We all know that one day or the another every girl in the world have to face the bloody days, these bloody days are knows as PERIODS/MENSURATION CYCLE. From the age of 13 or 15 years to 45 years, approximately mensuration cycle is there. Most women stop mensurating at the age of 45 or so, but what about the pads which we use, they don’t degrade right. They last for approximately 500yrs or more than that even. Do you know the reason behind it? Because sanitary pads which we use are made up of 90% plastic, a cheap, strong material that weak point for the environment. If we see the data then, last year, there were 1,50,000 tons of plastic pads in the sewers, open garbage pits, and landfills across the country. To overcome this problem, A Gujarat-based organization, Saathi has come up with eco-friendly biodegradable sanitary pads made up of banana skin fibres which you can use guilt-free, they can be normally disposed, and degrades within 6 months.
Isn’t it sounds interesting to you? Let us know more about it then.
Saathi was co-founded by Kristen Kagetsu, Tarun Bothra, Amrita Saigal and Grace Kane in 2015 with an objective of reducing waste production in the hygiene sector by producing safe and eco-friendly female hygiene products. With the help from green materials checklist adapted from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2C), they chose to make biodegradable sanitary pads with a very unconventional material: banana fibre.
Banana fibre is made from the stem of banana trees. Evidence of its use dates back to the 1200s when Japanese artisans spun it into delicate ceremonial garments. But as cotton and silk grew in popularity in the country, the use of banana fibre got declined. But in recent years, the fibre’s popularity has been boomed by designers and artisans. At Saathi, they choose banana fibre because it’s locally grown and ranked highest on the green materials’ checklist.
The criteria to rank the material by green materials checklist are the material’s availability, the amount of energy and resources it consumes, and the time taken to decompose the same. If we start from the top of the checklist, banana fibre perfect in all ways. Interestingly, more than 1.5 million acres of banana trees are planted every year in India especially in South India and banana fibre production consumes less energy and as well as resources. Farmers use less water and ten times fewer fertilizers when growing bananas. Extracting the banana fibre requires solar energy, firstly, the stems are cut into strips and then dried in the sun. Now we look into the salient feature banana fibre? High absorbency! Super absorbency makes it well-suited for creating sanitary pads.
Biodegradable pads provide an option to women who desire the convenience of disposable pads but not the waste. Saathi pads are made from banana fibre and are designed in such a way that they give long-lasting comfort. Super-absorbent banana fibre allows you to wear them for a long time like you use the other plastic pads. The breathable top-layer and chemical-free materials help prevent itching and skin rashes. Now when you stop menstruating, your waste also gets stopped.
Be a part of one less individual who adds to this pile of non-compostable sanitary pads.