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Menstruation is natural for women. It is directly associated with their health and beauty. The one thing that matters during those days of the month is to take care of hygiene and tidiness. In some countries like India, periods are kept hidden. Women do not go to the market to buy sanitary pads; they just prepare washable and reusable pads themselves at home which they dry in the darkness to hide them from others sights. The act causes various vaginal infections and diseases in women. That's why the psychology should be changed by spreading awareness towards the cause.
Some organisations are working for the same by selling eco-friendly pads. They are making pads from cotton clothes and selling them especially in rural areas. The business is also serving various other purposes as well. For women, the cotton cloth pads have given various convincing reasons of start using them every month rather than buying others from the market.
Some of them are here. Feel free to share your views on it in the comment box below.
The cloth pads are reusable, they are made up of natural fabric and can be washed, dried and reused. Besides, there are menstruation cups as well, made up of medical grade silicone to collect menstrual fluid. It is very convenient to clean the cup and reuse it.
The disposable pads which we buy from the market do not let our skin breathe and create skin irritation. They also cause a foul smell, rashes, and allergies. Whereas, tampons also dry up the vaginal fluid while absorbing the menstrual blood. This is why it is being suggested to use the cotton cloth pads.
The modern ads of sanitary napkins have almost convinced us that the cloth pads are dirty, unhygienic and very old-fashioned. But, these reusable cloth napkins can completely replace the modern time pads. They come in different sizes from mini to maxi and also are leak-proof. Women involved in different physical activities like yoga and sports can also use it even the first three days of heavy flow.
On an average 14-20 pads are consumed by every woman during her days of the month which requires expenses of around Rs. 1500-2500. Whereas these cloth pads cost Rs. 80 to 280 and can be washed and reused at least up to 2 years.
On the other hand, the menstrual cups too ranges between Rs 700 to 1200 and have a life of 3-5 years.
A woman menstruates at least for 30-35 years of her life and consumes 8000 to 11,000 of non-biodegradable pads. If the number is multiplied by the total number of women, we can assume the horrible amount of menstrual waste polluting the earth. Cloth pads and menstrual cups are reusable and decomposable, reducing so much of wastage and damage.
Cotton cloth is not unhygienic; it requires a good wash and proper sun exposure. Menstrual cups even need less maintenance and need to be rinsed properly between uses.
Cloth pads are leak-proof but it doesn't mean they are bulky and stuffed so much with something. They are thin and compact; they do not bunch up between the thighs.
These cloth pads are made in India that gives employment to many women. Besides, it is very easy to bundle up the waste for other to deal with it, but, if we take out a little time just in those five days to clean the waste. It would be your contribution to something good. Isn't it?
Women living in villages and different rural parts of the country hide their periods and dry the used clothes in the darkness after washing which is highly unhygienic and causes diseases in them. The business gives the jobs of stitching pads to these women and also creates awareness among them for periods hygiene. A part of the income is given for educating under-privileged children of villages. This small business is truly impactful and creating a huge change in the society.
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