Compostable sanitary pads: a green solution in menstrual hygiene?

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Compostable sanitary pads: a green solution in menstrual hygiene?

It was surprising to see the initial quoted cost of sanitary pads as US$20/month. In a further post $2 -$5 was quoted. * Certainly sanitary pads are made in African specifically for the poor at low cost. Unfortunately they are not compostable. The only low cost pads that are compostable are made in India. I have a great deal of information on this subject in terms of pad sources, some of the issues with pad use and compostable facts. I attach two documents that should be useful.

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See also this article: Compostable sanitary pads: a green solution in menstrual hygiene? ( www.thethirdpole.net/en/2018/01/25/compo...n-menstrual-hygiene/ )

* This post was originally here: forum.susana.org/231-menstrual-cups/2306...al-inside-cloth-pads but has now been moved into its own thread.

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It is important to read my two previously contributed documents which were the culmination of over six months of intense research , contacting all those that were involved or could be involved in creating a bio-cycle that includes compostable sanitary pads. There was initially huge enthusiasm to implement across Africa, this came to a standstill when the low cost pad producers were not willing to move to a compostable product. The composting processes are ready to go, the hold up is a source of low cost compostables.
Many recommend a reusable sanitary pad as a better solution. I would agree that would be so for those that have the hygienic means of washing /cleaning the pads for re-use. However for the poor, the target of compostable pads, water is often precious and scarce and hygienic conditions are risky. The compostable pad eliminates these issues, it being simpler for disposal, either in a collection system as established by Sanergy in Nairobi or community and family composting (remote areas). The successful system established around the Anandi compostable pad in India is desirable for implementation across Africa and many countries of poverty, certainly desirable for the remote Aboriginal communities of Australia.
Low cost African manufacturers of pads for the poor in Africa have not yet been willing to accept a change from bio-degradable to compostable pads, even when substitute compostable materials and a source supplier have been identified. Bio-degradable pads comprise plastic material that degrades to nano plastic that does not contribute to a good environmental outcome ie not acceptable for composting that can be applied to cropping.
The compostable path is environmentally sustainable. There is a need to move forward, a need for acceptance and meaningful funds to get to bio cycle established. Welcome responses.
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Re: Compostable sanitary pads: a green solution in menstrual hygiene?

Dear David,

thank you for sharing this very interesting and innovative product approach.
I was wondering what exactly are the components of the compostable pads?

The project I currently work for, Sanitation for Millions, is implementing MHM-related activities in Uganda and Pakistan.
Menstrual waste is still an unresolved issue, thus I look forward to getting in touch with you on the details of the compostability of pads.

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Hi Alice,
Thanks for your request. My role has been to promote the vision, contacting all who can contribute, supplying sourcing and process information and encouraging implementation of the complete bio-cycle that includes compostable sanitary pads. The early effort commenced in 2013, see a portion attached. My major effort started in 2018 following advances and discovery of more resources. I am not able to detail the materials used or the process. This is the area of the manufacturers, the requirement was to create a supply of affordable pads for the very poor. Unfortunately I have so far not been able move the low cost manufacturers in Africa to compostables, even though I located sources of substitute compostable material to replace the original Polyethylene.
The Anandi pad in India meets the need and Pryankit has been very helpful in providing the setup cost for production in Africa. I suggest that you contact him: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
There is a great deal of info available, I have attached a 2018 update document for you.

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Hi Alice, I feel that I needed to more directly answer your question. I created a response for you but composed to be used more widely. Hope this is helpful.

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Our organisation, Green Hills Almora, is working on ecological solid waste management in the foothills of the Himalayas. We would be very interested in promoting your product there and perhaps, even manufacturing it. Please let us know where you are located and how we can contact you. I'm travelling abroad at present but would like to get in touch in a month's time. Asha D'Souza www.greenhillsalmora.org
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Hi Asha,
There is no product that I am offering. My role is to promote existing technologies and products that create a positive bio-cycle. Chiefly achieved by the promotion and use of PLA compostable plastic. This plastic together with sewage being processed by bio-digestion. If you are focused on the processing of sewage then I suggest that you contact Sanergy, they have an established process. See this link: www.sanergy.com/
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Hopefully a discussion can be generated to enhance understanding and ensure the best solution for sanitary pads for the masses.
Pasting the detail causes loss of format therefore please see the attached. Look forward to inputs.

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Thanks David.
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