AN IRVINE-BASED ethical period product maker now hopes to transform her firm into a social enterprise after being named in a list of Scotland’s most talented and innovative entrepreneurs.

TCS-Eco Ltd director Kerry-Anne Quinn – who manufactures premium quality reusable sanitary pads to to ‘save the planet one period at a time’ – is is one of 40 participants in this year’s Unlocking Ambition programme which supports companies committed to sustainable growth.

And the living wage employer – who’s helping reduce waste going into landfill – told the Times she now hopes to move her business into a social enterprise after first setting up shop in 2012.

She said: “I started The Cloth Stop (TCS-eco) in 2012 making nappies for my son

“I saw I was creating waste and decided to use the offcuts to produce reusable sanitary pads(CSP).

“I initially added them into nappy orders and the business shifted from nappies because everyone was asking for pads.”

She added|: “I use the tag line saving the planet one period at a time as a well-cared for TCS-eco stash will reduce land fill by a minimum of 30kg of single use items

to less than a shoebox. TCS-eco have a number of designs that are “fit for foof” because not everybody is the same.

“It kind of melts my brain that you would buy a reusable equivalent of a disposable when you would never purposely buy the wrong size of pants or shoes.

“TCS-eco main focus is reducing the carbon footprint of menstrual cycles by manufacturing in the UK, not importing and supporting another country’s economy.”