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Eco-Friendly Period Options: Here’s What You Need To Know

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Unlike the synthetic pads in the market that contain 90% plastics, polymers, perfumes, SAP and a host of chemicals that are harmful for a woman’s sensitive skin, eco-friendly sanitary pads in India are made up of various natural biodegradable materials. Some of the raw materials are tree bark, water hyacinth, bagasse, banana fibre, pulp of corn and bamboo fibre. All these materials are non-hazardous to the environment. The main issue in developing these products is the finish, feel and absorbing capacity of the product. Heyday has come up with a natural sanitary napkin made from corn and bamboo fibres that look exactly like a commercial sanitary napkin but feels extremely soft and. They are safe for a woman’s sensitive vaginal skin as well as the environment we live in. Introduction of eco-friendly sanitary pads is one major step towards the improvement in female sanitation in our country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”9718″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator el_width=”50″][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”9772″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Why should we use eco-friendly pads?

Most rural women in India still use cloth pads, sari rags, newspapers, leaves, mud and husk on their periods which is degradable if disposed but this option is not safe and hygienic and can lead to numerous health issues and menstrual diseases. Women need to be made aware of the side effects of using local alternatives to a pad. On the other hand, commercial sanitary pads are made of plastic and chlorine and other materials like latex, rayon, chemicals, fragrance and dyes. More than using the chemicals from these pads, women are adding to a lot of plastic waste to the environment as well. There is no way of disposing these napkins properly that adds more to the plastic menace for the country. Not only that, these pads pose a major health hazard to the garbage pickers who sort out this category of waste from the overall waste. Switching to eco-friendly pads is the need of the hour for every responsible woman who cares for her body and the environment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

What are some options for eco-friendly menstruation?

There are many eco- friendly options for women which have been explored so far:

  1. Silicon cups – These are silicon cups which can be inserted inside the vagina during menstruation and can be emptied every 12 hours and reused again. These are hygienic, non-irritating, comfortable alternative to tampons which has a high plastic content in it.
  2. Eco-friendly biodegradable pads – There are pads made from natural plant based fibres can be used and decomposed easily. There are pads made from corn and bamboo fibre, these components have natural sterilisation effects and they decompose in maximum 6 months to 2 years time from the disposal.
  3. Cotton pads – Cotton pads are another option as they are biodegradable. But cotton requires a huge pesticide content to be produced so it is not entirely organic and still may contain chemicals.
  4. Reusable pads – These are washable pads which can be reused for multiple periods. The pads is hygienic and comfortable and doesn’t irritate the skin or give rashes. They are available in multiple colours and designs and are handmade.

Natural menstrual hygiene options are easy to use, convenient to dispose or reuse giving women a green eco-friendly period time. Make your switch today!

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Eco-friendly Sanitary Pads Elevate Female Hygiene

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Eco-friendly Sanitary Pads Elevate Female Hygiene

According to statistics, an average woman uses 17,000 sanitary pads throughout her lifetime. Those 17,000 hygienic products, full of chemicals, plastics, SAP, polymers, perfumes and other synthetic compounds, are buried in the dumps of the world and take several centuries to decompose. In India, over one billion of these non-degradable sanitary pads clog landfills, water bodies and sewage systems every year.  This is because synthetic pads are made of 90% plastic and are bleached with chlorine furthermore.

That explains why the level of trash in In India is on the rise

It is estimated that the Earth takes between 100 and 200 years to completely assimilate that waste caused by non-biodegradable sanitary napkins into its system. Plastic is not biodegradable, and its chemical compounds will remain present even after the total decomposition of the sanitary pad. On the other hand, the oil exploitation that is needed to produce these disposable plastics is extremely destructive and contaminates water and land for thousands of years. In the end, these wastes go to landfills, rivers, seas, lakes, and deserts, where they affect the lives of other people and animals, damaging the landscape and contaminating it forever.

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Women in India have now started the biodegradable pads revolution

Many educated women in India, in a bid to overcome this pollution, have already started using green biodegradable pads. The products are made using natural raw materials that are far less damaging to the environment. Not all women are comfortable switching from one type of sanitary pad to another. However, because the country is now promoting eco-conscious biodegradable pads, they have become a choice. One such great option are Heyday pads made from natural plant based fibres of corn and bamboo. Heyday customers have loved the experience because these pads look and function exactly like a regular sanitary napkin but feel extremely soft and comfortable on the sensitive vaginal skin. 

