On an average, 1.8 billion people worldwide bleed every month, mostly using non-biodegradable menstrual products. Every person using sanitary pads contributes 60 kilograms of waste in their lifetime. And one sanitary pad may contain as much plastic as four supermarket bags, which may take 500-800 years to decompose. But all is not doom and gloom. Many organisations are working towards fighting waste pollution.
In this episode, we speak to one such organisation, Anahat for Change Foundation. They are on a mission to promote sustainable and eco-friendly menstrual hygiene by producing cloth pads made of cotton fabric that can be washed and re-used for up to three years. “The vision we see is to have a world, where these women and girls can enjoy their rights regarding SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health) and menstruation,” says Namrata Karamchandrani, co-founder of Anahat.