5 Sanitary napkin Brands in India which are Natural and Bio-DegradableMay 18, 2018
India is a country where the topic of a woman's menstrual hygiene is still considered taboo. It is seldom discussed openly. However, menstruation is an integral part of every woman's life and it is important to ensure that the menstrual practices that we follow are safe and hygienic.
In rural India, there still are women who use random cloth bits or cotton as makeshift sanitary pads. This is very unhygienic and harmful to their overall health. On the other hand, in the cities, women buy commercial sanitary napkins that are made using highly treated cotton and synthetic, non-biodegradable material that, apart from causing rashes and itchiness, is very harmful to the environment.
There are many healthier and safer alternatives to toxic synthetic pads and unhygienic cloth substitutes in the market. Many Indian brands have come forward to make natural, safe, hygienic and biodegradable sanitary pads. Let us take a look at some of these brands.
Purganics offer sanitary pads that are made of organic cotton. These pads are biodegradable and are free of any synthetic additives or derivatives. The products are free from perfumes, chlorine, synthetic polymers, etc. A plant-based backing keeps the pads leak-free.
This is an organisation that focuses on woman empowerment. The brand employs women to make cloth-based sanitary pads that are reusable. These 100% organic, washable pads come in natural bright colours and are available in different sizes.
Goonj is an organisation that makes and sells washable, reusable, hygienic cloth-based sanitary pads. The organisation is not just selling sanitary pads but is using it as a tool to create awareness about menstrual hygiene and to initiate healthy discussions in the society about the topic.
These compostable sanitary napkins that are made using natural materials are priced lower than average sanitary pads to remain accessible to women at all levels of the society. The pads are made by rural women as a part of an empowerment programme.
Saathi is a social welfare organisation that makes sanitary napkins out of banana fibre. The manufacturing process of these pads leaves a much lesser impact on the environment as the banana fibre is an eco-friendly material that is normally discarded. This banana fibre replaces chemically treated wood pulp that is usually used in sanitary pads.
With the available choices, women in our country can definitely make safer and healthier choices for themselves as well as for the environment. With normal synthetic sanitary pads, a woman produces a lot of plastic waste every month that sits in our landfills for thousands of years and pollutes land and water. They are not too friendly to our skin either. So, it is time to ditch those plastic pads and make more responsible choices.
We also need to discuss these issues more openly so that other women can also be inspired to think about this and thus change their practices. Women often neglect their own health and particularly when it comes to menstrual health, we barely give a second thought. It is time to change that and care for ourselves for a better quality of life.