Planera

Planera is a London-based personal hygiene company that sets out to make it easier for people to live sustainably. Planera has developed the world’s first and only certified flushable and biodegradable sanitary pad – giving consumers a guilt-free sustainable and disposable solution to managing their period.

Planera

brand facts

  • Planera are the only sanitary pads that can be safely flushed down the toilet - their product has UK flushability certification.
  • Founded by Dr Olivia Ahn and engineer Aaron Koshy, who weren’t happy with companies forcing the responsibility for waste onto consumers.
  • Olivia was shocked when she learnt even pads that were biodegradable were still ending up in landfill. She wanted a product with no permanent waste.
  • The co-founders met in Imperial College, in their first year. They lived together in their final year and a conversation between the two of them around the complexity and issues of period started the journey of Planera.

Brand categories

  • seed
  • health-fitness-beauty
  • UK
  • current

Our journey with Planera

True first invested in Planera in 2021. Its technology has the potential to divert tonnes of waste from landfill, something we care deeply about.

brand updates

News

Planera launches the world’s first flushable pad

Founders Olivia Ahn (a doctor) and Aaron Koshy (an engineer), were frustrated both with companies forcing the responsibility of waste onto consumers, and the low performance, expense and inconvenience of sustainable products. This led them to create Planera.

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News

Planera founder Olivia takes part in a Ted talk on sustainability.

Dr Olivia Ahn discusses the current approach to sustainability, that often forces consumers to compromise on product performance, cost or convenience. Corporates have found that with the growing market demand for sustainable alternatives, they are made to compromise on margins and product features.

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