Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Wā Collective Brings Menstrual Cups to the People of NZ


Wā Collective Brings Menstrual Cups to the People of New Zealand


To coincide with yesterday’s International Women’s Day, social enterprise Wā Collective launched their menstrual cups nationwide, furthering their mission of ending New Zealand’s ‘period poverty’.


Founder Olie Body started the company in June 2017 after a survey of 1,000 students in Wellington showed that one-third of menstruators had skipped class because they did not have access to menstrual products.


“That survey blew us away, we had no idea the scale of the problem,” says Body. She describes ‘period poverty’ as a result of socio-economic issues like financial hardship, the housing shortage and inflation.


For every Wā cup purchased (RRP $49) the cost to a student will be subsidized to $15.


With 100% medical grade silicone, an ethical and zero waste production facility and a lifespan of 10 years, this makes a student’s cost of menstrual products $1.50 per year, compared to an average $100 - $300.


“Our partnerships with Victoria and Massey Universities in Wellington, Massey University campuses in Palmerston North and Albany, and Lincoln University in Canterbury have been key to accessing students directly through associations and campus health services.”


To date Wā Collective has sold 300 cups, saving students $26,000 in menstrual costs per year and preventing 72,000 disposable products from entering our landfills in 2018.


"It's a great initiative tailored to the needs of young people who are struggling financially and juggling a lot. It's a small contribution but makes a huge difference especially in the long run," says a student who participated in a recent survey.


Later this year, Wā Collective are looking to partner with other organisations to bring subsidised cups to a range of vulnerable groups and communities around the country.


“It’s a win-win for our people and our environment,” says Body, who in 2014 lived in India and helped establish initial training for women in rural West Bengal to make their own menstrual products.


As of 08 March 2018, Wā Cups will be stocked in a number of online and physical retailers.


For more information on where to purchase a cup of your own, visit www.wacollective.org.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of New Zealand government bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee ... More>>

ALSO:

Elevate NZ: Venture Fund To Lift Productivity

The Government’s new $300 million venture capital fund - announced in last year’s Budget – is now open for business as the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says lifting New Zealand's productivity requires well-functioning ... More>>

ALSO:


COVID-19: Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: New Legislation To Boost Organics

New organics legislation will boost consumer confidence and help grow an innovative sector, says Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Organics Product Bill, introduced to Parliament this week, aims to increase consumer confidence when purchasing ... More>>

ALSO:

Biodiversity Policy: Misinformation Circulating

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>

ALSO: