Eco Femme is a women-led social enterprise founded in 2010. Based in Tamil Nadu, India, our goal is to create environmental and social change through revitalising menstrual practices that are healthy, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsive and empowering.
We produce and sell washable cloth pads, provide menstrual health education and open dialogues on menstruation all along the way.
Eco Femme is based in Auroville, South India, an UNESCO endorsed city-in-the-making that aspires toward international human unity with a rippling effect to the rest of India and around the world.
Auroville is a hub for innovators and changemakers interested in maintaining a collective climate of positive development and progress, particularly in the areas of sustainable living and green practices. This is, in part, what has inspired our project and continues to do so as we grow.
Eco Femme has an office in Saracon Campus next to the village of Kottakarai. Production (stitching of the pads) is taking place in five units: AVAG (Auroville related NGO), Cocoon (Auroville related women’s production unit), Blossoms (Auroville unit), Ektha (Bangalore, women’s producer company) and Clothing Connections (Kiruba unit).
All these units take on other stitching work as well as ours and the women are not directly employed by us. All five units ensure fair wages and safe working environments to the women employed there.
We are a social enterprise dedicated to being a scalable project with demonstrable impact that can be an example of how business and social responsibility really can go hand in hand.
As menstruation is an experience that transcends culture, class and caste, we see an extraordinary opportunity to advance social transformation and ecological awareness through every step of our work.
We seek to create a truly holistic approach to menstruation through integrating ethical business practices, production processes that engage rural women as cloth pad producers and culturally sensitive, life-affirming education about the menstrual experience.
We are an international team of passionate women working together to create the future we dream of.
Our work is evenly divided between not for profit activities, like education and research, and commercial activities to market and sell our pads.
Volunteers, interns, and ambassadors around the world support the core Eco Femme team.