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A burgeoning new Irish business that is aiming to bring period products into the twenty first century and reduce the use of plastic? We really do love to see it.
A new company called Riley, based in Schull in Co. Cork, has recently launched a subscription box service which aims to supply people who have periods with safe, premium-quality hygiene products that will do as little damage to the environment as possible. The business was set up by three Irish female entrepreneurs: Aine Kilkenny, Fiona Parfrey and Lauren Duggan.
The idea was born after an evening of wine by an open fire that was cut short by the pesky arrival of a period, and an unfortunate lack of tampons in sight. The next day the three women were discussing this annoying occurrence and began to wonder if there was a better way to manage periods than what they'd always known.
"We started to look for a solution. That led us down a shocking discovery path as it brought to light how much plastic waste we've been using for our periods since we were teenagers," the women explain on their official website.
"We became hooked on solving this problem after realising no one was going to do it for us. We were compelled to create an eco-friendly alternative that wouldn't harm our planet," they continued.
"Plus getting them delivered through our doors means we wouldn't have to call it an early night - a win-win." When it comes to a night on the vino, it's all about longevity, right?
Riley takes sustainability seriously - not only are their products made with 100% certifiably organic cotton, but the company can also guarantee that everyone involved in bringing Riley products to your door is paid a fair wage and has safe working conditions.
The company has also recently partnered with Development Pamoja, an Irish registered charity in Kenya which provides sanitary products to young girls who can't access them. It's also sponsoring doctor-led school visits to educate young girls in rural Kenya on menstrual health.
The purchase a pack of the very affordable Riley products for yourself or someone you love, simply visit the official website here.
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