Let us start with some simple facts: a woman in her menstruating life will generate around 150kg of disposable sanitary waste. Just one disposable pad contains an equal amount of plastic as 4 plastic bags, and takes around 800 years to decompose in landfill. If this waste is burned, harmful toxins are released into the atmosphere. These plastic, bleached products can cause allergic reactions and even affect the reproductive, glandular and developmental health of women.
The two founders of EcoFemme, Jessamijn and Kathy, started to make their own cloth pads before the founding of their start-up in 2010. They both realized how big the environmental and health impact of common tampons and plastic pads are, so wanted to create a sustainable alternative. After some research they found out that it was actually very common in the olden days to use fabrics, before disposable sanitary products swamped the market. They decided to make it their mission to spread the change from disposable sanitary products to reusable cloth pads, and created the popular social enterprise EcoFemme.
The unit is very well-known in Auroville for to their great communication and educational awareness programmes for girls in the surrounding villages. The Pad for Pad sessions were started in 2013 after the team of EcoFemme observed that there was a need for open talk with young women about the menstrual cycle.
After reaching 6900 girls and distributing 26156 pads in over 200 educational sessions in the period of April 2016 to March 2017, Eco Femme has become an internationally known brand for reusable pads with an amazing non-profit wing that calls out: Join the Cloth pad Revolution!
Are you ready to make a change, ladies? Do you have any experience in using reusable sanitary products?
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