The International Women’s Day marked its value in India this year. On 8th March 2018, the Indian government gave justice to women belonging to the 586 districts across India by giving them Suvidha. Suvidha Sanitary pads are the biodegradable sanitary napkins which will be available in the market from 28th May 2018 which is observed as Menstrual Hygiene Day. The government is taking brilliant steps towards the women in India. The best part about these napkins is that they are 100% biodegradable and also free from chemicals. The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers stated that the Suvidha sanitary pads are free from chemicals and safe to use. Most of the sanitary pads available in the market use a heavy amount of chemicals. This idea makes this particular kind of pad, unique.

The major concern for the women in the rural areas in India has been always about the cost of such pads. As sanitary pads are nearly unaffordable for many women staying in small villages. The plan of BJP government is a full proved one, wherein, the cost has been taken care of. Each Suvidha sanitary pad will cost Rs.2.50. So, the set of four napkins will cost Rs.10. The sanitary pads available in the market currently, are charging nearly three times more than what Suvidha pads will charge. This itself grabs a lot of attention, as these pads not just safe to use but are also affordable. Since these napkins are biodegradable so disposing of them is much easier as compared to the other pads available in the stores, today. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has taken a big step towards the women empowerment by proposing such an amazing product. Also, the taboo around the sanitary pads and the menstrual cycle would be overcome. This initiative is surely also a step closer towards Make in India. There are many groups and communities too are working towards the welfare of women by educating women about menstruation and hygiene. Also, the concept of biodegradable pads has been worked upon by few groups. The fibre pads use chemicals which causes rashes and irritation to the skin.

As biodegradable is the new trend, the Carmesi sanitary pads being one of the first ones in league provides better hygiene by using all natural components. It is made up of cornstarch and bamboo fibre. These components help in avoiding skin infections and irritation. Also, a small group of women from Mulgao, Goa, have implemented the concept of biodegradable sanitary pads by using pinewood paper. The Soukhyam pads are just amazing! These pads are safe to use and apart from that these pads are reusable.

The bigger picture of change is still yet to be captured! The vision and mission of sanitation still need to be seen with a broader perspective. The biodegradable sanitary pads should find their place at the railway stations and other public places too. Most importantly, the use of such pads needs to be promoted. Also, different countries are contributing innovative ideas towards the ultimate goal of achieving sanitation and hygiene. Elizabeth Scharpf, the founder of the Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) came up with the idea of transforming banana fibres into sanitary pads. These pads are sold at a cheaper price. And these pads are eco-friendly which surely acts as a bonus!

It’s wonderful to witness the age of a new revolution wherein natural products are given more importance and women’s hygiene has become a matter of concern.