Reusable Menstrual Products Important Ingredient of Zero Waste World: Anju Bisht

NEW DELHI / March 29, 2024: The world generates about 565,000 tons of waste from single-use sanitary pads and other menstrual products every year, equivalent to the weight of 113,000 adult elephants! This waste, largely composed of plastic and synthetic material, poses a long-lasting threat to the environment, persisting in landfills for hundreds of years. This has made the concept of organic sanitary pads an absolute necessity. This was said by Anju Bisht, Managing Director, Saukhyam Reusable Pads, ahead of the International Zero Waste Day.

Said Anju Bisht, a recipient of NITI Aayog’s flagship Women Transforming India Award, who is also known as the Pad Woman of India: “In today’s world, where sustainability is paramount, the concept of zero waste and organic sanitary pads is not just a trend but a necessity. By opting for zero waste and organic sanitary pads, individuals can significantly reduce their ecological footprint, contributing to a healthier planet. Addressing this issue requires a shift towards sustainable menstrual products. While disposable sanitary napkins have been the norm for many, reusable alternatives such as menstrual cups, pads, panties, and disks offer a more environmentally friendly and wholesome period experience, devoid of rashes and discomfort. While the adoption of reusable menstrual products is on the rise, challenges remain in making these options accessible to all.”

She said that the economic benefits of reusable menstrual products are substantial, with potential savings of up to 80% compared to disposable alternatives. “By embracing sustainable menstrual practices, individuals and governments alike can contribute significantly to waste reduction while promoting a healthier planet and future generations,” she added.

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