WUKA discuss the sustainability of their reusable period pants and period underwear against disposable tampons and why they are kinder to the environment.
We’re on a mission here at WUKA, to make a sustainable lifestyle accessible to everyone—because after all, sustainability shouldn’t be a luxury and periods products definitely aren’t either. That’s why our period pants are designed to cut waste and help you have a sustainable period.
Did you know that here in the UK, the average menstrual product will take more than 500 years to break down, thanks to the eye-watering amount of plastic it contains? Many period products contain up to 90% plastic and contribute to over 200,00 tonnes of landfill, not to mention the 2 billion items that are flushed down our toilets each year.
While a year’s worth of disposable pads and tampons for one person produces 8.9kg of CO2 emissions—which is the same as charging a mobile phone more than 1000 times—a staggering 36% of British women admit to being unaware how big of an impact single-use period products have on the environment.
Okay, so let’s talk about sustainability and periods. Yes, it is possible to have a sustainable period, and to turn your back on single-use disposables for good.
WUKA period pants have 6x smaller carbon footprint compared to pads and 4x less compared to tampons—so by opting to buy just one pair you can save 200 single-use plastic-riddled disposables from polluting our oceans or going to landfill over a two-year period.
To date, our customers have saved an estimated 3500 tonnes of Co2. That’s the equivalent of planting 60000 trees! If all 15 million women and individuals who menstruate in the UK made the switch, we’d save 4.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which equates to charging a mobile phone more than 982 billion times!
How do we do this?
Read more about WUKA’s carbon footprint here. You can also download the full PDF report on the carbon footprint of menstrual products here to get the lowdown on the environmental impacts of menstrual products.
Single-use disposable tampons and pads are bad news for the environment, but the differences don’t just end there.
100% completely reusable and totally recyclable. And, you can use your WUKAs for up to two years before they need replacing.
Wondering how often you should change your period pants, or whether or not they’re ok for overnight bleeding? We’ve got you.
You know your flow best, so if you tend to be heavier at night-time, then we suggest you go for either a Heavy or Super Heavy absorbency. We recommend you pop them on before you go to bed, then change in the morning.
During the day your sustainable period underwear can be worn for up to 8 hours, but on your heaviest days, we recommend you change them every 4-6 hours. Depending on the absorbency, period pants can hold up to 20ml period blood or fluid, which is the equivalent of around 4 tampons. Our super Heavy rage will hold up to 60ml and can be worn for 24 hours, although for hygiene reasons we recommend no more than 12 hours.
Period pants can be placed in the washing basket as normal before washing (don’t worry, they wont smell or get smears on your other clothes) and then simply be popped in with your next load.
While we recognise that period pants do require a little more effort than disposable alternatives, the many other personal and environmental benefits far outweigh the few extra minutes it takes to wash and care for your underwear.
Rinsing is optional and hand washing is not essential (although your WUKA underwear will thank you for it). Simply pop them into the machine on a normal wash—30 or 40 degrees) then air dry inside out. That’s it. Read more detailed care instructions here.
Highly absorbent leak-proof layers within a high rise gusset prevent the any blood or fluid from passing through the underwear—keeping you dry for up to 8 hours. Read more about how period pants work here.
An accidental tumble dry is not the end of the world and will not ruin your period pants. We do however advise against tumble drying as it can make your underwear less absorbent over time and result in a much shorter life span for your period pants.
Yes, our underwear can be used for many purposes from periods to postpartum discharge, endometriosis flow and bladder leaks.
No. We don’t use any added antibacterial spray or silver treatment, nor do our period pants contain any harmful PFAs. They are safe for you, your health, sea animals and the environment. We conduct independent testing on our fabric to ensure no traces of PFOS or PFOA are present (the most notorious chemicals in most comfortable products).
WUKA period pants are designed and hand packed in the UK and manufactured in China by a very experienced team who manufacture underwear for many famous brands.
Our manufacturer has ISO standard Audits, BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) Audits, Confidence in Textiles (Testing for harmful substances) and Walmart certification.
We believe that we should treat lightly on this earth and leave no footprint behind. We also believe that fair and equal pay is not optional. We only work with suppliers who are prepared to work with us to improve the footprint of our products and who are transparent with their employment and environmental performance. WUKA was founded with a mission, one that puts social and environmental responsibility at its heart.
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