Biodegradable pads are an economical, healthier and ecological alternative

If you worry about your health and want to keep your body and your feminine health in harmony, you should know that the plastic with which the disposable towels are made is a derivative of petroleum which is obtained through several chemical processes. These procedures culminate in the production of a final material that has many irritating characteristics. For this reason, many women suffer from allergies, small bruises, urinary tract infections, rashes, skin irritation and welts when using non- biodegradable pads. It is found that the chemicals from synthetic pads can easily directly enter a woman’s bloodstream and even cause birth defects, miscarriages, period pain and cervical cancer. 

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Plastic sanitary pads also raise the temperature of your genital area


This increase in temperature, coupled up with the flow, sweating, and movement, creates the perfect environment for the development of bacteria. And when there are bacteria, there are bad odour. Not even the famous fragrances and scents can disguise this. In fact, the perfumes used in pads is harmful for the body. This, in the long term, results in a cause of common infections to the urinary tract and vaginal fungal infections that many women suffer recurrently. With biodegradable pads, a woman’s body can be completely protected. The ecological biodegradable pads are comfortable and safe because they protect women from infections and do not cause irritations.

Let Us All Embrace Biodegradable Sanitary Pads In India

Biodegradable sanitary napkins are a new invention in the personal hygiene space that aim to transform women’s periods by protecting their health and also helping the environment we live in. Let us all pledge to make a small switch in this direction and make educated consumer choices this month. Join the period revolution today!

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Why every woman should choose organic sanitary pads for her periods?

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1. Synthetic pads are harmful for our vaginas

An average woman spends roughly 6.25 years of her lifetime wearing a pad which is a very long time, if you think about it. Eight out of ten women complain of skin problems during their periods. Mostly because regular pads are made of 90% plastics, and can be a direct cause of UTIs, yeast infections, rashes, allergies and painful periods. Studies have even found that the chemicals from synthetic pads can permeate the sensitive vaginal skin and directly enter the bloodstream to cause miscarriages, birth defects and even cervical cancer. Cotton pads are no better as 26% of the worlds’ pesticide is sprayed on cotton. The constant flow combined with the heat and friction with the synthetic top sheet of the pad makes the raw unprotected skin cause irritation, rashes and really painful periods. We are not aware of these alarming facts and we forget to change our pads every 5 hours to allow easy air flow into the body. Organic pads not only keep you safe for those 3-5 days but they will also ensure your body does not face any uncomfortable side effects.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator el_width=”50″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]2. Plastic pads pollute the environment tirelessly

Organic menstrual pads are the new future and rightly so, they not only take care of the body but they ensure that the environment does not get harmed tirelessly. We’re sure all of you must have seen that viral picture that showed Mumbai’s Juhu Beach Covered in Plastic Waste. Plastic is so much a threat that the World Environment Day 2018 had only one tagline: Beat Plastic Pollution. Every year 9000 tonnes of sanitary napkin waste is disposed in landfills in India with no source of decomposition for over 450-500 years. Organic pads decompose within 2 years of disposal which is a huge relief to Mother Earth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8872″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_separator el_width=”50″][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8873″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

3. Synthetic pads can cause cancer

India is one of the countries with the highest rates of cervical cancer (it accounts for almost 23% of all cancers in Indian women, with only breast cancer being higher at 27%). Studies have shown a direct link between HPV infections (Human papillomavirus – direct cause for cervical cancer) and poor menstrual health. (Click here)

 

4. Education about menstrual hygiene products is key 

Women in rural areas still use sari cloths, husk, rags, plant leaves, mud, ash or newspapers during their period days. Once their cycle is over, they wash those cloths and reuse it next month. This is not only unhygienic but is also extremely harmful for the vaginal area. The cloth is already infected with soap and detergent and bacteria from being put to dry outside by the time it’s ready for the next month usage. 70% women in India suffer from reproductive tract infections and 23% school girls drop out of school once they start menstruation. Menstrual hygiene should be made a must for every woman and now with the availability of newer, safer and technologically advanced organic and biodegradable pads, women should make an educated switch to protect their bodies.

So ladies, make the switch now and be free as a women and as a member of this planet and child of this environment. Why not make the first change at home and most importantly to your body? Your body is always your first home and then the environment. Make the switch to organic menstrual pads, natural pads that are organic and biodegradable and see how your body thanks you. The top sheet will be soft and comfortable, you will not be hampered from performing your day to day tasks, and best of all, it will be just another normal day that you will no longer dread the harm from plastic pollution. A win win for you and the environment!

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