Today, Elia talks to brand co-founder Marionabout the values anchored in its DNA.
Why create a brand of menstrual panties?
Elia is the fruit of a personal story. Marion suffers from a disease calledendometriosis. Because of this disease, her periods are anarchic, heavy and very painful. Finding protection that was adapted to her flow, as well as to her work rhythm was a real challenge. She launched Elia in 2018 as a salaried employee in a start-up, in charge of revenue. She travelled between 10 and 15 times a week. So, too complicated to walk around with a tampon or sanitary napkin. Elia is a brand of menstrual lingerie, i.e. panties from periods that replace conventional sanitary pads to accompany all menstruating women through the different periods of their cycle. Elia menstrual panties protect against white discharge, pregnancy and menstruation. periodsElia menstrual pants protect against white discharge, pregnancy and post-partum discharge, and bladder weakness.
Together with Apolline, the co-founder of Elia, they embarked on the Elia adventure with very strong convictions. How can we improve our daily lives? How can we do something for the planet? And how can we make savings linked to our periods ?
How does the Elia brand integrate the ecological dimension into its values?
From an ecological point of view, Elia menstrual pants offer a considerable reduction in waste. Today, a woman will throw away a significant number of sanitary pads during her periods, many of which will end up in the environment. On average, conventional sanitary protection takes 500 years to degrade in nature. It was therefore essential to offer a product that would last over time and be of good quality. Elia menstrual pants are made from organic cotton. Whether in terms of cultivation, harvesting or processing, organic cotton is far less invasive than "conventional" cotton, which is more environmentally friendly. But organic cotton is also of better quality: it benefits from anti-allergic properties and will last better over time if cared for. Elia menstrual pants are produced locally, in France, from cotton knitting to the finished product.
How did Elia almost become a company with a mission?
Elia is committed to product quality/effectiveness, community involvement/advocacy, and collaboration with healthcare professionals. This health aspect is also very strong, since Elia's commitment to endometriosis and women's health is rooted in its DNA. Indeed, endometriosis was the driving force behind the creation of the company through Marion's story. Elia is also involved in the first endometriosis research foundation, hosted by the Fondation de Recherche Médicale (FRM), both financially and personally.
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