Three Technology graduates from Massachusetts Institute have developed a biodegradable sanitary pads that is made from banana fiber specifically for the Indian market.
The huge Indian market with many banana plantations and the low standard of living makes it a viral idea that could revolutionise hygiene.
They started their project last year October but has gained so much popularity over a few months. Since many women in rural India lack sanitary pads the three female engineers knew that their startups would be a hit.
These sanitary pads are different from commercially available pads which are usually made out of bleached wood pulp. As a matter of fact normal pads can cause skin irritation because of the super absorbent polymer it has.
Many acres of banana trees
This new organic kind of pad is made from fibre from discarded banana trees. Since there are many acres of banana trees in India, after harvest farmers cut down and discard the old to trees to plant new ones.
These discarded fibres are bought from banana farmers to make an extra income for their agro by product. It is also environmental friendly and degrades within six months. The organization known as Saathi will work with foundations to be able to distribute 10,000 units among women in rural areas as part of the OneMillionPads programme.