Menstrual hygiene in India is a big concern now. Existing sanitary pads consist of three layers with thin plastic at the bottom, cotton or pine pulp in the middle, and non-woven fabric in the top. Due to the synthetic nature of the non-woven fabric and use of fertilizers and pesticides on cotton, existing sanitary pads lead to various menstrual conditions and diseases like ovarian cancer, hormonal dysfunction, thyroid condition, etc.
Moreover, due to the lack of reusability, these sanitary pads are often disposed of without biodegradable treatment leading to environmental hazard. There are social taboo and ignorance associated with the meaning and essence of menstruation all together.
For changing the current scenario and increasing the level of awareness for menstrual hygiene, we are developing reusable and biodegradable hemp sanitary pads in line with the Swachha Bharat Abhiyan initiative from the Government of India. These pads are reusable which means that they can be washed and reused for multiple times. Hemp sanitary pads are 100% biodegradable, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, rash-resistant, UV-resistant, and heavy flow control. Due to these properties, women travellers and pregnant women can also use them for maintaining their menstrual hygiene.
We represent a cooperative society of farmers from Himachal Pradesh called Himalayan Hemp Organisation who are working collectively with the state government and farmers for developing the hemp sanitary pads. Apart from creating a menstrual boon for the women, it is a source of income for the local women farmers. For installing the necessary equipment and making payments for their efforts to the farmers, we need investment to execute this project effectively.
We are already invited to many conferences and talk shows from different parts of the world. Therefore, funding is required for attending global conferences and events to spread this organic and eco-friendly alternative for menstrual hygiene.
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