Every 28 days a woman menstruates and along with menstruation comes the usage of sanitary products. Sanitary pads have been women’s go-to menstrual product for the longest time, and as we know, these use-and-throw products have been a major source of waste generated by humans over the last couple of decades.
Menstrual waste is constituted by used sanitary pads as well as other discarded sanitary products. Apart from the harm it can cause to women’s reproductive organs due to the chemicals and plastic that comes in close contact with one’s intimate areas, if not disposed in a proper manner, sanitary pads can be a breeding ground for various microorganisms and bacteria which spread deadly diseases to animals and humans alike.
Have you ever thought about where the pad goes once used?
It has been seen that in most places in India, if no bins are found sanitary napkins are either left unwrapped or flushed down the toilet, thrown into the trash without separating from other waste, or burnt. And each of these instances has, in turn, had adverse effects, not only on human health, especially to those who come in contact with the menstrual waste, but to the environment as well. Therefore, it is necessary to understand that menstrual waste just like other waste needs a proper way of disposal.
METHODS TO DISPOSE SANITARY PADS
- Use of disposable bags
Purchasing a disposal bag especially designed for sanitary pads makes discarding of pads so much easier especially in outdoor settings like cafes, restaurants, offices etc. where newspaper is hard to come by.
There isn’t much hassle involved, the process is the same. Once the pad is removed, fold it in such a way that the pad fits inside the disposable bag. Depending on the size of the napkin and the bag you would have to adjust the pad so that it fits in a proper manner. It is important to seal the bag before placing it into a bin. Make sure not to leave the bag lying around as it is unhygienic and can spread germs. Besides, think of the next person to walk into the washroom – no one would like to walk into a littered loo!
- Use of old newspapers
In case you don’t want to buy a disposal bag, you could always make use of old newspapers or waste paper to wrap the sanitary napkin in. Always remember to cover the used pad properly before disposing it into a bin.
It is necessary to maintain proper hygiene during periods. Make it a point to wash your hands properly after changing a pad and getting rid of it as it can leave behind bacteria.
THINGS YOU SHOULD AVOID DOING.
- After changing a pad in a public toilet, make sure not to leave the pad unwrapped as it can be very unhygienic for other users as well as cleaners who have to clean up the mess. Many people also make the mistake of flushing pads down the toilet. Although this might seem like the most feasible option, people aren’t aware that this results in clogging of pipes and drains. It is very unsanitary for workers who would be subjected to the residue while cleaning the drains.
- In your home, make sure that you dispose your sanitary pad in the proper manner, which would mean ensuring that the pad is placed separately into a waste bin only meant for menstrual products. It shouldn’t be mixed with regular waste as it can be very inhumane to garbage collectors who would have to separate this waste.
- Do not burn sanitary napkins. Burning of plastic-based sanitary pads releases carcinogenic fumes into the atmosphere. These fumes are harmful and have a grave impact on the environment as well as human health.
As you know, changing out of pads can be worrisome task especially when outdoors, therefore why not switch to menstrual products which are much more efficient?
Menstrual cups are convenient for long usage (up to 12 hours), this could come in handy while travelling or if you’re constantly on the move, so you don’t have to worry about frequent pad changes. On the other hand, using reusable cloth pads involve more frequent changes than disposable pads, but are extremely eco-friendly as they can be washed, reused for years and they then decompose naturally.
But if you’re comfortable wearing disposal pads, then consider switching to Avni Ezeepad. Made from natural cotton and zero chemicals, perfumes and dioxins, these cause no harm to your body. Secondly, each pad comes in an eco-friendly disposal bag of its own – so you always have a way to dispose your used pads safely and discreetly. A red dot on the bag signals to the sanitation worker that the bag contains menstrual waste and helps protect them from bacteria as they do not have to open the bag to be able to segregate the waste. Lastly, you can customize your pack of 12 Ezeepads from among Avni’s low flow, medium flow and heavy flow options based on your comfort levels.
Remember, investing in lasting and quality products will not only benefit you but will protect the environment.