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Wellington start-up making periods easier, one cup at a time

Olie Body and Marie Larking from social enterprise, Wā Collective.

Passionate menstruators and former Massey students Olie Body and Marie Larking, co-founders of Wā Collective, are out to change the way the world thinks and acts about periods.

Selling gold standard, ethical menstrual cups, the pair have 28 days to crowd fund $12,500, which they will use to provide currently unmatchable quality menstrual cups to Kiwis.

Social enterprise Wā Collective tackles the period taboo head on.

Earlier this year, Wā Collective found that of 1000 student menstruators surveyed, one third had skipped class because of not having access to menstrual products.

“That shocked us”, Body says.

“So we looked at what the solution could be – it’s not menstruation that’s the problem, it’s the way that we deal with it.”

By partnering with students’ associations around the country, Wā Collective has already saved students in New Zealand $26,000 and prevented 72,000 disposable menstrual products from entering New Zealand landfills in the next year alone.

Wā Collective’s Wā Cup

“Menstrual cups tick so many boxes. They aren’t a four to eight hour fix like a disposable, they are a 10 year solution which makes managing your period easier too” Larking says.

The pair are now trying to raise funds raised through a PledgeMe campaign, so they can upgrade their cup, roll out their full enterprise model and reach more people in need.

The model will see the nation ‘flooded’ with their Bought to Support Programme.

As part of the programme,  every Wā Cup sold to the general public subsidises the cost of a cup for a student to just $15 – stopping period poverty from affecting education in New Zealand.

To help the cause, head to http://bit.ly/2h1ELR4

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