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About us: Cycle Technologies is a technology and consumer products company creating brilliantly simple innovations that focus on women’s health. Our mission is to prevent unplanned pregnancies and prepare women to have families if and when they are ready. We also feature inspiring ideas, global health solutions, and breakthrough technologies that empower and enrich lives. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com.

The Summer’s Brilliantly Simple Innovations

Photo by: Cycle Technologies

Photo credit: Cycle Technologies

Hello, Summer! We’ve selected a few brilliantly simple ideas we think you should know about:

ROTHY’S SHOES

Beautiful, comfortable shoes made out of discarded beverage containers? Yes please! The San Francisco-based Rothy’s Shoes has found a way to use some of the more than 2 million tons of water bottles discarded in U.S. landfills each year. Made from 100% recycled water bottles, these breathable, washable, and durable shoes are crafted by an innovative, patent-pending 3D knitting process. As of now, there are two styles and a few colors from which to choose.  Co-Founder, Roth Martin says the limited color-palette speaks to their emphasis on simplicity.  Send samples please!

 

WARD + ROBES

Can a hospital gown be couture fashion? When top designers collaborate and leverage their creative talents, it can be. Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada and Ward + Robes are redefining the hospital gown to ease the sulkiness of staying in the hospital. Check out the video and see for yourself the impact this is having on these young lives. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really understand your patients’ needs.

 

TACKLING OBESITY WITH DESIGN

Cycle Technologies Features Work of Hayden Peek on The Brilliantly Simple Blog

Photo credit: Hayden Peek

Do you know what’s in your grocery basket? Reading labels gets tedious, but if we’re going to fix the obesity epidemic we need to find a way to make people more conscious of what they’re consuming. Hayden Peek, a British designer, has come up with with “a ridiculously simple way” to cut through the noise and educate us; a simple graphic that would print at the bottom of every supermarket receipt, with color-coded symbols for things such as calories, sugar, and saturated fat.  Color-coded symbols on your grocery receipts could alert you if there is too much sugar, fat, sodium…you get the idea. What do you think? Would this change your shopping habits? 

 

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

These Two Companies Are Helping the World in Very Different Ways

Are you ready for the summer? We are! And we’re featuring two sustainable development technologies that will sure to make some waves this summer season.

SALTWATER BREWERY

SaltwaterBrewery.com Did you know that last year, consumers drank an estimated 6.3 BILLION gallons of beer – much of which was packaged in cans and transported in plastic 6-pack rings. Those plastic rings end up in our ocean and waterways as trash and threaten wildlife. To help alleviate this environmental problem, Saltwater Brewery created a solution that can reduce plastic waste in a very significant way. With the help of We Believers marketing agency, Delray, Florida’s Saltwater Brewery created the first ever, 100% biodegradable, edible six pack rings made from the left over wheat and barley. How ingenious is that? Take a look at the video and watch how this small, craft beer company is quenching the thirsts of thousands of people and at the same time, helping seabirds, turtles and other wildlife NOT get trapped in the plastic, traditional beverage packaging industry.

 

FASO SOAP

Moctar Dembélé and Gérard Niyondiko were the first African winners of the Global Service Venture Competition in 2013 and their invention, Faso Soap, raised $26,500 in prize money to help combat mosquito-borne diseases. According to Faso Soap’s website, a child dies from malaria every 2 minutes and their Malaria-fighting soap can help reduce that fatality number with a cost-efficient soap solution they developed. “Soap is one product you can find in all African family homes, no matter how poor they are,” Niyondiko tells CNN. “Most people wash in the evening and you want to be protected before you go to bed at night.” The company wants to reduce death caused by malaria – a goal of 100,000 lives by the end of 2018 by putting a mosquito-repellent soap in the hands of the most vulnerable populations in Africa. The students launched and completed a crowdfunding campaign on Ulule to continue to develop and test their product with hopes to eventually combat the zika virus.

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

Condom Embarrassment?

 

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While researching my post on eco-friendly sex products for the CycleBeads blog, I recalled the term, “condom embarrassment.”  It’s an actual thing with research behind it.  It refers to people’s embarrassment around purchasing, using, disposing of, and storing condoms, with purchasing being the most embarrassing.  Unfortunately, it has been shown that condom embarrassment can cause people to use condoms less frequently.  This is not good, as it could put a person at risk for STIs and/or unintended pregnancy.  If relative anonymity is important to you, then ordering online is perhaps the most discrete.  However, what if you can’t wait for shipping time?  Then you may have to go into a store to buy them.

I decided to go incognito into the local Whole Foods to see what affect it would have on any condom embarrassment.  That’s me above in the photo! (lol)

If you’re shorter than 5’ 6”, you may not be able to purchase condoms at this Whole Foods!  Why are the condoms way up there?!

