AN EARTH-CONSCIOUS PRODUCT

Throughout the design process, we've made conscious decisions to use the best materials possible, both in terms of period management, ease of disposal, and environmental sustainability. Our pads are reliable, low cost, and 100% biodegradable as they use water hyacinth as an absorbent and Green Film™ plastic as the moisture barrier. Using an invasive species and a compostable plastic film made from a waste material provides an Earth-conscious solution.

The absorbent – Water hyacinth

The absorbent in the pad is made from water hyacinth bulbs and stems. Some quick facts on water hyacinth:

  •  Water hyacinth is a destructive and invasive aquatic species
  • Doubles in size every 6-18 days
  •  Obstructs water-based transportation, inhibits fishing, and decreases access to fresh water
  • Threatens biodiversity by depleting oxygen in water and kills native species 
  • Is the breeding ground for mosquitoes and parasites, increasing disease
Water Hyacinth is a major weed in more than 50 countries across the world.

Additional Facts:

  • “Native to the Amazon Basin in South America, water hyacinth has emerged as a major weed in more than 50 countries in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world with profuse and permanent impacts"[1]

  • It provides the optimal breeding conditions for mosquitoes and parasites that increase the prevalence of malaria, skin rash, encephalitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and schistosomiasis.[2]

  • “Water hyacinth has been identified [...] and recognized as one of the top 10 worst weeds in the world."[3]

  • Across Africa, economic impacts of water hyacinth may be as much as US$100 million annually.[4]

  • Water hyacinth blocks waterways and hampers agriculture, fisheries, hydropower, and recreation.[5]

  • The flow of the Nile has been reduced by up to 10% as a result of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria introduced in the 80's.[6]

[1] “Water hyacinth—can its aggressive invasion be controlled?”. United Nations Environment Programme. April 2013. Web. 15 May 2014.
[2] Shabana, Y.M., M.A. Elwakil and R. Charudattan. “Biological Control of Water Hyacinth by a Mycoherbicide in Egypt”. Academia.edu. 2001. Web. 15 May 2014.
[3] "Water hyacinth—can its aggressive invasion be controlled?”. United Nations Environment Programme. April 2013. Web. 15 May 2014.
[4] "UNEP in 2006”. United Nations Environment Programme. 2006. Web. 15 May 2014.
[5] “Water hyacinth—can its aggressive invasion be controlled?”. United Nations Environment Programme. April 2013. Web. 15 May 2014.
[6] Lindsey K, Hirt HM. (1999). "Use Water Hyacinth! A Practical Handbook of uses for the Water Hyacinth from Across the World." Anamed: Winnenden.

The moisture barrier

We've chosen to use biodegradable Green Film™ plastic as the moisture barrier in the sanitary pad, the lowest cost, environmentally sustainable moisture barrier currently on the market.

  • No GM corn, pesticides, or land where food could be grown are used to make our biodegradable plastic
  • Through the addition of a crustacean shell based resin, Green Film™ is rendered completely biodegradable and compostable
  • Releasing no toxins or heavy metals, it breaks down and is easily consumed by naturally occurring microbes in soil and water
  •   Commercial composting facilities are not necessary for disposal as with other biodegradable plastics like corn based
  • Green Film™ requires no special storage or transport conditions