In a society that increasingly values an eco-responsible lifestyle and women's health, new initiatives are emerging to make women's lives easier. Among these, reimbursement and subsidization of menstrual panties are gaining popularity. Many cities in Quebec have taken steps to financially support access to these reusable and environmentally friendly products. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of this major breakthrough and the municipalities that are leading the charge.
Reimbursement for period panties: A step towards gender equality
Period panties are innovative underwear designed to absorb menstrual flow without the need for tampons or disposable sanitary napkins. They are reusable, durable and economical in the long run. In addition to offering a more comfortable alternative for women, they also help to significantly reduce plastic waste. The environmental consequences associated with disposable menstrual products are increasingly documented and it is important to change lifestyle habits.
Subsidy and reimbursement of menstrual panties in several cities in Quebec
In 2022, the City of Montreal launched a pilot program to partially reimburse the purchase of menstrual panties . Eligible residents can receive a refund of up to 50% of the purchase price, up to a certain amount and depending on their district. Unfortunately, some boroughs have not yet announced reimbursement projects in this regard. Meanwhile, Sherbrooke took an innovative approach by subsidizing period panties in educational institutions. Sherbrooke students can benefit from the purchase of menstrual panties at a reduced price or even free of charge . On the side of Lévis, a subsidy also allows the partial reimbursement of his eco-responsible menstrual hygiene bill .
A benefit for women, but also for the environment
These period panty subsidy and reimbursement initiatives benefit both women and the environment. By providing affordable access to these reusable products, municipalities encourage women to opt for more sustainable solutions, while reducing their ecological footprint. The benefits for women include better management of their menstrual cycle, more comfort and long-term financial savings.
The reimbursement of menstrual panties in several cities in Quebec marks a significant step forward for environmental sustainability and women's well-being. Hopefully other municipalities will follow suit!