Sustainable Cycles works to catalyze a grassroots, person-to-person revolution away from single-use, disposable menstrual products to reusable, sustainable options. We want as many women to make the switch as possible, and for users to become advocates – “spokeswomen” – in their communities. We see our work as a feminist, social, and environmental justice project.
Sarah Konner: Sarah is a dancer, environmentalist, and menstrual cycle activist. Sarah teaches gardening to kids in Brooklyn, New York.
I found out about menstrual cups from a friend in college, wished deeply I had known about them much earlier, and immediately starting talking about them, giving them to friends as gifts, and started researching, learning, and asking all about the menstrual cycle (a topic I had never been interested in before I switched to a cup). In 2011 Toni Craige and I founded Sustainable Cycles and went on the first bicycle tour, down the West coast from Seattle to LA. I am thrilled to see Sustainable Cycles continuing on–spreading seeds across the country and making connections with brave activists using their voices across the globe.
Toni Craige: Toni practices massage therapy, and teaches movement and bodywork classes in Raleigh, North Carolina. She co-founded Sustainable Cycles in 2011 with Sarah. Their 2011 West Coast tour was the seed of this project.
I am inspired to help as many people make the life-style change from single-use menstrual products to reusable cups as possible! This lifestyle change synthesizes many of my deepest values: responsible consumption and a more intimate and healthful relationship with our bodies. Most people who use a menstrual cup heard about it from a good friend. Maybe we can give people the support they need to make the switch: I believe that a person-to-person strategy can do something that print media and television cannot!
I love my bicycle, and I love my menstrual cup. The cup saves me money & time, it allows me to swim, bike, & run comfortably while reducing my exposure to dioxins and pesticide residues. The bicycle is the closest thing to flying that I’ve found. I love biking around and meeting and supporting the awesome menstrual activists of our day.
Ruby Gertz: is an art school admissions counselor and sewing instructor in Brooklyn, NY. Ruby loves crafting, making things, and riding her bike! She volunteers with WEBike NYC (Women’s Empowerment through Bicycles), and is in constant pursuit of the intersection of art and feminist activism.
Rosie’s background is in evolutionary biology, hydrology, and ecology and she has always been passionate about the interactions between humans and our environment, particularly our water supplies. Rosie became frustrated with the inefficiency in the field of ecological science, and felt she couldn’t make enough positive change through this career path. The daughter of an active birthing educator, dance therapist and “marvelous menstruation” coach, Rosie’s “Aha!” moment came when she bought a menstrual cup a little over a year ago. As a scuba diving instructor, she loved the convenience of not having to change a tampon in the middle of a dive class. She quickly saw the ramifications of the economic, social, environmental and sanitation benefits if the world’s women converted to using menstrual cups. During a conversation in the bathrooms at the Dead Sea, Israel; in August, she hatched a plan to publicize menstrual cups, make them accessible to women from disadvantaged backgrounds, reduce social stigmas around menstruation, and develop menstruation education programs for Australian girls and women. Rosie loves cycling, and is excited to be joining the Sustainable Cycles crew in Austin, Texas. She will be riding with them to the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference in Boston this June. Rosie loves blogging, dancing, riding, singing, diving, cooking and reading.
My name is Olive and I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating high school in 2012 I began a series of various adventures in order to pursue my love of food, music, language, nature, and, of course, biking. Through the magic of the LA bike scene I met the wonderful Rachel Horn. She got me my first menstrual cup, then invited me to bike with her from LA to Boston. And thus I set off for another grand adventure- this time to talk about periods along the way!