A SEAMSTRESS determined to reduce the impact of single-use plastic on the environment has designed a range of reusable menstrual pads.

June Bradbury from Newhaven has teamed up with product designer Martyn Beaumont from Peacehaven to launch Ethixx washable sanitary towel pads made from organic cotton, hemp and bamboo fleece.

June said: “The battle against single-use plastic has been losing ground with Covid-19 as consumers view this material as a protector against the virus.

“But with washable menstrual pads we can reduce pollution without compromising health.

“The number of single-use menstrual products we dispose of without a second thought is astronomical — estimated at 4.3 billion each year in the UK alone.

“Add to that the agrochemicals used to grow the fibres, the toxic substances used to bleach the stuffing and the plastics that make up 90 per cent of each disposable pad, and it is deeply distressing.

June’s design features a dipped well in the centre of the pad to disperse liquid away from the skin and to avoid the uncomfortable bulky filler found in other products.

She said: “It is apparent the world is moving towards more sustainable options and we plan to be at the forefront of this.”

For more information, visit www.ethixx.co.uk.