How to lessen the burden of sanitary waste!

Last year I made the switch to reusable pads and also encouraged some of the students and teachers to do the same because at school we incinerate sanitary waste, which is so toxic. (I wrote about this last year on the Huffington Post.)

It’s been a bit difficult to persuade a lot of people to make the switch to EcoFemme, the product I’m encouraging folks to buy at my school, but I suppose it’s better to go slowly and make a long-term change than go fast if it’s not sustained. EcoFemme recently made some terrific publicity posters to encourage people to switch from toxic, plastic, disposable pads to reusable cloth pads.

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If you are wondering why this is so important, you have to look no further than Bangalore, where we produce 150 tonnes of sanitary waste per day! There are other innovations in making menstruation a sustainable and not waste-producing process. A new pad made out of banana fiber seems quite promising.

If you’re still unconvinced, perhaps this short film EcoFemme produced will help you reconsider:

There have been many articles about why one should switch to reusable menstrual pads, and recently there have been some good ones about why it’s just as important to use cloth diapers for your infant. (See here and here.)

But what does one do about adult incontinence? My father-in-law went through quite a number of adult diapers in the last month or so of his life, but there doesn’t seem to be a sustainable, non-toxic alternative for adult diapers. This seems to be a great opportunity for some entrepreneur to explore.

Finally, if the cloth pads are too expensive for you (although that’s a bit of a rough argument since they are significantly cheaper than disposable over the course of a year), you can also make them yourself as my student recently did. I was just blown away by her ingenuity and creativity in this endeavour:

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