Why Switch?


Why Switch from Disposable to Saukhyam Reusable pads

I was using disposable pads made by multi-national companies who I thought sell trusted brands.

However, there were facts that I didn’t know. Inconvenient facts, that I started finding out when I began inquiring. 

  • Every disposable pad has the equivalent of 4 plastic bags in it. I never could have imagined that there was so much plastic in just one pad.

  • Over my entire menstruating lifetime, I would have used and discarded 10,000-15,000 pads or the equivalent of 40,000-60,000 plastic bags. 

  • This plastic would contaminate the environment for hundreds of years to come. If I burned the used pads (in an incinerator or in the open), then harmful furans and dioxins would be released into the atmosphere, not only polluting the air that we breath but the environment as a whole. 

  • Dioxins are released not just when pads are burnt, they are also present in trace amounts in all pads, as a result of the bleaching process the pads go through.

  • Dioxins are endocrine disruptors, and can harm my body in many different ways.

  • The skin in the vaginal area is highly permeable and anything that is in constant touch with the skin there will end up in the bloodstream.

  • If I had continued using disposable pads, I would have spent approximately ₹1,000 rupees every year, and perhaps close to ₹50,000 over my lifetime on a product that was not good for my health or the health of our planet. 


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