Our tryst with green and sustainable pads started when we opened our eyes to the issue of sanitary waste disposal around us. While working in the slums and rural areas, we observed unorganized dumping of sanitary waste close to the households which posed a serious threat to the health of community members.
What began with a few workshops to educate women from rural backgrounds about the importance of menstrual hygiene and the value of using green pads, is now a full-fledged project with more than 50 women a part of it. The women who join our livelihood programme have to be part of a 4 days training workshop, where they are guided about menstruation health, how to maintain their hygiene and are also told about how disposal of pads can cause harm to the environment, as rural areas have no specific system for disposal. Many women can’t afford pads and this leads to many health issues. Second day onwards, women are taken to stitching centres where they learn the skills and techniques to make cloth pads. As a result, they are empowered financially and also contribute to the environment in their own way.