Putting WUKA Wear to the test!
In this day and age we’re all finally realising that to maintain life as we know it, we have to make sustainable choices going forward. Living in a world where everything is instant and available it’s easy to fall into a disposable way of living.
However, it is hard to change some things when it’s all we’ve known. One of these things is our choice of sanitary products.
There have always been two options, sanitary towels and tampons.
Did you know that a disposable menstrual pad is made up of 90% single use plastic and even tampons contain plastic too AND the average person wlll use around 11000 sanitary products in their life time. Thats a pretty shocking figure!
Unfortunately a lot of these products are still being flushed down the toilet which has major implications. You can read more about the Cost of our Periods on the WUKA site.
Still a Taboo subject
As a women I would much prefer it if this natural process happened in a different way or not at all. At that ‘time of the month’ I feel irritable, hot and emotional and wish I could lock myself away from the world for at the first two days of it.
Having no periods during pregnancy and breastfeeding was a huge bonus for me.
Having said that I’m not one to wear it like a badge or use it to excuse attitudes or behaviours towards other people or work.
Are Reusable Products the way forward?
I’m not a newbie when it comes to reusable or washable products. I’ve used both washable nappies and wipes with no problems. It’s just a different process.
I’ve seen washable sanitary pads and admit that I shot these down as an option straight away. My mind went into overdrive with thoughts of:
- How and where I would keep the used towels if I was out and about or at work
- Where to keep the used towels for the duration of my period
- Would I smell
- Would they leak
I had similar thoughts with the menstruation cups with regards to leaking as well as the actual process of using one.
And then I heard of period pants……
How does WUKA Wear work?
WUKA stands for Wake Up Kick Ass which I think is a great phrase for all women.
WUKA pants are is made from a sustainable super absorbent hi-tech fabric which can hold approximately four tampons worth of liquid. These can be worn for 4 – 6 hours on a heavy day and up to 8 hours on a lighter day. making them perfect for overnight.
The fabric has anti-bacterial properties to eliminate unpleasant odours and are machine washable.
Even better, the underwear looks like a sporty pair of black briefs which are a little thicker that a usual pair making them a super comfortable option.
WUKA Wear is available in a variety of sizes and flows to suit your needs. There are also teenage sizes available as well as matching bralette. Pop them in your dark wash minus the softner and air dry.
Where can I buy WUKA Wear?
You can buy them direct from the WUKA Website but even better you can pick up a pair in your local Sainsbury’s whilst you’re doing your food shop which is definitely a step in the right direction.
WUKA Wear retails at £20 per pair online or exclusively to Sainsburys from 15th March 2020.
I was sat well and truly on the fence with these, but having had three children and my periods getting heavier with each one I was willing to give these a go.
They look and feel like a sporty pair of black briefs similar to ones that I have in my drawer if not sightly thicker. I’ve tried them on with both skirts and jeans and there are no obvious differences between the WUKA Wear and my regular underwear.
I would have loved these for the days after having my babies instead of the huge maternity pads.
Like the initial outlay for washable nappies these seem like a big expense, but if you were to work out the cost of pads and tampons over time it wouldn’t take long to reach the same figure.
I’d like to give these a couple of tries before I give an overall opinion so keep up to date with me over on Instagram and I’ll also do a follow-up post.
*I was gifted a pair of WUKA Wear Period Pants for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small referral fee if you click on a link and make a purchase at no cost to you.