Biodegradable Napkins Launched On World Environment Day
5th June was World Environment Day and the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) and the department of pharmaceuticals celebrated this in a unique way. The theme was to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and they launched the Jan Aushadhi Suvidha sanitary napkins. This is a great move in the right direction because these sanitary napkins are biodegradable. This is important because a normal pad starting decomposing only after 500 long years.
These napkins are great in many ways. They start to decompose in six months after they are in a landfill; a technology helps hasten the process when exposed to sun and air. They also come at a completely affordable price point going for as little as Rs 2.50 per piece, making it accessible to women from various strata of the country.
“In India, only 48% of women use sanitary napkins, as the remaining 52% are unable to afford them. This has been done to ensure swachhata, swasthya and suvidha (hygiene, health and convenience) for unprivileged women like garment workers and daily wage workers,” said Ananth Kumar, Union minister for chemicals and fertilisers.