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Cheap, biodegradable maxi pads change lives in India

Aug 18, 2017, 6:07 AM EDT
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Saathi, a startup based in Ahmedabad, India, is developing cheap and 100 percent biodegradable menstrual pads, an initiative that’s already bringing positive change for many lives in India, where menstruating females still face physical, social and economic hardships.

The company is producing sanitary pads using banana-tree bark, one of the world’s most absorbent natural fibers with easy availability, writes MIT Technology Review. These low-cost menstrual pads can be composted or disposed into a biodigester to create electricity or fuel.

In a separate effort, a group of students at the University of Utah also developed 100 percent biodegradable sanitary pads, offering a sustainable solution to cut down feminine hygiene waste that ends up in landfills, notes Nonwovens Industry.

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