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I've never been great at math, but I recently took a few minutes to calculate how many times women who menstruate get their periods over the course of their lifetimes. The number I came up with? Over 400 times. Consider how many tampons or pads that is to cycle through every month! Most of them probably end up wrapped in toilet paper and thrown away in the trash, which means they eventually end up in landfills and sewers. That's a whole lot of waste that can be easily avoided by considering other, more sustainable options—of which there are a ton.

Thinx is one of the more well-known brands encouraging women to bleed more responsibly, but there are a lot of other alternatives out there. We might not be able to stop Mother Nature from doing her thing, but we can be conscious of the impact we, in turn, have on Mother Nature.

Period-Proof Underwear
Thinx confused me when it first came on the market. Do you wear the underwear in place of tampons and/or pads? Or is it more of a back-up? Is it really capable of holding 24 hours worth of first-day period blood? What about four days worth? Do you have to wash them every day or should you buy multiple pairs? Turns out, just as women's cycles are all different, so are the answers to these questions. But for the most part, yes, it is possible to only use a single pair of these and embrace a free-bleeding lifestyle, if that's your thing. A single pair holds up to two tampons worth of blood, so if your flow is on the heavier side and you're worried about spills, you can wear them toward the end of your cycle and use other products (like those listed below) in the interim. But whether you choose to put them on for one day or five, they're a much more sustainable option than single-use products.


Reusable Tampon Applicator
One of the more environmentally harmful aspects of tampons is the plastic applicator in which most come cocooned. A simple solution for this could be just getting over yourself and pushing your tampon in manually every time you need to change it. But a lot of women aren't comfortable with the whole inserting-their-fingers-into-their-bloody-vagina thing. With that in mind, Thinx has created a reusable tampon applicator (called re.t.a) that's designed with "medical-grade materials." It's compact, easy to clean, and can be used with most applicator-free tampons.


Menstrual Cups
Everyone should probably be using menstrual cups. You only need one and you can use it every cycle for up to 10 years (depending on the brand). Just think about the money you can save and the awkward cashier exchanges you can avoid! We're not only talking money here, though, because it's also great for the environment. Diva Cup, for example, is free of Latex, plastic, dyes, and BPAs.

The one tricky aspect is having to dump it out at the end of the day or once it's full, which is harder to do in public bathrooms and/or at work with your coworkers in the next stall. But you'll have a chance to get real familiar with your flow along with learning the exact shade of your period blood.


Cloth Pads
But also, we see the hesitation if you're not comfortable with the idea of your blood pooling into a funnel that's been placed inside of you. Which is where cloth pads come into play. They're reusable and can even be cute, if that's what you want. And, don't worry, they don't feel like you're walking around wearing a diaper all day. The brand Lunapads has different variations depending on the kind of protection you need and each purchase supports the program One4Her, which helps young girls in East Africa gain access to menstrual hygiene products.


Organic Cotton Tampons
Did you know that not only do tampons sometimes mess with your pH, but they often contain harmful chemicals and materials? Also, most aren't biodegradable and seven billion are thrown out every year in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, there are a handful of organic brands, like Natracare, that care about both your body and the earth. The brand's tampons are made out of 100 percent organic cotton and are free from pesticides and unnecessary chemicals.


Sea Sponge "Tampons"
Okay, we know this one sounds kinds of prehistoric and DIY and something only true hippie women would think to do, but they actually do work. And it is kind of prehistoric, but in a cool way, because sea sponges have apparently been used for thousands of years by menstruating women—including, supposedly, Cleopatra. The sponges are effectively a tampon alternative, though the main brand that produces them, Jade & Pearl, can't refer to them as such due to FDA regulations. Just know they act in the same way and are sustainably harvested, biodegradable, and reusable for up to six months or more.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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