Undies Project recognised

WOMEN’S Health Tasmania has been named as a finalist in the Community Achievement Awards for a project that aims to both decrease waste and address period poverty in the state.

The organisation partnered with Australian underwear manufacturer Modibodi and the Hobart City Council to offer people with commonwealth concession cards five free pairs of period-friendly underwear.

Women’s Health Tasmania CEO Jo Flanagan said the Undies Project was designed to address two key issues at once.

“The projects aims to reduce landfill while also addressing the affordability of menstruation products,” she said.

“Sanitary products are typically single-use and depending on the product can be more than 50 per cent plastic.

“Every person that menstruates throws away between 90-140kg of pads and tampons over their lifetime.

“There are sustainable menstruation products but a barrier for many Tasmanians is the price.

“A pair of good quality period underwear costs around $30 and an average period takes about five pairs of underwear, and for most people living on a low income this isn’t something they can afford.”

Established in 2007, the Community Achievement Awards are a way to acknowledge the community contributions organisations, not-for- profits, businesses and individuals make to the Tasmanian community.

“When we established the awards we were looking across disciplines, industries and category areas that really covered the broad spectrum of contribution,” Awards managing director Geoff Griffin said.

“We currently have nine different categories, and we hope to expand this further in coming years to further represent the diverse Tasmanian community.”

The Community Achievements Awards will be presented at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on 28 October. To purchase tickets visit humanitix.com

To find out more about the Undies Project go to www.womenshealthtas.org.au

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