Olivia

Olivia Ahn (MBBS/BSc Medicine 2017) and Aaron Koshy (MSc Innovation Design Engineering 2017) won the 2018 Mayor of London’s Entrepreneur Competition for their startup, Polipopwhich has developed biodegradable sanitary pads.

In a bid to combat the environmental impact of disposable sanitary products, the team has engineered a material that is stable during use at body temperature, but which disintegrates upon contact with cool water, allowing them to be flushed down the toilet safely.

Over 200,000 tons of sanitary waste is produced in the UK each year."

Olivia said: “Initially I wanted to solve the issue of waste. Over 200,000 tons of sanitary waste is produced in the UK each year.

“On top of this, many sanitary products are of poor quality, with women forced to take an ‘it will do the job’ approach - so many products have no guarantee they will work effectively.”

Alongside the flushable disposable pads, Olivia and Aaron also plan to develop reusable menstrual products that they intend to sell at cost price, as part of their ambitions to ensure that anyone can access affordable menstrual hygiene products.