Today it is not sold in Spain but Tampax also has its own menstrual cup. It is silicone, it was launched in October last year and is only available in the United States. Although the most curious thing is that it has just become a museum piece at the V&A in London.
It has been as part of its Rapid Response collection that gathers objects that are part of important moments of recent history and that are related to the world of design and manufacturing.
In this way, the cup has become the second object of the collection related to the period. The first is a 1910 sanitary belt.
In a blog post on the museum, Alice Power, deputy curator of the V&A, explained that "the social taboos surrounding menstruation and the ephemeral nature of the products associated with it have made these are historically difficult to collect"However, according to Power," although the period has often been ignored in museums, that era is now finally coming to an end. "
He has also explained that the acquisition of the Tampax Cup is inspired by the growing rejection of single-use plastics.
"The market for alternatives to single-use plastics in the products for the rule is growing. At the time that Tampax, one of the world's largest producers of disposable products for the period, announced that they were going to get a menstrual cup we knew we could be facing a new acquisition for the collection, "said Power.
However, this cup has received criticism since its departure by be a reusable but not sustainable product as it tries to seem. The problem is in your packaging and it is sold inside a cardboard box unnecessarily large for its size, with a plastic window. In addition, it includes a hard plastic box for storing the cup and a pack of individually packaged plastic wipes. Therefore, it does not meet the objective of reducing waste to a minimum.
A critique that adds to that of their tampons, whose applicators stopped being cardboard a few years ago to become plastic. A movement of the firm with which nothing against the current trend of reducing plastics by the environment.