To provide organic solution to sanitary waste, government school students in Telangana make 'zero waste' sanitary napkins

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The students of Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) Mulkalapally have made these organic sanitary pads using water hyacinth, fenugreek, turmeric, neem and sabja seeds.

In an attempt to provide an organic solution to sanitary waste, the students of a government school in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district of Telangana have come up with the idea of 'zero waste' sanitary napkins named 'Stree Raksha Pads', news agency ANI reported.

The students of Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) Mulkalapally have made these organic sanitary pads using water hyacinth, fenugreek, turmeric, neem and sabja seeds.

"The sanitary pads that are currently being used by many are made from petroleum chemicals which have many side effects and take many years to decompose leading to many environmental issues.  To find a solution to the prevailing sanitary waste issue, we have come up with an idea and have created sanitary pads from organic materials," Swathi, a student , quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

"After researching that water hyacinth has a lot of ayurvedic essence in it and the way it has been used by many women by warping it in a cloth along with cow dung as sanitary pads during ancient times, we have decided to create more contemporary sanitary pads," she added.

Explaining the process of making 'Stree Raksha Pads', Swathi said:

 "After creating a paste of water hyacinth mixed along with neem leaves, fenugreek and turmeric, they are dried till it becomes a solid board and cut into the standard sanitary pads size and then fenugreek and sabja seeds are added over this board along with beeswax glue and are placed between to cotton strips and are sealed."

Kalyani, the teacher who guided the students in creating these pads said that she is proud of her students for coming up with the idea of 'Stree Raksha Pads'.

 

With inputs from ANI

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