Ecological sanitary napkins win for health and the environment


Reusable sanitary napkins can be a hugely beneficial alternative to plastic napkins, which can be detrimental to women’s health and the environment, experts said yesterday at the Third National Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. (SDSR).

The two-day virtual conference (Sunday and Monday) was hosted by the Department of Population Sciences, Dhaka University and the Dutch Development Organization SNV.

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Presenting an assessment report on Low Cost Ecological Liquid Absorbent Pad (ELLA), Tuba Ahmad, Program Support Officer, UN Women Bangladesh, said the availability, affordability and accessibility of pads hygienic products made from leftover clothing have helped RMG workers. “Physical, financial and mental well-being, while providing environmental benefits.

Dr Nazneen Akhter, Assistant Professor and Director of the North-South University’s Institute for Global Climate and Health Research, said: “The apparel industry should encourage these kinds of innovative programs which are a win-win situation for workers and owners. “

Maj Mizanur Rahman, Head of CSR and Compliance at Palmal Group, said: “Ella Pad has introduced an exceptional intervention that generates value.

The conference was opened by Planning Minister Muhammad Abdul Mannan. DU VC Prof Md Akhteruzzaman was a special guest at the event.


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