Could the 'Primark effect' convince more Suffolk women to try reusable period pants?
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Earlier this month fashion giant Primark started selling reusable period pants and one Suffolk mum believes this is a big step forward in convincing more women to use eco-friendly sanitary products.
Becky Brabbin-Guterres, 32, who lives in Metfield on the Suffolk-Norfolk border was put on furlough from her job in the music industry at the start of the first lockdown.
With lots of extra time on her hands the mum-of-two took up sewing and "fell in love", discovering a talent for making reusable sanitary pads.
With support and encouragement from her friends and family she decided to start up a business Beben and Balba Designs, which is named after her children Eben, six, and Alba, three.
She said: "One of the things I really like about sewing at home is I can be present for my children and it is important I talk to my daughter and my son and about the pads and what I am doing."
She is now selling her reusable pads - and educating women about the environmental impact disposable sanitary products can have.
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"I want to help people on this eco- journey because it can be daunting and it can be tough," she said.
"Don't be scared of trying something new, it isn't an either or situation.
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"I have friends that only have a few reusable pads and if they are clean they will use those and if not then they will use disposables.
"There is nothing wrong with starting off small."
Mrs Brabbin-Guterres believes Primark selling reusable period pants is a "massive step" for the reusable sanitary products industry.
She added: "Having period products on display will get people talking about them."
"I have had a lot of people reach out to me with completely innocent questions, I actually think it is quite surprising how many women are nervous to talk about periods."
When it comes to Beben and Balba Designs, she added: "If I don't have what you want I am more than happy to recommend somebody else, because at the end of the day I am not just trying to make a business.
"I am always happy to try and answer any questions about periods, even if you don't intend to buy anything."
Over the coming weeks there will be a competition on the Beben and Balba Designs Facebook page, which will raise money for the Bliss premature babies charity.
You can also get in touch with Rebecca Brabbin-Guterres via her website.