Editor’s note: Approx 125kg of sanitary waste is generated per person during their menstruating years and these sanitary napkins can take 500-800 years to break down! #ThePadEffect is a campaign to advocate for sustainable menstruation and prevent thousands of tons of sanitary waste. Posted by Marcy Newman (originally published on the Feminism in India site) Of all … More Where Is This Magical Place Where All Of Our Sanitary Waste Goes? | #ThePadEffect
Menstruation has been in the air in India. It’s clearly on people’s consciousness more than usual. In the past few months there have been a couple of campaigns that caught my eye. The first one, sponsored by Stone Soup and Women Endangered, is called #LetsTalkPeriod. Here is their video: Here’s the problem: anyone who knows India, … More Why menstrual health and the planet’s health must go hand in hand
Last week at the EcoFemme workshop in Auroville we had a very interesting discussion about plastics. It came up because, of course, plastic is a key ingredient in disposable pads. It’s also a liner used on the bottom layer of the EcoFemme pads as a way to leak proof them. It’s a minimal amount for … More Plastic Breaks Down. Period.
About a block away from my office in Indira Nagar is a new organic food shop. It’s called Healthy Happy Me (or see their Facebook page which is updated more regularly) and it’s got a very swanky style and gorgeous aesthetic. Surprisingly the prices aren’t entirely outrageous for an independent organic shop. What’s especially intriguing … More New organic store in town
The reason for my trip to Auroville last week was to attend a workshop at EcoFemme. The first day of the workshop was held at Pitchandikulam Forest, a gorgeous space in Auroville that does many things, including maintaining a garden full of medicinal plants and educating people about their uses. This was one of the … More EcoFemme Workshop
There is a little oasis of sustainability, not far from Chennai, amidst rural Tamil Nadu, called Auroville. It is a place with thriving organic farms and lots of small businesses centred upon the environment in some way. This is where I first encountered the enterprising WasteLess people who created the Garbology 101 curriculum. It’s also where … More Auroville
One of the most common reasons for resisting cloth pads that I hear is: “it’s not hygienic”. People have been telling me that the blood will leak through the first layer of cloth and when you wash it, you won’t be able to get out the blood from the previous layers. That’s why Goonj’s project … More Hygiene and cloth pads
The bathroom is the one place in my house where I have the hardest time reducing waste. There are just certain things that are waste producing that I can not live without. Dental floss is one of those things. I looked online for a biodegradable version of it, but couldn’t find anything here in India. … More Bathroom waste
The past month or so I’ve been away from school as I had to attend my mother-in-law’s funeral. In a Hindu family, or more specifically in an Iyer family, there are a number of rituals and a great deal of waste that one has to contend with. Unfortunately, I wasn’t 100% on the ball and … More Funeral 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 … More How to lessen the burden of sanitary waste!