Pomona College has partnered with Diva International Inc. to provide free access to reusable menstrual care products for its students, a partnership that is the first of its kind for the College and Diva. This eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads, also known as The Diva Cup, will provide students a more equitable approach to feminine hygiene. The College is offering all students free access to the Diva Cup as part of the partnership.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, close to 11.5 million women entered post-secondary education this fall, and on average they spend upwards of $120 on disposable menstrual care products each year.
The use of a reusable product like the Diva Cup is a more sustainable alternative will reduces waste and pollution -- nearly 170,000 applicators are found in U.S. coastal waters per year.
“Pomona’s initiative with The DivaCup is simply awesome,” says student-athlete Alex Seidel ’18. “Not only do I save money from not having to buy tampons every month, I am also reducing my environmental impact in a huge way. For me, knowing I’m not contributing to landfills every month is empowering!”
Working with Pomona College’s EcoReps, a student group dedicated to advancing sustainability on campus, the initiative includes educational sessions for all Pomona students focusing on health and the environment.
The College will publicly launch the partnership with Diva International during their Second Annual Sustainability Festival in late September. Representatives from Diva will be on campus to attend a series of events relating to menstrual care and sustainability. As part of the partnership launch, on Sept.30, Pomona will host a free Sustainability Career Panel open to the public. The panel will include Pomona alumni who are making environmental and social advances in their careers.
About Pomona College
Located in Claremont, Calif., Pomona College is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty and a range of student research and leadership opportunities.
About Diva International Inc.
Established in 2003, Diva International Inc., founders Francine Chambers and her daughter Carinne Chambers-Saini developed The DivaCup to offer women worldwide a reliable and more eco-friendly approach to feminine hygiene. Diva also invests its knowledge, time and resources in educational, community and International organizations that offer health care, empowerment and menstrual health education to women and children around the world.