Sanitary Napkins and Their Environmental Hazards!

We have talked about menstruation in a number of articles by now and have assessed it from a range of different angles. In one of my previous blogs, I emphasized on switching from tampons and sanitary pads to menstrual cups.


In this blog, my focus is on the demerits that using tampons and sanitary napkins casts on the ecosystems around and the environment as a whole.

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Billebon believes and does celebrate womanhood every day. However, we also understand our social responsibility towards the community we serve and the planet we breathe on. This blog aims at informing the women about the negative environmental impact their menstruation aids casts and a small step towards safeguarding the planet.

Did you know, one sanitary pad can take up to 500 or 800 years to decompose as it is made from non-biodegradable plastic and results in both environmental and health hazards?

No, hardly many girls and women in India are aware about it, and the above statement is not an overstatement but is verified and you can cross check it. We hardly spare a thought, what happens to a pad after we pack it and chuck it in our garbage bins. There are around 336 million women and girls who menstruate in India and approximately 121 million use disposable sanitary napkins.

There are a number of things related to femininity that enthrall us such as sexy lingerie for honeymoon or other special nights, but when it comes to menstruation, we only care about our mood swings and pains.

Menstrual Health Alliance, India, has confirmed that a sanitary napkin is 90% plastic that takes about 500 to 800 years to completely breakdown and one sanitary pad is equal to four plastic bags. In India, almost 36% menstruating females use sanitary napkins each month and considering this number, their environmental footprint is high.

India has started talking about safe menstruation, but sustainable menstruation is something we should soon start focusing on.

The Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 mandates that each house should segregate their waste and sanitary waste should be wrapped prudently and handled carefully. Moreover, it requires all the sanitary napkin manufacturing companies to financially aid the local authorities to set up waste management systems especially for the sanitary waste.

However, all of these rules are just on paper and nothing has been done in this regard on the ground reality.

How Can We Help?

If you were not aware about these drawbacks of sanitary napkins before, now you are. Thus, we can help in conserving the planet by doing our bit.

First and foremost, spread the word to all the women and girls and aware them about these negative ramifications.

Secondly, stop using sanitary pads.

Eco-Friendly Alternates

If no pads, then how are we supposed to squeeze out those five days of the month? There are many other options that are environmentally-sustainable and extremely inexpensive as compared to sanitary pads.

Cloth pads and Menstrual cups are the options that you can consider as per your comfort level.

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