Toxic-free sanitary pads! Possible?
First we should throw light on the points that are going to be extensively discussed over this article, which are Toxins and Sanitary pads. Sanitary Pads are a necessity for women over 6 days of their menstrual cycle. It is the most widely used period product and it is the oldest of the lot. Being Disposable makes it a very hygienic option as reusable products are usually unhygienic as all bacteria that is formulated in the napkin does not get washed off. Given the usage of sanitary pads in India, we need to introduce toxic free sanitary pads in India as it is over dependent on the sanitary pad with 98% of the women using the product. Sanitary pads are made with very low grade raw material in India and toxic free sanitary pads would mean women conducting a safe and clean period. Now let us try and understand how toxins play a role in sanitary pads and what are the drawbacks of them.
Toxic Sanitary pads are napkins that are laden with chemicals that come from the fragrance that is used in sanitary pads, the SAP powder that is used, Chlorine leaching that results in a super white sanitary napkin and from the use of plastic that required chemical treatment resulting in toxins being embedded in the sanitary pads. Toxins are used to enhance the performance of a low grade 3 layer sanitary pad, that is not built to perform optimally but is made to by the use of chemicals and toxins that enhance the performance. This is a tactic deployed by all the MNCs that construct a single pad for the whole world and then through the use of toxins they alter the chemicals and the contents to build a relevant pad for every continent/country of the world.
How can we construct a toxic free sanitary pad?
1. We will need to start building a real sturdy and strong sanitary pad. This will result in us not requiring to add chemicals and toxins to optimize the performance of the sanitary pad. In India there is a new wave of start up sanitary pad companies that have already made the leap of faith. Providing the customer with a superior product that has 7 layers and can take what is promised from a sanitary pad, instead of following suit with the MNCs and manufacturing a 3 layer napkin and adding chemicals and toxins to enhance performance. Now the issue is the new brands that are in the market do not have the funds to build enough awareness around their products, due to which they are not being able to shift a considerable amount of consumers to their side.
2. A Pad with SAP Paper or just eradicate the SAP completely. So there is an expensive option for manufacturers that they can take to using SAP paper but this will make them less competitive in the price sensitive market that India has. So these manufacturers decide to rather just stick to the powder but invest marketing spend into trying to build a good impression of the SAP powder, calling it SAP GEL - MAGIC GEL, again doing what they do best, misleading the consumer into believing the product is something that it is surely not. Then there is also the example of the organic products based company ‘Organyc’ so this brand is 100% cotton and organics. That means there is no SAP GEL and the job of the gel is done by the absorbent nature of cotton, yes this does mean that you will have to change your sanitary pad every 2 to 3 hours but for your greater good you must! You and everyone you know must start switching to a toxic free sanitary pad.
3. Something that most customers do not know and are not told about is the negative impact that fragrance has in a sanitary pad. There is a chemical free fragrance but again comes very expensive so large MNCs drown your sanitary pads in chemical fragrances that result in pleasant smelling sanitary pads. Even though period blood does not stink as much as women think, they are made to believe this even more by the companies that use the fragrance as they promote it as a must. Not only does it not only mislead the consumer but the consumer is again misinformed about the fragrance not reducing the smell but enhancing it, as the smell is pungent when the period blood mixes with the smell of the fragrance.
4. Last and most shocking of the lot is the use of chlorine in sanitary pads. MNCs - conventional Pads use chlorine to bleach the raw material used on the sanitary pad so that the customer does not get to know the Lew grade fabrics used in constructing a napkin. This again is one of the main reasons why women get allergies and infections during periods. The low grade raw material used starts to act up and the chlorine bleaching makes periods even more itchy than what they already are with the use of fragrance.
As a conclusion to this topic, we need to start purchasing and giving our money in the right hands which are the hands of the start ups. They are giving the best services, providing the best content and a toxic free sanitary pad which is the best sanitary pad we can ask for. Toxic free sanitary pads are the tomorrow of sanitary pads and it is up to us consumers to help reduce the consumption of low grade pads and spend an extra 100 to improve the pads you use on your periods.