5 Reusable Sanitary Products To Stop Growing Menstrual Waste

Updated: September 28, 2017 15:10 IST

Have you ever wondered what happens to the waste that you create every month after you dispose of your sanitary napkins? No, right? Well, all the menstrual waste created by us still exists somewhere on the Earth. Here's why - The conventional, mass-produced menstrual products are one-time used products and 90% of the sanitary pads are made of plastic and hence are non-biodegradable. Studies show that one sanitary pad takes around 100 years to completely decompose and India produces over 1 billion non-compostable sanitary pads every month which ends up in some or the other landfills. Here are top 5 reusable menstrual products that one can adopt to address the problem of growing waste.

5 Reusable Menstrual Products To Stop Growing Menstrual Waste
Saathi Pad: It is a sanitary napkin made out of banana fiber, biodegradable plastic and non-woven biodegrable. The pad is 100% eco-friendly, and decomposes naturally in 6 months which is faster than the conventional plastic pads. A pack of 8 pads cost ?159. Innovated by graduates from MIT (US) and Nirma in 2015, the product is available over the website - saathipads.com.
5 Reusable Menstrual Products To Stop Growing Menstrual Waste
Anandi Pad: It is India's first 100% biodegradable sanitary pad. Made out of natural and starch based materials, a pack of 8 Anandi pads costs ?40 which is lower than the lowest market competitor right now.
5 Reusable Menstrual Products To Stop Growing Menstrual Waste
SheCup: It is the time to ditch your conventional sanitary pads and move over to SheCup. It helps in the collection of blood when kept inserted inside the vagina and can be used over and over again, unlike sanitary pads. Manufactured by MediAceso Healthcare, the product is easily available on many ecommerce sites for ?1,064. The product has been tested by gynaecologist, it is hygienic and is 100% safe for use.
5 Reusable Menstrual Products To Stop Growing Menstrual Waste
Eco Femme: Make way for washable, reusable, cotton cloth pad. Unlike one-time used sanitary pads, Eco Femme pads can be washed and re-used for years. Starting from ?86, the pads are available on the site - ecofemme.org.
5 Reusable Menstrual Products To Stop Growing Menstrual Waste
Goonj: NGO Goonj is on a mission to save environment and help unfortunate rural women by providing them cotton cloth pad. Majority of rural women don't use hygienic sanitary pads in their menstrual days, but with ‘My Pads' Goonj has successfully helped them.

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