Muhamma is a village in Cherthala Taluk in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Muhamma is set to become the “first synthetic sanitary pad free village in India.’’
A regular sanitary pad is made up of 90% plastic and could take between 500 to 800 years to degrade
To become the “first synthetic sanitary pad free village in India’’, the local body has initiated a project to tackle the issue of menstrual waste. As per the project, the civic body will encourage women to switch to reusable pads made of clothes and menstrual cups.
As part of the project, Grama Panchayat will provide cloth pads and menstrual cups to females.
Grama panchayat president J Jayalal said, “We are generating one lakh synthetic sanitary pads monthly. We understood that it is a severe threat to soil and water. So, to overcome this, we have come with this eco-friendly alternative.’’
As per the project, the grama will provide a maximum of four cloth pads and one menstrual cup to all women in the panchayat while collecting a nominal fee.
The distribution of cloth pads and cups will be completed in two months.
To make the project a success by distributing required cloth pads and cups, the local body has joined hands with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a Bengaluru based non-profit organisation.
According to officials, a menstrual cup can be reused for at least five years. In that way, one cup can replace more than 750 sanitary napkins.