Maintaining feminine hygiene during mensuration cycle is a must and use of sanitary napkins is recommended for that. The practice however comes with both pros and cons. In India, majority of the women, especially in rural areas, find sanitary pads a luxury as they don’t have access to them. On the other hand, the stain-free pads urban women take refuge in and find so convenient are non-compostable and serve as an environmental hazard.
So, what should women do?
To offer a solution to both problems, some organisations have now come up with disposable, reusable and earth-friendly organic pads. These sanitary napkins are easily available, and can be of help to both the environment and the menstruating women.
Here are a few options you can explore:
Nurture pads use hypoallergenic 100% natural cotton with a silver-ion chip that promises to keep you fresh and away from bacteria.
Cost: Rs 15 per pad
These sanitary napkins are completely biodegradable as they are made from a plant-based material. They are basically made from banana fiber extracted from the stems of banana trees. The pads degrade within six months of disposal.
Cost: Rs 22 per pad
Carmesi is India’s first brand of all-natural sanitary pads which has also introduced completely biodegradable panty-liners now. Apart from being completely biodegradable, these liners also promise comfort and hygiene. They are made with natural ingredients such as corn starch and bamboo fiber.
Cost: Rs 149- pack of 20
SOCH has launched reusable pads made from soft fabrics, combed cotton, and microfibre. They also have inter-labia pads, period kits, period panties, and menstrual cups.
Cost: Rs 365 per pad