Making reusable menstrual products accessible to homeless, rough sleeping and displaced people, enabling them to deal with their period in a discreet, hygienic and user-friendly way.
For homeless and sofa-surfing people, sourcing menstrual products is a constant struggle. The average cost of a period is around £10 a month and often people are forced to use unsuitable materials, such as socks, rags or even leaves in place of sanitary products when they cannot afford them. Shelters offer support but often cannot provide enough products for a full period.
‘’1 in 4 woman and girls are unable to afford sanitary products’’
- Metro, 2019
A range of washing methods were considered, including hand cranks and foot pedals. Form was explored in great depth and interactive aspects of the design were tested with users all the way through the development process.
M-Pwr makes reusable menstrual products accessible to homeless, rough sleeping and displaced people, empowering them to deal with their period in a discreet, hygienic and user-friendly way.
Pads are washed with cold water, tourmaline and bicarbonate minerals. The cold water stops blood stains from setting, tourmaline weakens the adhesive force between the dirt and fabric and bicarbonate naturally ionize the oxygen molecules in the water, which helps to lift away dirt.
The pad is designed to be highly absorbent and comfortable for the user. It can be worn with specially designed underwear that has pouches for the pad to slip into, holding it in place. Another benefit is that the pads can be layered inside the pouches for heavier flows.
Scenario of Use