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Whole Foods does not have a wide selection of condoms, but they do carry eco-friendly brands, so that’s great.

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It turns out that no one paid any attention to me and what I was purchasing.  If the cashier noticed or thought anything, I don’t know.  The only embarrassment was the incognito look!  Next time I’ll go without the dark shades and be proud of my purchase.  :-D

Ann Mullen is Director of Health Education at Cycle Technologies

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3 Green Companies That Do Sustainable Work

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This month, we’re featuring 3 green companies that do great sustainable work.

CONSCIOUS PERIOD

Cycle Technologies Features Conscious Period on The Brilliantly Simple Blog

Photo courtesy of Conscious Period

Here’s a company on a menstrual mission! Margo Lang always knew she wanted to start a business that had a social good component to it, and Annie Lascoe was concerned about the ingredients in commercial tampons. BOOM! The two combined their talents and passions into the creation of Conscious Period, the first organic tampon in the USA with a “dual giving” model to provide for women in need. Conscious Period wants women to obtain healthy, safe, and sustainable period products. According to their website, the average american woman uses 16,800 tampons in her lifetime. And manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients of their tampons. Unfortunately what’s really in your tampon is not something we’re privy to and according to Phillip Tierno, a microbiologist at NYU’s School of Medicine “a lot of dioxin”  is in your tampon. The EPA classifies dioxin as carcinogenic and although trace amounts are ok, if a woman is exposed to dioxin a lot over the course of her menstrual lifetime (let’s say 16,800 times) Tierno points out, “That’s a lot of dioxin absorbed directly through the vagina. It goes directly into the blood.” Organic is starting to look a LOT more appealing.

What’s more…when you purchase a box of Conscious Period tampons, you’re not only providing yourself with chemical-free sanitary products – you are also providing a box of healthy, environmentally friendly pads to a woman who is need of sanitary supplies. How cool is that?  It’s a one-to-one, buy & give, business model.

Check them out and take note of their huge success on Indiegogo. As of March 31st, the first batch of Conscious Period tampons were shipped to initial project backers. And they were also just mentioned in a Newsweek article on Menstruation – so they must be doing something right! We’re looking forward to our box!

HUNGRY HARVEST

Photo credit: Hungry Harvest

Photo credit: Hungry Harvest

Getting rejected because of minor imperfections just plain sucks. What’s even worse is the 6 BILLION pounds of produce that is rejected and thrown out each year – many because of those imperfections! Now imagine families in need who could benefit from these fruits and vegetables and couldn’t care less if their granny smith apple is the perfect shade of green. Drum roll please… meet Hungry Harvest, a Baltimore-based company who wants to sell you its ugly fruits and vegetables and feed hungry people in need at the same time.

With more than 500,000 pounds of produce recused since its inception, Hungry Harvest founder, Evan Lutz and his team redistributed 185,000 of that 500,000 pounds of produce that otherwise would have been wasted. The model is subscription-based and customers browse the Hungry Harvest website to buy organic, quality produce boxes that we once rejected for one reason or another. And for every box a customer purchases (free delivery included by the way), another produce box gets delivered to a hungry family in need.

Whoa! The company was featured on Shark Tank and many “sharks” found the concept fascinating and truly sustainable.  So do we!

CYCLE TECHNOLOGIES

Cycle Technologies CycleBeads App featured for Earth Day Sustainable Innovations

Photo credit: Cycle Technologies

We believe that the benefits of fertility awareness methods are massive! And one of these benefits is helping to protect our environment.

How? Two ways:

  1. By ensuring fewer toxins and less packaging waste enter the environment; and
  2. Reducing unplanned pregnancies.

Since 2002, Cycle Technologies has focused on creating simple, sustainable family planning innovations and products that help women plan pregnancy or prevent pregnancy NATURALLY.

And it makes many of these tools available for free so that women all over the world can use them

Scientists and environmentalists have debated the impact that hormonal contraception may have on our environment, but it’s clear that the packaging, plastics, syringes and other paraphernalia associated with birth control affects the environment too.  There are lots of stories trying to rate the various methods in terms of their green impact – here, here, and here.

But really the most important thing when it comes to family planning and the environment is that people are able to avoid unplanned pregnancies. Population and its impact on the environment is another tricky discussion among scientists.  But we know that when people have access to family planning options that they want to use, they are likely to have fewer children. And when people are able to plan their families, they can better take care of them. Today there are over 222 million women worldwide who are at risk for pregnancy, but don’t use contraception currently.  Why? The #1 reason women cite for not using contraception is side-effects and health concerns.

Cycle Technologies works to provide women with effective, easy to use fertility awareness options that meet their needs. 

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com