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Australian Defence Apparel New Zealand have celebrated a successful year working with NZ suppliers in providing menstruation products to the New Zealand Defence Force.
Soldiers in New Zealand were supplied period packs designed specifically to support field work and improve soldiers’ experience during their menstrual cycle while in the field.
ADA NZ which is a subsidiary of Australian Defence Apparel Australia, partnered with AWWA Period Care to produce sustainable period care products and donate profits to end period poverty in New Zealand.
ADA NZ research and development team program director Sarah Pender said the ADA NZ team sourced, supplied, evaluated and procured products to develop period packs for New Zealand Defence personnel.
“This is a positive change for soldiers who previously had no solution, as options were limited to single-use products or were difficult to dispose of while in combat,” Ms Pender said.
“We are proud to help create more inclusivity and to improve the mobility of personnel deployed on the field.
“This is another example of how ADA uses not only textiles and technology to protect our soldiers but is creative in addressing the range of needs for all who serve in the field.”
Made using eco-friendly and reusable products, the period packs include period briefs, reusable/washable pads, menstrual cups and wipes, and dry bags to protect and store the items in wet conditions.
ADA chief executive officer Chris Dixon said ADA supplies uniforms, ballistics and load carriage for military, police and healthcare organisations.
“It is projects such as this that evidence the diversity and evolution of ADA and reinforce our commitment to solving problems for our clients,” he said.
“We will continue to support local suppliers to promote sovereign and onshore capability and look forward to continuing these relationships,” Mr Dixon said.
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