We need your help to launch XO Flo Mini, a new menstrual cup option designed for young people & those who need a slimmer fit. In January of this year, we released XO Flo to provide a new, updated option in the world of menstrual cups! Now it's time to make the Mini so we can provide comfortable, sustainable period protection for even more body types. This new size is perfect for people who typically prefer slim to regular tampons, are younger, or have never given birth.
As a thank you for backing our project and helping us make XO Flo Mini a reality, for every pre-order we'll be GIVING one XO Flo to our non-profit partner to distribute to those in need!
Our Mini size transforms the special design features of the classic XO Flo into a smaller scale, providing a more comfortable size option for young people and others who need a slimmer fit. Our customers (whether newbies or seasoned menstrual cup users) rave about XO Flo's thoughtful design:
"Amazing! This solves ALL of my major complaints that I have with the previous brands of cups that I have used!" - Ambear, Colorado
"This cup is FANTASTIC! I've been using cups for nearly 20 years and so far, this one is the most comfortable." - Happymama8, Wisconsin
"I've used other cups for years, and after two cycles on the XO, I'm never going back... I've also had no leaks at all!" - jet, Connecticut
But we need your help to make this new size of XO Flo happen! With your support, we'll also be able to distribute thousands of menstrual cups to menstruators in need, through our non-profit partner Period: the Menstrual Movement. For EVERY XO Flo sold through this Kickstarter, we’ll GIVE one to someone who lacks access to safe, healthy menstrual products.
XO Flo Mini is a thoughtfully designed menstrual cup we created to be more comfortable for smaller bodies. If you prefer slim to regular tampons, this cup is for you! The Mini is also a perfect fit for young people or teens, light flow, and those with a low cervix or sensitive bladder.
Despite its small size, the XO Flo Mini has approximately double the capacity of a tampon and can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time. Made with medical grade silicone, it won't over-absorb or over-dry like a tampon can, and won't leave fibers behind in the vaginal canal. With proper usage and care, your cup can last up to 10 years!
- DESIGNED FOR COMFORT: Unique inner support rings help your XO Flo open fully to prevent leaks. Its comfortable internal rim and smooth design make for easier insertion and removal. XO Flo's flexible stem may be trimmed, but it's so comfortable you probably won't need to!
- HIGH CAPACITY: XO Flo Mini holds over 30ml; a tampon holds 15 ml or less, depending on the size. XO Flo can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time!
- RESPONSIBLY MADE: XO Flo is proudly made in the USA with high-quality, medical-grade silicone.
- ZERO WASTE: Each XO Flo replaces 240 tampons per year, or 2,400 in its lifetime! Imagine no trash for 10 years--and no ongoing manufacturing waste from the creation, packaging, and shipping of thousands of tampons.
- SAVE MONEY: According to Jezebel, you're spending about $120 per year on disposable period products. XO Flo costs $35 (or less if you pre-order through this Kickstarter!) and can last for up to 10 years, saving you over $1,000!
- GIVE BACK: For every XO Flo ordered through this Kickstarter campaign, we'll give one to someone in need through our non-profit partner, Period.
We're so excited to work with Period: the Menstrual Movement to distribute XO Flo to menstruators in need! Period distributes free menstrual supplies to people struggling with homelessness, poverty, or domestic violence. Since 2014, they've provided products for over 160,000 periods!
XO Flo is a sustainable option for menstrual care, as it don't need to be re-purchased on a monthly basis. Each XO Flo can take care of 120 periods and replaces thousands of tampons!
Every XO Flo comes with detailed instructions and its own cotton storage pouch. When ordered through this Kickstarter, your XO Flo or XO Flo Mini (your choice!) will be delivered in its beautiful box with metallic foil accents.
We worked with Murmur Creative, a Portland design company, to develop XO Flo's unique branding and packaging. For XO Flo Mini, we'll enlist the help of the fabulous designers at Murmur once again to create packaging that reflects the luxurious, bold design of our menstrual cup.
"In a market where feminine hygiene products try to blend in as much as possible, XO Flo stands out." - The Dieline
- Show your period pride with a Uterus Love Pin measuring 1" round.
- Pledge at the Cloth Pantyliner Kit levels and receive 5 GladRags Color Pantyliners, a GladRags carry bag, mesh laundry bag, and the best-ever stain remover stick made by Buncha Farmers.
- Receive a limited edition Tote Bag featuring the cute menstrual cup love icon on XO Flo's packaging!
