A one-day reusable cloth pad making workshop was conducted in Nobel college through collaboration with the Nepal Youth Red Cross Circle – Nobel College (NYRCC-NC). It opened floor for discussion on sustainable alternatives to commercial plastic-loaded sanitary pads, highlighting the health as well as environmental impacts of these pads. Most of the participants were students coming from the Public Health background. They were eager to learn how a cloth pad is made and were determined to take this knowledge to the rural communities they serve as a part of their course requirement.
Researches from around the world show that disposable or plastic pads and tampons contain hazardous chemicals that risk reproductive health in women. Moreover, the plastic content remains in the earth for hundreds of years, contributing to pollution.