Mankind may have stepped on the moon as early as the 1960s, but menstruation and menstrual practices face many social, cultural, and religious restrictions even today, thus, becoming a significant barrier in the path of menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Appropriate disposal of used menstrual material still lacks in many countries of the world, including India.
Menstruation wastes are the wastes generated by women in her reproductive years. These wastes are produced during menstruation.
Women have developed their personalised strategies to handle this. Globally, these strategies vary significantly due to personal preferences, availability of resources, economic status, cultural traditions and beliefs, education status, and knowledge about menstruation. With a push given to use of sanitary pads by the government and various organisations, the number of women using it is continuously increasing. However, its disposal remains an underrated issue.
Disposal Of Sanitary Pads and Menstrual Hygiene
How To Dispose Of Sanitary Pads? A question that has resonated time and again with not only those adolescent girls who have just started their periods but also the rest of the women. Even in the 21st century, the topic of periods is considered a taboo and social stigma around it remains. Result? Ignorance of something as essential as menstrual hygiene.
Menstrual hygiene is not just about the products you use but also how you dispose of them. Over time, I have observed that many women have found their personalised ways of doing it. Most of the women prefer wrapping it in a newspaper, or toilet paper, or using black plastic bags to throw them off. Ever imagined what happens to it later?
With no segregation available for menstrual waste, it ends up alongside other solid waste where it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Then, before its disposal to landfills, it exchanges various hands, increasing the chances of getting a disease. Since it is wrapped up in a packaging which has no clear sign, its disposal becomes more difficult.
Many households in rural areas opt for burning of such waste without realising the fact that during such a process, toxic gases are released which are harmful to both human health as well as environment.
When wrapped up in a regular plastic bag, the process of decomposition is further delayed by hundreds of years. With our landfills filling up fast, this doesn’t look like an eco-friendly option.
The Best Way Of Disposal
To solve the issue of safer discard, people have started opting for disposal bags for hygienic disposal of intimate care products (such as sanitary pads, tampons, panty liners, baby diapers, condoms, pee buddy, etc) or general products you use which need safe disposal.
People living in tier 2 towns must be well aware of the mess stray animals can cause and how awkward it can be for not just women but everyone around to see soiled napkins lying in the open. Not just awkward but a Health Hazard too!
Brands such as PeeBuddy and Sirona have been trying day in and day out to make women aware of things as basic as menstrual hygiene. I Love Clean bag by Sirona is one such product I bought to get rid of the menace caused by other packaging materials. The built-in glue was of great help here as it kept all the waste products inside the bag with no spills or leak whatsoever.
And the best part of it? This way, I was not only keeping myself and the people surrounding me healthy but also playing my role in being an environment-friendly Earthizen.
Advantages of Disposal Bags
The benefits of using sanitary disposal bags are tremendous, such as
Oxo-degradable and Nature-friendly
It helps to dispose of the waste in a nature-friendly way. These bags are made of Oxo-biodegradable material which degrades biologically in bits and powdered form. Unlike ordinary plastic, this material decomposes in an environmentally friendly way. At the end of decomposition, the bags don’t leave its fragments.
Tamper Proof bags with No Leakage
They are robust, tamper-proof and tear-resistant. With built-in glue, these sanitary bags form a perfect seal with no leakage. Just press & paste the flap correctly for the adhesive to work and voilà the job is done.
Easy to carry
It has been designed to fit conveniently in a purse/sling. For quick & easy usage the packets are packed in an elegant way. These easy to carry boxes are perfect for the daily commute to work, travel, etc.
Waste pickers separate used napkins from recyclable items by hand, exposing themselves to micro-organisms like E.Coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, HIV and pathogens that cause hepatitis and tetanus. Thus, once sealed, it prevents human contact with waste, decreasing their chances of catching a disease.
Not just this but it can also help us in discarding various other products such as:
- Baby diapers
- Panty liners
You must have seen people running from pillar to post hoping to get a paper or a black plastic bag to wrap their soiled intimate products and get rid of them.
Time to say goodbye to all such search missions for mess-free odourless disposal and a better living.
It’s the high time all of us, not just women, start looking at the bigger picture and encourage the use of such bags around us to promote a healthy and better standard of living.