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I'm not trying to scaremonger, I'm really not! It's just something I'm curious about, especially on the back of worries about the safety of the dyes used for coloured cups.

So... how can we be sure that any given cup is completely safe to use? I'm talking mostly about the smaller manufacturers, especially those outside of the US, Canada and EU (where product safety regulations are generally much stricter). Many of these smaller cup manufacturers either don't have websites or don't really put any information on them, and quite a few are (in my experience) not so good at answering e-mails. Compare that with more mainstream companies - like Meluna, for example - who are absolutely on top of safety testing and amazingly forthcoming about their products; always ready with full data for every part of their manufacturing process if you send them an e-mail.

When a (smaller) company gives the customer so little real information, then, how can we know that their cup actually is what they say it is? How can we be sure that their 'medical grade silicon' is as good as any other company's; that there are no harmful additives used in the manufacturing process, and no chemical contamination?

I guess I'm thinking particularly about Cuplee here, because I've been having a really hard time finding any information on their cups/manufacturing process/safety testing at all. As much as I like Meluna as a company, their cups never really worked for me - even the soft versions were uncomfortable in the larger sizes that I really need - whereas the Cuplee is so perfect I forget I'm wearing it at all.

 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 1st, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
I think we put/allow far more (quote-unquote) "dangerous" things into our bodies every day without a second thought so even the (quote-unquote) "worst" cup is negligible in comparison. But if you're not comfortable with the composition of any particular brand, then don't use it.
trejoytrejoy on March 1st, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
I agree with you!
femininewearfemininewear on March 1st, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Cuplee have all of their certificates on their website, they are in Russian but they are there http://cuplee.ru/%d1%81%d0%b5%d1%80%d1%82%d0%b8%d1%84%d0%b8%d0%ba%d0%b0%d1%86%d0%b8%d1%8f/

Edited at 2014-03-01 02:42 pm (UTC)
icedpeachteaicedpeachtea on March 1st, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
Brilliant, thank you! I might ask my friend to translate those for me. : )

And that's true, of course, and sensible. I just wondered how other people approached this problem.
Serpent: suomiserpent_849 on March 1st, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Russia is Europe too. BTW in Finland cups are not subject to any certification, so making sure the Lunettes are safe is the company's responsibility. There's no general EU legislation, it's all down to the individual country.

A CupLee representative has posted on lj too - she speaks English, but her posts can be unclearly worded so if you have any specific questions, I can ask them in Russian.

Also, my mum has a Green Donna which was made in China, and after 3 years the cup is still perfectly fine. The only flaw is purely cosmetic - there's a dark spot like on the completely functional Melunas that you may get as free samples. (it was there from the beginning)
Luceafaraluceafara on March 2nd, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I've had the same questions and, while no guarantee, get cups from countries where I know consumer protection is strong, or the US. If I am not sure about a country, I usually try to stay away.
But, I also don't get glassware or dishes made in certain countries, for fear of trace amounts of radiation or lead, so I try to be super careful, and don't buy human or dog food produced in certain countries.

Also, except for the Melunas, the majority of my cups are clear - there are no long-term clinical tests on the usage of any cups as far as I know, so adding color to the mix makes me feel queasy.

Anyway, I hope whatever my body may be exposed to from my cups is less harmful than tampons, but one never knows...

pineapplewhippineapplewhip on March 28th, 2014 04:55 am (UTC)
soft meluna
I too like how MeLuna runs their top notch company. I didn't like wearing one, I had a soft but couldn't open it, then I later tried Classic and sport and I like those a lot.
I agree some smaller companies are difficult to get information on. That's creepy.
I like Fleurcup best, but their site is simple, professional, and I like that, but speak some French, so I went to several French unrelated to the company site, so I was able to study up and read very good, reliable things about medical grade silicone, medical grade dye, so that was cool. But It's rare that I am able to check it out because I don't read anything except English and French.
I wanted a Lilycup, but it seemed it was an Italian company, but I never got one as customs wouldn't release because it was from China, not that an item being from China should be held in customs, that was odd. The company was nice and have offered a refund. That is mysterious!