With rapid urbanisation, we use a lot of disposal items which can’t be recycled or reused. One such item is the sanitary pad. These sanitary napkins make use of plastic contents which are non-biodegradable and pollute our eco-system. According to the sources, on an average, a woman generates about 150 kg of non-biodegradable menstrual waste every year.
To overcome this, two young women, Niveda R and Gowtham S, have designed eco-friendly sanitary pads that are easy to produce. And they have just won a fantastic INR 75,000 for their efforts.
ECO-FRIENDLY SANITARY PADS
The design is two-fold. Niveda and Gowtham used the Kenaf fibre as it reduces greenhouse gases. Moreover, the sanitary pads are eco-friendly and biodegradable.
The College said in a statement,
It was first done for a trial purpose as we learnt that the plant helps reduce greenhouse gas. In the process, we found that the plant requires very little water and fertilisers for cultivation. Further, the plant had good absorbing tendency, natural anti-microbial properties and resistance to mildew and rot
They are studying Fashion Technology at Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) and their brilliant design has won the Chhatra Vishwakarma Award and India Innovation Initiative. Consequently, their eco-friendly sanitary pads will hopefully be accessible to millions of women around India.
First India and then the whole world!
RAISING AWARENESS TOWARDS ENVIRONMENT
Women are often forced to use newspaper, dirty rags, husk sand or anything they can use. There is awareness now to roll out sanitary pads, especially to school girls who often miss school when they menstruated, but now hopefully they will be using eco-friendly sanitary pads.
These eco-friendly sanitary pads can change the lives of women and also change the direction that the world is going. In fact, we all need to become more environmentally friendly.
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