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TOPIC: Reusable Sanitary Pads

Re: Reply: Reusable Sanitary Pads 10 Mar 2014 10:32 #7716

  • RachelTTextiles
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Dear Justice and Others interested in Mass-Produced Reusable Sanitary Pads.

Transformation Textiles, has been in the back-ground of the MHM scene for the last 5 years as we have been working at taking the concepts of FHP (Feminine Hygiene Protection) line of products to a truly mass-produced model.

To ensure insanely low prices, affordable to $2/day income earners, Transformation Textiles (TT) utilizes off-cuts from partner factories, drastically reducing raw costs by more than 50%. With FHP solutions that cater to both disposable and reusable markets, TT kits can reduce the amount girls spend by up to 75% over 3 years. Our current monthly capacity is 20,000 kits. This is easily scaled up by booking more production lines as needed. We have multiple factories on stand-by for when this is need.

TT is sustainable as benefits are realized throughout the supply chain. Major brands (For Western export) benefit from the CSR marketing and environmental message, factories gain realized profit from their waste, and mass production ensures scalability to accommodate container shipments to distribution hubs in multiple countries

Our trials quickly confirmed that without a pair girls couldn’t effectively use any kind of FHP solution with confidence. We have designed a tie-on underwear (one size fits most), that is compatible to both disposable and washable FHP solutions. These underwear have a life-cycle of 3+ years. Each pair of tie-ons is accompanied by a leakproof shield that can withstand 100's of washes, lasting 3+ years as well.

The leakproof shield can accommodate many existing grass-roots designs of pads (or could simplify them in the future as features such as wrap around wings, snaps, velcro are not needed due to the built in security bands of the tie-on underwear. We have taken into account water-scarcity challenges and have developed absorbent solutions that require less water to wash and dry quickly for re-use.

We also offer High Performance Fabrics, that absorb 7 - 8 times that amount of cotton, and dries in half the time.

Our initial countries of focus are Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

We are looking at utilizing existing 'last-mile' distribution networks, to keep the cost of our various product offerings extremely low, so that 'last-mile' women can not only afford them ... but could sell them in a peer to peer sales model.

If you would like to receive more information on introductory trial orders of 1000 kits. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our next container of 20,000 kits will be ready to ship Mid-may 2014. If you need this type of quantity please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Our product offerings of Kits can be customized to suit your needs.

Please view some of our relevant links:

www.transformationtextiles.com (main website)
transformationtextiles.com/media-room/main-gallery/ (to see videos of our process and current impact to date)

Looking forward to dialoguing with so many of you in the future.

Rachel Starkey
Transformation Textiles
Chief Visionary Officer & Heretic to Status Quo

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Re: Reply: Reusable Sanitary Pads 10 Mar 2014 11:12 #7717

  • JKMakowka
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Interesting. Are you presenting these to a wider audience sometimes in Uganda?
Krischan Makowka

Re: Reply: Reusable Sanitary Pads 11 Mar 2014 14:27 #7739

  • RachelTTextiles
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Yes, we would like to present these to a wider audience. We are looking at the processes of import and distribution to the various East Africa Countries.

Up until now, we have spent the time to develop a product that overcomes many of the challenges faced by the re-usable sector.

We have sent multiple pilots and are at the practical fact-finding stage of customs brokers and HS Code Import rulings to get these products in at the lowest Duty/VAT rates

We have designed our products (both the Underwear and the leakproof shield to be compatible with other's offerings ie. our leak-proof shield houses an Afri-pads liner. Our underwear automatically come with the shield so existing pad-making operations could benefit from this.

We will have our own brand, but are happy to have our products work in unison with others.

We are seeking Distribution partners/HUB centers so that costs of containers could be kept extremely low, with many smaller organizations benefiting .

We would love to be in Uganda and hope to develop these relationships soon.


Re: Reusable Sanitary Pads 16 Mar 2014 01:38 #7824

  • KaiMikkel
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A quick list of menstrual cup and washable menstrual pads manufacturers:

[Of particular interest to those working in Africa, "Miacup" is manufactured in South Africa.]

"DivaCup" (Silicone menstrual cups and reusable pads) - divacup.com/

"The Keeper" (Natural latex and silicone menstrual cups) - www.keeper.com/

"Lunette" (Silicone menstrual cup) - www.lunette.com/

"Miacup" (Silicone menstrual cup) - www.miacup.co.za/

Re: Reusable Sanitary Pads 16 Mar 2014 03:00 #7826

  • Carol McCreary
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www.smartglobalhealth.org/blog/entry/sanitary-pads/ I didn't find the article right away; here is the link. Good article.
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