- *Limited Reward* - "A Cup in the Hand" or "Cup Comet" enamel pins from our friends at Put A Cup In it.
XO Flo is made by injecting medical-grade silicone into a stainless steel mold. After the XO Flo Mini mold is tooled to our exact specifications by skilled engineers, we'll continue to use the same mold for years to produce the XO Flo Mini.
There's no two ways about it: creating the mold for such a precise product is just plain costly. We're SUPER proud that XO Flo is made in the United States, and we're asking for your help so that we can afford to make XO Flo Mini here in the USA, too.
We work with a family-owned company in California that's been in business for over 30 years, and they're as picky about quality as we are. In fact, they specialize in molding precision parts for medical equipment and aircrafts. The manufacturing of XO Flo? Basically rocket science!
At GladRags, we (Meagan & Tracy) have been helping menstruators choose reusable menstrual products every day for years. Across thousands of customer conversations and personally testing the wide world of reusable menstrual care, we've pooled our accumulated period knowledge to create something new and unique: XO Flo & XO Flo Mini!
Meagan Brockway is the menstrual cup master of our team. Her eye for design and personal experience with a wide variety of menstrual cups lends XO Flo its innovative features and beautiful design. Meagan has three small dogs that often join us in the office, despite their lack of menstrual cup knowledge.
Tracy Puhl is the owner of GladRags and has personally used reusable menstrual products for over 10 years. Her passion for making a difference led to our partnership with Period, and she works hard to ensure that we always find new and innovative ways to use business as a force for good.
The two of us first worked together at a non-profit years ago, where we recognized a special spark in one another which would inevitably lead to collaboration. Others noticed too, and we were affectionately dubbed "the dynamic duo!" Together, Meagan & Tracy are Lady Business, a partner company inextricably paired with GladRags. This dynamic duo spends their days together at GladRags, where XO Flo was born following lots of research and many after-hours conversations envisioning the ideal menstrual cup!
GladRags is a small business with big ideas: to make cloth pads and menstrual cups go mainstream and empower menstruators everywhere. From our office in Portland, Oregon, we ship comfortable, thoughtfully-designed reusable menstrual products to customers all over the world. Our menstrual cup, XO Flo, and full range of cloth pad styles provide menstruators of all types with body-friendly, versatile options that they can rely on for years.
GladRags champions period positivity by displacing disgust and disposability with celebration and reusability. By reinforcing that menstruation is normal and educating the community about reusables, we erode the myth that periods should be shamed and hidden. As a result, reusables have rapidly shifted from “alternative menstrual hygiene” to an option that’s increasingly being embraced by the mainstream, particularly as the benefits like cost savings, concern for the earth, and the desire for a more comfortable period are being heralded by a growing GladRags online community.
GladRags is proud to be a certified Benefit Corporation since 2012. As a woman-owned company that insists on a sustainable approach to business, we use local bike delivery to receive finished goods from our local sewing partner, pay meticulous attention to supply chain and waste reduction, and put our company values of environmentalism, inclusivity, and body positivity into the very heart of the GladRags brand.
Risks and challenges
There's always the potential for a delay in manufacturing due to factors outside of our control. We experienced this with the classic size of XO Flo, when we needed to have the mold fine-tuned to create a pristine finish. While delays are no fun, we're confident in our ability to weather them as a team in our quest to bring XO Flo Mini into the world! And we've added in some cushions into our timeline just in case!
Our dream is to make both sizes of XO Flo accessible to all. Through our partnership with Period, we'll bring menstrual cups to homeless, low-income, and other marginalized populations. Of course, not all of these individuals have the desire or access to resources (such as clean water or a private bathroom) necessary for proper use of XO Flo. To ensure that all of the menstrual cups provided are actually used, Period works with service providers such as shelters and delivers reusable products in conjunction with education on how to use them. We'll continue to work with Period to monitor the effectiveness of giving reusable products to menstruators in need.
To make XO Flo accessible to all, we'll also continue working to get our menstrual cup on the shelves at brick and mortar stores across the USA. We've been working hard to provide education to store buyers who may not be aware these types of products even exist! With the successful funding of this Kickstarter, we'll be able to help stores provide an additional option to their customers.
We know we will always face challenges from fears and outdated ideas about periods. We believe the solution is to keep the conversation going and to raise the profile of safe, sustainable menstrual products that honor the natural processes of our bodies. By supporting this Kickstarter, you're also helping create a positive conversation about menstruation. THANK YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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