sunday 15th October.

    Help us spread the word by sharing on your social media channels to let all your friends and family know that you support The Monthly Co. mission and that they can make a Pledge too!

    If you'd like some content to share - we recently sat down with Julie from Aviva to hear more about the awesome they do and how The Monthly Co. can make a difference to their clients - check out our interview on our Facebook page or Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcsRTbyYJNs

    Remember we also have a number of rewards for businesses to support women in their work place while also helping women in need. If you know a business that should get on board make sure you let them know.

     

    Thanks again for your generous support, with your help we can make The Monthly Co. a reality.

     

     

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    Less than 2 weeks left on PledgeMe!

    01:08PM Mon 02/10/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    We offically have less than 2 weeks to go on PledgeMe! We're so grateful for the support you've given our campaign so far, with the combined genoristy of our pledgers we've managed to reach 1/3 of our target already.

    In order to make The Monthly Co. a reality we need to raise $10k over the coming 13 days. 

    To help make this happen we've launched a number of Business Bundle Rewards so that NZ Businesses can stock their bathrooms with our products and improve their workplace environments, helping not only their own staff but also our charitable partner Aviva.

    If you know a business that should get involved - let them know!

     

     

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    "New start-up delivers tampons to your door" - Stuff.co.nz

    08:56PM Mon 18/09/17 on The Monthly Co. - "A collective of women supporting women"

    We were so thrilled to get a write up about The Monthly Co. in Stuff. If you haven't already seen it, here is the link - https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/96796912/new-startup-delivers-tampons-to-your-door

    Thank you so much for your support of our campaign - Just think, if all our pledgers to date convinced just one friend or family member to make a pledge too, we'd reach 2/3 of target! Help us suppport women in need by spreading the word!

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      This project was successful and got its funding on 15/10/2017 at 9:00 PM.

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