Washable hygienic protection | Grant
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For a cleaner river is a project supported financially by RECYC-QUÉBEC as the result of a call for proposals to promote reduction in the use and disposal of single-use plastics. This grant program, in collaboration with partner cities, is designed to reduce the cost of buying washable hygienic protection products for menstruating people and those suffering from incontinence.
Hygiene protection: The cost of disposables
Each year, in Canada, about 771 million hygiene protection products are disposed of. This represents about 3 kg of disposable products per capita, each year.
It is calculated that during their life, a person will use about 15,000 disposable sanitary pads and/or tampons.
Composed of various mixtures of plastics, they are non-recyclable and non-compostable, and they take about 450 years to decompose completely.
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“It is estimated that on an annual basis, someone who menstruates will spend on average $70 for disposable personal hygiene products. In contrast, the cost for sustainable alternatives would be about $39 per year.”
Source : Mme L’Ovary, 2020
Why invest in sustainable hygiene products?
Subsidies for reusable hygienic products
Thanks to funding from RECYC-Québec, and in partnership with municipalities who responded to the project, the GRAME subsidizes 50% of the purchase price of certain reusable hygiene products, up to $100 per person, for purchases made after January 1, 2021.
Products included are:
- Menstrual cups;
- Reusable menstrual underwear;
- Reusable sanitary pads;
- Incontinence protection underwear;
- Reusable incontinence products.
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How do I apply?
If your municipality participates in the program, but you cannot find its name in the drop-down menu on the form, then the grant funds have now been exhausted. We recommend that you contact your city directly to find out what options are available to you!
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Frequently asked questions
Many great locally made options exist! Here are some suggestions for menstrual and incontinence products!
- Mme L’Ovary (menstrual underwear, cups)
- La Girafe Bleue (menstrual underwear)
- Mariefil (menstrual underwear, reusable sanitary pads)
- ÖKO CRÉATIONS (reusable sanitary pads)
- Boutique l’Écossentiel (reusable sanitary pads)
- Création Génie-Écolo (reusable sanitary pads)
- Ta grand-mère APPROUVE (cups, reusable sanitary pads, menstrual underwear)
- Atelier Zone Verte (cups, reusable sanitary pads)
- Ambum (reusable sanitary pads)
- Knix (menstrual underwear)
- Diva Cup (cups)
This list is not exhaustive and is intended to provide suggestions.Grant applicants are not required to purchase their products from these businesses.
Yes. The subsidy provides a 50% reimbursement of a purchase amount, for a maximum of $100 per person. Two people in the same household can access the grant. They will each need to make a separate request, and submit two different invoices.
Yes. The subsidy will reimburse 50% of the total amount, up to $100. So, for example, if you buy a menstrual cup and two undergarments, costing a total of $120, $60 will be reimbursed. Be sure to submit both invoices in the same application.
Several Quebec municipalities have created their own subsidy programs for sustainable personal hygiene products. The Mme L’Ovary company has compiled a list of cities with subsidy programs, as well as their details. Explore the list!