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Report Compostable sanitary napkins for India’s girls and women Menstruation, the most natural bio-physiological phenomenon in a woman’s life cycle, is considered dirty and impure throughout India. This is reflected in the way the entire concept of Menstrual Hygiene gets handled. The shame, the secrecy, lack of access to clean pads or toilet facilities further adds to the challenges. The implications are deeper and more pervasive than any statistic can attempt to portray. Issues such as lack of awareness, lack of access, and un-affordability force approximately 300 million women to rely on old rags, plastic, sand, and ash to address their sanitation needs during their menstrual cycle. The 12 % that do have access will throw away approximately 433 million napkins every month (which equates to nearly 150 kg of waste per woman/girl over her lifetime). Studies show that each sanitary pad could take 500-800 years to decompose. According to a report, it is estimated that these 433 million pads annually generate a potential of 9,000 tonnes of sanitary waste in India. Furthermore, more than 80 % of this waste is either flushed down the toilet or ending up dumped in a landfill. Sanitary waste disposal is not merely a waste management issue, it’s a health and human rights issue that affects the entire country. As there is currently no standardized method of sustainable sanitary waste disposal, every menstrual product disposed contributes to either soil, air or water contamination. Any soiled sanitary products is a breeding ground for infections and diseases. Stagnant menstrual blood accumulates bacteria such as Escherichia coli, or E coli, which multiplies at an alarming rate. Through the Aakar Model, Aakar Innovations endeavour to break the silence around the issue of menstrual hygiene and provide knowledge and guidance to all stakeholders, especially adolescent girls. The idea is that something as natural as menstruation does not become a thing of shame, adolescent girls have access to pads, know how to use and dispose them, while the community and institutional systems are sensitised and support them in this process. Aakar is a hybrid social enterprise that enables women to produce and distribute affordable, high-quality, 100 % compostable sanitary napkins within their communities while simultaneously raising awareness and sensitization of menstrual hygiene management. In 2013, Aakar became India’s first company to launch a 100 % compostable sanitary pad under the brand name Anandi. To increase the efficiency of fluid (menstrual blood) absorption and make the pad thin, most of the sanitary napkins as produced by the MNCs (Multi National Companies) utilize gel-sheet of super absorbent polymer (SAP), dioxane, and other hazardous chemicals. SAP can sometimes suck the useful fluid which may cause serious infections and can lead to various diseases like cancer, skin diseases, etc. In fact, India is one of the countries with the highest rates of cervical cancer (it accounts for almost 23 % of all cancer in Indian women), and the studies shows a direct link between HPV (Human papillomavirus infection) infections (cause of cervical cancer) and poor menstrual hygiene. This situation necessitates the development of user and environmental friendly menstrual health products. ‘Anandi’ Fig 1 +2: Women produce compostable sanitary napkins 32 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/18] Vol. 13

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