DELMARVA – One woman created an eco-friendly product that protects the planet and gives needed resources to the community; underwear made of bamboo!
It may sound strange, but it’s sustainable, biodegradable, and cost-effective, all while helping to break a stigma.
Patricia Kayanga, once was a girl living in Uganda and just at 11 years old, she moved to the States. It was a decision she says probably changed her life. “I’m now living that. It’s weird when I talk to my cousins in Uganda or even in Colorado, they’re like oh my gosh I can’t believe you did that.” Kayanga adds, “Different diversity in thoughts and people, people from different countries even if it’s within the states that have different walks of life. I moved here and thought, I need to do more.”
Kayanga years later is working in corporate America, and making a home and life for herself on the east coast. However, a trip to Bali with some girlfriends who experienced the “uh oh” moments of life such as period-related issues, helped spark Kayanga’s business venture idea. “It wasn’t until we were coming back from Bali that we all had a zip-lock bag of either dirty underwear or wet ones but we were like wait.”
After a conversation with her mom about her concerns about accidents happening while on the go, her mom had few but powerful words to say, “She simply just said, well create something that works for you.” That’s when “Ohhs” was born.
“Ohhs” is a seamless disposable undergarment made of eco-friendly and biodegradable bamboo, and creating this underwear further pushes the idea of successfully executing sustainability on all levels. “Talk about doing it with something more sustainable and bamboo does provide you that, it requires 0 irrigation for growth, no pesticides,” explains Kayanga. Underwear that she says is perfect for travel and any emergencies women typically face. “It comes from just having those conversations and being comfortable about them and unfortunately private parts aren’t always easy to talk about.”
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