Beating plastic pollution in India is easier than you Think

Beating plastic pollution in India is easier than you Think
We will have to give away packaging including milk covers, food wrappers and even sanitary napkins

Every yea in India about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated  and of which only 60 per cent is recycled. Delhi tops the chart with with 689.52 tonnes followed by Chennai (429.39 tonnes), Mumbai (408.27 tonnes), Bengaluru (313.87 tonnes) and Hyderabad (199.33 tonnes). Thus says our union environment minister. In a recent clean up drive that happened across 12 states lying close to Himalayan ecosystem, volunteers picked up about four lakh pieces of plastic waste in a two-hour operation.

Another World environment day has gone by. We made great promises and shared information on plastic menace. Right now in India we are battling plastic pollution with all its strength, but the menace is deep rooted. Truth is Plastic pollution is one of the biggest reasons behind the decline we see in marinelife and increase in land waste and waterways.

If we just look at how big this plastic industry is in India, we can understand we are nowhere near solving this menace.

Beating plastic pollution in India is easier than you Think

A research study carried out stated that 87% Indians are worried about non recyclable waste, but are not actively taking any steps to curb it. Plastic ban does not mean just polythene bags or water  bottles. Many of us are not even aware of the fact that microbeads, used in detergents and cosmetics, are a major environmental problem, as they can leach into oceans and are eaten by fish.  We will have to give away packaging including milk covers, food wrappers and even sanitary napkins.

Dia Mirza
Bollywood actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza announced a few days ago that she was switching to biodegradable sanitary napkins. image

Bollywood actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza announced a few days ago that she was switching to biodegradable sanitary napkins. Hope many more joins her.

Ray of Hope

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Sanitary napkins, New age Pollutant

Even though number of women who use hygienic means to manage menstruation in India is pegged at just 12-15%, this has already opened up a new challenge….How to handle the staggering amount of Sanitary waste.

Sanitary waste disposal has become an increasing problem in India. The plastic used in disposable sanitary napkins are not bio-degradable and lead to health and environmental hazards.

The total amount of menstrual hygiene waste that is generated per month nationwide comes to around 9000 tons….. 

What’s inside Sanitary Pad?

Have you ever checked what’s in your pads. Even if you check you won’t find  ingredients in sanitary pad as manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients because feminine hygiene products are considered medical devices.

Have you ever checked what’s in your pads ?

Sanitary pads are mostly plastic and are made of different layers. The thin top layer on napkins, known as the dri-weave top sheet, is made of polypropylene (a plastic polymer). The  padding is mostly wood pulp mixed with super absorbent polymers and the leak-proof layer is made from an impermeable polyethylene.  Super absorbent polymer is the magic ingredient that helps to hold water up to 30 times its weight.

Too much plastic means, sanitary pads too carry health hazards. Would like to enlist few….

  • Some chemicals present in plastic like BPA and BPS can complicate embryonic development
  • The cellulose present in pads can cause cervical cancer
  • Rayon which is used to increase the absorbing capacity of pads, contains dioxin. Dioxin is a known human carcinogen.
  • Deodorants used in pads can cause infertility and birth defects

What happens to all those soiled napkins ?

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