Research shows that the average British woman will get through 1,700 pairs of pants in her lifetime!! And that legacy of lingerie in landfill can take up to 200 years to degrade. Guilty as charged, sorry. But I love lingerie and whilst I can donate and recycle bras that isn't possible with pants In this post I am going to introduce you to two brands, WUKA and Modibodi, for everyday sustainable underwear, moisture wicking pants for hot days and workouts, and period pants that are not just for periods!
I know most of my readers will be past the point of needing sanitary products but we still have daughters and there is a big concern about the plastic packaging, applicators and harmful chemicals from these products.
WUKA have just launched a new range of Everyday Underwear which is zero waste, and carbon neutral and they are committed to driving environmental change and fighting fast fashion. They sent me a set to try out.
Sustainable pants are no longer just for periods. WUKA's new range of everyday underwear is made from biodegradable Tencel fabric.
And they are amazingly comfortable too! The WUKA Everyday Briefs and Bralette feel like a second skin and are designed to move with you. Perfect for our desire to wear comfortable clothes during more time spent at home this past year. Tencel fabric is 3.5 x softer than cotton and it is very gentle on the skin and more breathable.
The Tencel is produced in an entirely 'closed loop' process, meaning its solvents are contained and reused, ensuring that no contaminants are released into the environment. Tencel is luxurious and flexible, it is eco-friendly and made from responsibly sourced wood pulp from carefully managed beech tree forests. And WUKA's Everyday range is evergreen as the Tencel fibres are compostible and biodegradable which means they can revert back to nature.
The briefs come in two styles, the bikini brief (which I am wearing) or a midi brief. The bikini brief has a flattering high leg style and the midi brief gives fuller coverage at the back. Both styles come in sizes from 2XS to 6XL and in single packs of 3, 5 and 7 pack. The bralette is wire free and unpadded with a flattering cross over style, a wide underband for support and a triple-hook fastening and adjustable straps.
You can machine wash WUKA Everyday Underwear at 30 degrees and line dry although hand washing is even better to maintain their best condition. WUKA also suggests you try in-shower washing to save water usage even further.
What are your everyday essentials? Below ... my charm bracelet from Nomination, I love how my charms remind me of special days, my Pillow Talk lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury, fun bracelets from Pretty Bitten Lip to stack and my favourite earrings from Olivia Burton and of course, fresh flowers and gorgeous underwear from WUKA.
And what about period pants!? Oh how wonderful it would have been to have had such a thing when I started my periods 40 years ago. I still remember long, thick sanitary towels and even the sanitary belt before we were introduced to the thinner towels with wings and cute bags to hide them in our school bags. It was years before I was brave enough to try a tampon! And being petite like my daughter, every pad was massive on me! At least there are teen ranges now.
Both WUKA and Modibodi sent me sample period pants to try out, I obviously couldn't so enlisted my daughter for her opinion and she has reported that they are indeed very comfortable and do what they say! Kate at Counting to Ten has an excellent blog post here, Period Pants Your Questions Answered which goes into more specific detail.
And whilst period pants when they were launched a few years ago came in just one style and one colour they now come in all sorts of different colours, patterns and styles!
But they are not just for periods. They also offer moisture wicking for workouts and the light pants are ideal to replace panty liners for any urinary leakage either at menopause or in later life (take a look at the 'Detachable Bikini' from Modibodi if you care for an elderly relative for example). Just a note about urinary leakage though, there are so many options available now to help with this, so don't just accept it as a given, do some research on the Emsella Chair for example or read my blog post about the Pelviva home device here.
Modibodi are proud of the 'inclusivity' of their leak proof products, they cater for everyone, from teenagers to curvy and cover all styles including sensual, seam free and vegan.
The WUKA team are encouraging members of the public to write to their local MP, asking them to 'Axe the Tax' and make period pants 0% VAT. The Government has abolished period tax on women's sanitary products but has failed to acknowledge reusable period pants as a menstrual product. How ridiculous and unfair!!! You can find out more and sign a petition at periodpants.org.
Modibodi are also campaigning for this with their #ThisTaxIsPants 'Periods are Not Luxurious' campaign, you can find out more and sign their petition here.
WUKA stands for Wake Up and Kick Ass! It was the first 'period pant' brand in the UK founded by an all-female team in 2017. And they now have a swimwear option, making holidays for our teenage girls so much easier! And take a look at their Wearable Hot Water Bottle!
Modibodi began in Australia in 2011 after their founder Kirsty had her second baby and struggled with the unmentionable 'bladder leaks'. Modibodi came to the UK in 2018 and they also launched a teenage range Modibodi RED.
So two fabulous brands, both with lots of choice and comfortable styles. I was really impressed with the quality and feel of the Bralette and Briefs I tried out and the period pants didn't feel bulky or uncomfortable at all.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Who saw the Davina documentary on Channel 4 - Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause? Really good to see the conversation getting louder and although we are at the very beginning of change happening at least it is a start. I am encouraged to see more and more companies offering menopause education and support but still very angry that accessing help on the NHS is so difficult.
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