WOMEN are often at the forefront of environmental movements so it’s ironic that only a few of them seem aware that a product they buy month after month is hardly eco-friendly. Indeed, environmentalists say that used sanitary napkins are now among the mainstays of today’s dumpsites. Worse, plastic, which is nonbiodegradable, is a key component of the modern sanitary pad.
Unfortunately, while sanitary-napkin manufacturers keep on coming up with one innovation after another in what they say are attempts to make menstruating women more comfortable, they do not seem to be under any kind of pressure to produce pads that will be kinder to the environment. And while there seems to be a bit of stirring among the women, with some rediscovering the good old pasador, the convenience of the disposable sanitary pad is proving too difficult to resist.
We hope the piece, the latest in i Report’s current series on the Filipino woman, will help spur readers to think about the price of convenience, and not only in connection with sanitary napkins.
Read on at pcij.org.