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
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
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
Earlier in the summer there was an event organised by Hasiru Dala centered around waste narratives. I wish I could have gone, but I managed to get a copy of Mridula Koshy’s novel Bicycle Dreaming, who did a reading at the event. Hasiru Dala offers a number of services, especially for those seeking either apartment/building/community recycling solutions, … More Hasiru Dala & waste stories
Yesterday I had the chance to visit the Goonj collection centre in Bangalore. I went there to donate athletic shoes with studs as they refurbish them and donate them to poor children who cannot afford them. I also went to learn more about the cloth pads they make for rural women. They have a terrific … More Goonj
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!