Why conscious period is important
Women despise their periods.
With mood swings, cramping, and feminine hygiene products, periods may be a stressful experience. This painful experience gets further worse when the percent of the menstruation products women use are harmful to the environment. Women all around the world use sanitary napkins for menstrual protection. A woman can use up to 10,000 pads or other non-biodegradable goods in her lifetime, according to estimates.
There are a variety of ways that menstruating women can make environmentally conscious purchasing decisions. A minor change in our lifestyle, such as changing the menstruation products we use, can have a significant environmental impact. If you’re not ready to make the leap to zero-waste goods like menstruation cups, we’ve listed some of our sustainable choices below.
Reusable Sanitary pads
The majority of sanitary pads are made of toxic plastic and chemicals, which not only pollute the environment but also raise the risk of infection. If you can’t bear the thought of using a cup, switching to reusable, cloth pads or more sustainable pads can be a smart approach to help the environment. Reusable sanitary pads and napkins, which are made of skin-friendly, breathable materials, are exceptionally hygienic and can last for up to a year if properly used and any odor and odor issues are addressed.
Another option is to use our environmentally friendly sanitary napkin made of banana fibers, which is more comfortable and gentle on the skin than plastic pads. They have no negative impact on the environment as once discarded, they are completely biodegradable (due to their all-natural composition), and are also safe to use. The pads biodegrade into compost in three months, or six months in a landfill because they contain no plastic or other non-organic components. At the same time, they’re better for the environment than organic cotton pads, which use millions of gallons of water to produce. Thus, we need to say goodbye to sanitary napkins made up of plastics, perfumes, and chlorines by switching to all-natural banana fiber sanitary pads.
As mentioned above, sanitary napkins that are available now are non-biodegradable and also cause severe infections thereby affecting women’s health. Thus, it’s high time for us to make more informed decisions regarding how we dispose of our used period products. Choosing period products with the environment in mind is a huge step toward a period that is more environmentally conscious period. As a result, by using plant-based products, you are not just being gentle on your skin and but also kind to the environment. To address this issue, the Tekka team developed bio napkins created from natural, low-cost materials such as banana fiber, which are readily available, biodegradable, and cost-effective. Not just that, the natural materials also have characteristics like porosity and retention of fluid for a longer time.
Having said that, after years of living and working in various rural areas in Nepal, the epiphany moment for us was discovering that only a small number of Nepalese women use sanitary napkins. The main reason for the low number is because individuals are unable to afford it. As a result, because our bio napkins are both environmentally friendly and cost-effective, they can be afforded by women with lower incomes. As a result, more women will have access to period hygiene products, promoting improved menstrual health and hygiene.
Also, in Nepal majority of women from the rural marginalized community are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged. They lack basic schooling, are subject to domestic violence, are economically dependent, and lack confidence and decision-making skills. The social structure that prevails constrain women within the walls of the household where is he treated as free labor. Women are financially dependent on the family which makes them feel powerless. According to a conservative estimate by the International labor organization, around 2.4 million people, overwhelmingly women and girls are currently in forced labor as a result of trafficking, creating a US$32 billion industry worldwide. Hence, we felt this dire need to train and empower disadvantaged women of rural Nepal so that they can also possess some skills and engage themselves in income-generating activities to improve the standard of living of women, their family and the community they live in. We realized that awareness is the key. Women need to be aware of their rights and be able to claim them. Thus, Tekka works in a grass-root development model where we work with the community by understanding its values and be a part of the ecosystem.
Thus, Tekka introduces an awareness program along with a suitable model of income generation and skill development within the community utilizing the local resources leading to the financial independence of women within the community further empowering the community. We provide menstrual hygiene management programs and train women in making our bio sanitary napkins. This initiative supports the employment of local women and community development. We believe this will ultimately lead to empowering women in terms of skills, decision making, and financial stability and will also help the women develop confidence and self-esteem.