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by india sutra & aprajita N 20 Jan 2021

500 years- that’s how long it takes for a regular sanitary pad to decompose. Is that reason enough to switch? A single woman, you alone, are generating up to 125 kgs of non-biodegradable waste during your menstruating years.

FACT: Pads are made of Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP), a non-biodegradable material, along with Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene. Tampons too are made of plastic (even the applicator has plastic).

About 12 billion pads are disposed in India annually, as per WSSCC. In urban India, 13% menstrual waste is dumped in water bodies or in open spaces like grounds near/outside the city or by roadside in large bins. 8% is buried, 9% is burnt and 10% is flushed. A burnt pad releases harmful toxins like dioxins and furans which are seriously hazardous to your health and the environment.

How do you dispose yours?

Are you flushing it or wrapping it all up in a polythene and leaving it in the bin? Billions of noncompostable sanitary pads make their way into sewerage systems, landfills, fields and water bodies in India every month. And one such pad can take as long as 500 years to fully break down.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, about 510 metric tonnes of sanitary pads and diapers are dumped in the city of Mumbai every day.

Synthetic Pads have chemicals too!!. Dioxin, a harmful toxin, is used to bleach the cotton material which is used in the absorbent layer of the pad and can

lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cancer, immune system damage, impaired fertility and diabetes. Synthetic fragrances are added to these pads which often lead to rashes in most women.

should use bio degradable sanitary pads and use a cloth pad for her light flow days (if not all).

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