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Wednesday December 6, 2017

Break taboos this Christmas with a bloody great gift By Sapeer Mayron WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Five Wellington female social enterprises have packaged their wares into a Christmas gift that give back. Led by the Nopesisters, the Bloody Good Christmas Pack supports female-run business across Wellington. Khandallah locals Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove started Nopesisters Clothing last year with their mother Bette to support organisations working on issues they are connected with. “We design a tee that starts a conversation and has an important message,” Johanna says. Their Christmas pack offers a sustainable, personal gift that normalises menstruation by putting it under the Christmas tree. “It’s one of those things often hidden or spoken about only in whispers amongst women, almost a taboo topic in the company of men,” Brittany says. Their recent t-shirt aims to end social taboos around menstruation, and simply says ‘period’ in red embroidery across the chest. Social enterprise, the Wa Collective is their charity partner on the Period-project. Led by Marie Body and Olie Larking, Wa Collective sells menstrual cups at the discounted rate of $15 to university students. The women have packaged together their t-shirt, medical grade

From left to right: Samantha Jones from Little Yellow Bird, Dignity co-founder Jacinta Gulasekharam, Elisha Watson who runs Nisa, NopeSister Brit Cosgrove, and Olie Larking and Marie Body from the Wa Collective.

silicone Wa Cup, locally made underwear, organic menstrual pads and a handcrafted soap for a Christmas give-away. Nopesisters sourced the cotton from New Zealander Samantha Jones’ company Little Yellow Bird, a uniform company which uses organic cotton and boasts a transparent supply chain. The pack features Oi organic menstrual pads from Dignity, a social enterprise whose corporate “buy one, give one” scheme sends menstrual products to local high schools. The women of CanSurvive, a

breast cancer survivor dragon boat team who are the partners of the NopeSisters first Mastectotee shirts made the handcrafted soap. And to wrap up the theme, the pair of Little Yellow Bird organic cotton underwear is made by the women at Nisa, an enterprise founded to give meaningful employment to former refugee women in New Zealand.  The Bloody Great Christmas Pack costs $99 and is available at All profits go directly to the social enterprises involved.

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