WUKA are on a mission to ensure sustainability is accessible to everyone. Both people and our planet are at the heart of everything we do. We’re passionate about reducing waste and creating the most comfortable and environmentally-friendly underwear possible.
We are campaigners. Sustainability is NOT a luxury, and we’re not willing to compromise.We believe that we should tread lightly on our planet, and leave no footprint behind.Did you know that everyday, 4.6 million tampons, pads and panty liners are flushed down the toilet in the UK, ending up in our rivers and seas? Disposables also contribute to 200,000 tonnes of waste in landfill every single year, taking about 500 years to decompose.
Make the sustainable switch from disposables to reusables
200,000 tonnes of disposable pads and tampons are sent to landfill every single year in the UK, each containing vast amounts of polluting, single-use plastic.According to WEN, menstrual pads contain up to 90% plastic and 2 billion menstrual items are flushed down Britain’s toilets every single year!Did you know that one pair of WUKA Period Pants can save 200 single-use plastic-riddled disposables from polluting our ocean or going to landfill?Making the switch from disposable period products to reusables is an easy, convenient and super comfy way to be more environmentally-friendly in our everyday lives.
We're Animal Friendly
We care about our entire planet, everyone and everything on it. We’re proud to be registered by The Vegan Society and approved by PETA - each and every pair of WUKA Period Pants is certified vegan and cruelty free. No animal, big or small, is harmed in the entire WUKA lifecycle.In fact, by choosing WUKA Period Pants instead of flushing tampons, we’re also protecting water-based animals which can be harmed by plastic pollution on our ocean and rivers.
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX
Health and wellbeing is our priority, which is why all WUKA products are regulated by the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. This globally recognised body certifies that every component has been tested for harmful substances. This includes numerous regulated and unregulated substances which may be harmful to our health.
No Added Chemicals
We refuse to add any silver treatments or anti bacterials treatments to our products, and we regularly test for additional chemicals including PFAS. PFSAs, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of over 4,700 synthetic chemicals that have been used since the 190s to make surfaces resistant to stains, water and grease.Unfortunately, they do not break down and accumulate over time in humans, animals and our environment. They have been found in the Arctic and in open ocean waters.
We use the highest quality materials in all of our underwear, from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton, to Tencel Modal made from sustainable beech trees, to Econyl made from plastic waste from our oceans.Tencel Modal fibers are biodegradable and compostable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions to ensure that they can return back to nature after use. Sustainability is our key focus.
WUKA Ultimate Midi Brief and Ultimate High Waist Period Pants are made from Tencel Modal.Tencel is an eco-friendly fabric made from responsibly sourced wood pulp from carefully managed beech tree forests. Tencel is FSC certified, which ensures that the trees are sustainably managed and environmental and social standards are met.Tencel is produced in an entirely ‘closed-loop’ process, which means that its solvents are contained and reused, ensuring that no contaminants are released into the environment. The fibres are compostable and biodegradable, which means they can fully revert back to nature.Tencel boasts many sustainable certifications. It has earned USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) BioPreferred designation, certified biodegradable and compostable by the Belgian certification Vinçotte, recognised by EU Ecolabel for its low environmental impact and a European Award for the Environment from the European Commission.We have chosen Tencel Modal as it is a super sustainable material that is also exquisitely soft on the skin and very flexible.
WUKA Ultimate Bikini Brief Period Pants are made from GOTS organic cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard).Did you know that conventional cotton production uses insecticides and herbicides? The chemicals are washed out of soils, which then pollutes our rivers and damages the environment. Cotton farming also uses vast amounts of water for irrigation.We have chosen to use organic cotton in our Ultimate Bikini Brief Period Pants, which are grown without the use of harsh, synthetic chemicals. This also ensures healthy working conditions for the cotton farmers. Organic cotton is also kind to the most sensitive of skins.Our organic cotton is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, which is a prestigious external accreditation body that covers the processing, manufacturing and trading of organic textiles. It guarantees that a minimum of 95% organic fibres are used. It also ensures that high standards are met across environmental impact and social impact, to ensure that both our planet and people are being treated well and fairly.
Our Perform range is made from recycled nylon.Nylon is a type of plastic that can be toxic to our environment. Our water supplies across the world are contaminated with harmful chemicals from irresponsible waste disposal from the textile industry. Currently, the world is producing more plastic than we are recycling - only 9% of the world’s plastic has been recycled.We have chosen to use recycled nylon from ocean waste to create our Perform collection, to ensure this pre-existing plastic is being used to its full potential, to reduce waste. Using recycled means that we use less energy to produce our Period Pants, compared to traditional manufacturing processes.
Any Colour - So Long As It's Black
You may have noticed that all WUKA Period Pants are available in black. We’re not a fashion brand - instead, we sell essential products. We want to keep the amount of dye we use to a minimum, which is why we have chosen practical black period pants!
We like to keep packaging to a minimum, which is why we use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified card for our in-store cartons. When it comes to our online orders, we hand wrap each pair of Period Pants individual bags for hygiene. Whilst these may look like plastic, don’t be fooled - they’re actually made from compostable corn starch.At last, a comfortable and truly sustainable period.
Ruby is the co-founder of WUKA.