BAMPAD - The Empowered Pad

An organic, biodegradable, & hypoallergenic period pad made from bamboo fiber - better for your body and better for your Planet.

Becca
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Project Ends on October 4, 2019

Project Description

Bampad is a revolutionary and sustainable menstrual pad made from bamboo fiber. Bampad is organic, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect pad for girls and women of the modern world. Environmentally, bamboo is incredibly abundant, water-efficient, and pesticide resistant, bringing ‘eco-friendly’ to a whole new level.

THE PROBLEM:

Traditional pads are 90% plastic, so it takes thousands of years to decompose. Plus, they are made from pesticide-ridden cotton or rayon, and are processed using nasty chemicals and chlorine bleach. Then, those same chemicals and toxic byproducts get rubbed up against a woman's most absorbent part of her body - the vagina and vulva! 

Women need period products, but isn't it about time we find alternatives that are not only better for our body, but are also better for our Earth?

Another huge problem in feminine hygiene is what’s called Period Poverty - the inability to afford period products, causing many girls and women across the U.S. and beyond to rely on unhygienic materials like rags, toilet paper, or even newspaper. Period Poverty is so prevalent that one study reported that 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. have missed school due to a lack of period protection. 

THE SOLUTION:

Bampad is the solution! Here’s why:

1. Better for your Body - say goodbye to pesticides, plastics, chemicals, dyes, chlorine... and hello to bamboo! Our bamboo is organic, naturally antibacterial, 30% more absorbent than cotton, and hypoallergenic. Which means no nasties have a place in your pants! 

2. Better for our Planet - bamboo is super abundant (grows up to 3 feet in 24 hours!), naturally insect resistant, and it never needs replanting. Plus, Bampad is biodegradable (even the wrapper!) so it will break down in a matter of months.

3. Better for your Community - by buying Bampad, we are able to donate even more to charitable organizations working to fight Period Poverty in the U.S. Your Bampad purchase makes a difference for girls in need. 

 

THE PRODUCT: 

The 3 Key's to Success: Organic, Biodegradable, Hypoallergenic. Period. 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Global Sanitary Napkin Market exceeds $20.5 billion, and is infiltrated by period products that have a major negative impact both on women's health and our environment. We have an opportunity here to create something transformative and revolutionary, and Bampad is the alternative we've been looking for all along.

We are targeting younger girls and women in high school and college - Gen Z -  who care deeply about the environment and charitable causes. It helps that their preferred period product is the pad. But don't worry, Bampad is great for people of all ages, even if you don't fit this demographic ;-).

 

THE FUNDING

We can't do it without your help. As feminine hygiene products are considered medical devices by the FDA, we need a large chunk of change in order to get Bampad to market. When we factor in our first order, packaging, and shipping, the costs add up quickly! We also want to ensure high quality, organic bamboo, so we need capital in order to make it happen. With you contribution, we can launch Bampad with confidence and make an even greater impact, faster!

 

THE TEAM: 

Becca Berelson is our fearless Founder and CEO. As a graduate of UC Berkeley and with a background in environmental advocacy and women's health, she is passionate about creating sustainable, non-toxic, and equitable periods for girls and women everywhere.

Chaitanya Hiremath is our Co-Founder and CBO with over 10 years of experience in business and management. Born and raised in India, Chaitanya has seen first hand how period poverty prevents girls and women from accessing a life of freedom and equal opportunity. He is excited to have the opportunity to help combat this problem locally and abroad.

Maylin Murdock is our Head of Research and Development. With a degree in BioTech and Tech Management from UC Davis, she is passionate about providing the understanding needed to move forward with radical innovations in the fields of biotechnology and women’s health.

 

THE MISSION:

Bampad's mission is all about empowerment! We want girls and women to feel empowered to ditch period stigma and shame, to choose non-toxic and sustainable period products, and to support equal and equitable access to period care. 

Together, we can be the change we wish to see in this world. 

We are incredibly grateful for your contribution to our campaign and eager to get the show on the road! 

Thank you so much for being a part of our movement!

With gratitude,

The Bampad Team

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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

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09/18/2019
Monetary Contribution
$50
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Bampad Retail Bundle (100 Packs)
$1,500
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09/18/2019
3 Month Subscription (6 Packs Bampad)
$120
Heidi Haskelll
09/17/2019
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$30
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Bampad Sticker
$15
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09/16/2019
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Bampad - 1 Pack
$25
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Just Because I Care

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$15
Bampad Sticker

The Bampad sticker - at the intersection of women's empowerment and sustainability! Plus, this comes with a thank you card :)

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Bampad Ball Cap

Rep Bampad values on your hat with this hip ball cap! Equality for all - men, women, the planet, and everyone in between! Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note.

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Bampad Bag

A sturdy canvas tote with one of our activist statements, all about RESPECT (Women and our Planet!). Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note. 

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$25
Bampad - 1 Pack

Pre-order your very own pack of Bampad - the empowered (bamboo!) pad. Comes with your very own sticker and a thank you note to boot!

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$120
3 Month Subscription (6 Packs Bampad)

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6 Month Subscription (12 Packs Bampad)

Save $80 by buying a six month supply! Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note. 

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1 Year Subscription (24 Packs Bampad)

Save a whooping $210 by buying a full year's supply! BAM! What a deal. Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note.

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$1,500
Bampad Retail Bundle (100 Packs)

Monster savings of $1,000 when you buy a Retail Bundle. Plus comes with a sticker, Bampad Ball Cap, Bampad Bag, and a thank you card. 

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$5,000
Lifelong FREE Bampad Supply

Woah! Free pads for LIFE! What could be better than that?! Never worry again about your period needs, we got you covered! Valid for one person. Comes with Bampad Sticker, Ball Cap, Canvas Tote, and thank you note. 

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

26 Supporters
Contribute
$15
Bampad Sticker

The Bampad sticker - at the intersection of women's empowerment and sustainability! Plus, this comes with a thank you card :)

32 Left
18 Supporters
Select this reward
$45
Bampad Ball Cap

Rep Bampad values on your hat with this hip ball cap! Equality for all - men, women, the planet, and everyone in between! Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note.

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4 Supporters
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$60
Bampad Bag

A sturdy canvas tote with one of our activist statements, all about RESPECT (Women and our Planet!). Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note. 

21 Left
4 Supporters
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$25
Bampad - 1 Pack

Pre-order your very own pack of Bampad - the empowered (bamboo!) pad. Comes with your very own sticker and a thank you note to boot!

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9 Supporters
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$120
3 Month Subscription (6 Packs Bampad)

Save $30 by buying a three month's supply! This is a one time purchase, but if you like it, you can choose to renew. Bampad sticker and thank you note included.

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$220
6 Month Subscription (12 Packs Bampad)

Save $80 by buying a six month supply! Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note. 

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$390
1 Year Subscription (24 Packs Bampad)

Save a whooping $210 by buying a full year's supply! BAM! What a deal. Comes with Bampad Sticker and thank you note.

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1 Supporter
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$1,500
Bampad Retail Bundle (100 Packs)

Monster savings of $1,000 when you buy a Retail Bundle. Plus comes with a sticker, Bampad Ball Cap, Bampad Bag, and a thank you card. 

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1 Supporter
Select this reward
$5,000
Lifelong FREE Bampad Supply

Woah! Free pads for LIFE! What could be better than that?! Never worry again about your period needs, we got you covered! Valid for one person. Comes with Bampad Sticker, Ball Cap, Canvas Tote, and thank you note. 

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