The UK’s first ‘period pants’ have been created and can be worn without the need for any other sanitary products.
The £30 reusable underwear lasts up to eleven hours and offers three layers of protection including “super comfortable” hi-tech fabrics.
They’re thought to save women hundreds of pounds each year as they’ll no longer need to fork out for costly tampons and towels.
The eco-friendly undies have been created by St Albans-based firm WUKA who are on a mission to “solve all female problems”.
Founder Ruby Raut, 28, said: “Females need this product. This will solve the problems of anything and it is ideal for anybody, of any age.
“The knickers are very absorbent and dry instantly with no liquid sensation.
“It’s only when you wash them in lots of water when the blood comes up.”
The absorbent layer can hold up to two hundred times its own weight in water and at least four tampons worth of menstrual blood.
“Women spend thousands of pounds just on their periods,” Ruby continued, “Not to mention the bed sheets and knickers we’ve ruined.”
Wukas are set to go on sale in March 2018 in sizes 6-20.
When buying a set of five, the product will last around two years and will save women around £500.
Ruby said: “It is an investment and they are very, very cost effective.
“After two years the absorbency will decrease with the time. But you won’t have to buy extra underwear or new bed sheets. In the meantime you can just wear the WUKA underwear and it will stop all leaking and dries very quickly.”
Tampons and towels are currently taxed at five per cent in the UK and women spend around £2,000 on sanitary products in their lifetime.
In 2015, activist Laura Coryton created a petition calling for the UK government to introduce a zero-rate for the products, which gained more than 320,000 signatures.
Supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons cut prices on nearly 100 menstrual protection products in order to shoulder the five per cent VAT cost.
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