Inflation, shortage of feminine products affecting associations

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Periodic Project chapter is receiving fewer donations.

Co-leader Barbara Briguglio said donations aren’t coming in like they used to, which is impacting the number of people they can help.

“Instead of three boxes, I get two or one, and it’s very difficult,” Briguglio said. “Yes, it’s appreciated – incredibly appreciated – but how far does it actually go?”

The objective of the association is to eradicate menstrual poverty.

They believe in equal and affordable access to menstrual hygiene products for everyone. Most of their donations in Coastal Bend go to students and the homeless.

A group of volunteers have collected packets of pads and tampons, as well as a map where they can find important information and follow their rules. Some of these items were hard to find.

“What I need are the tween packs, the little ones and I can’t find them,” Briguglio said.

Supply chain issues are affecting the availability of many products across the country, including tampons and pads.

Experts say this is due to the shortage of raw materials that go into making feminine products.

“The particular supply or raw material that is missing is cotton and there is also a shortage of plastics,” said Dr. Jim Lee, professor of economics at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “In addition to the lack of rain, fertilizers are an important input for the cultivation of cotton, which is in great shortage.”

There are options for those who have trouble finding the products they need.

“Period panties are fantastic. They make period swimwear, menstrual cup, menstrual disc and both are great, eco-friendly options,” says Dr. Mary Hyde.

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