"The idea behind the introduction of plastic made , disposable sanitary products was to keep up with the changes in the lifestyle of the modern independent working woman, who had to be gotten rid of the efforts in washing and drying off cloth rags after menstrual use. The fact that these products have short term comfort , completely ignored the long term effect that these products would have on our environment. With the urgent raising concerns about introduction of biodegradable products , many sustainable products such as cloth pads and menstrual cups have found popularity. But what needs to be kept in mind is that taking back women from disposable products to products that can be reused is a far more tedious process than changing the sanitary practices of rural women who are still accustomed to old rags. Thus many NGOs working on sustainable Menstrual Health Management have taken up the task of teaching cloth pad making to women in rural areas, where cloth has more acceptance and is also cost effective. These initiatives benefit not only the hygiene conditions of the women and the environmental conditions but also aids in providing self employment to rural women. Thus empowering women both physically and financially."
-- Ankita Gupta ( @ankitanicca) Researcher (PhD) from Delhi University, writes about menstrual hygiene and disposable products.
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