23rd November 2020 — An Exeter School pupil has launched her own business selling environmentally-friendly sanitary pads. Middle Fifth Former Rosie Fullam raised funds through friends and family to set up Pads for the Planet during the summer 2020 lockdown.
Rosie decided to take action after learning about the environmental impact of disposable sanitary pads. She raised £400, which, added to her own savings, ensured she could find the right product from a reputable and ethical company.
Pads for the Planet are made from microfibre fabric with a waterproof PUL layer. PUL is a laminate fabric composed of two layers: a polyester fabric and a very thin layer of polyurethane film bonded to the reverse.
In order to offset the environmental impact of the product being flown to the UK, Rosie is paying for trees to be planted to counterbalance the carbon emissions.
Inspired by the Young Enterprise scheme run by Exeter School, Rosie is looking forward to being part of it and studying Business Studies in the Sixth Form.
“I’ve had some great support from my friends and skills I have learnt in school have helped me to run my business,” she said.
Rosie’s sanitary pads are available via her website (www.padsfortheplanet.com), Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Exeter’s virtual Christmas Market.