Industrial Innovations

100% Biodegradable Sanitary Pads

100% biodegradable sanitary pads are made from an agricultural by-product, banana fibre, one of the most absorbent and abundant natural fibres in India.

Area: Energy Sciences

Innovator: Tarun Bothra, Co-Founder, CTO, Saathi Eco Innovations India Private Limited, saathi@saathipads.com

Funding agency: Ministry of Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSME), Govt of India

Benefits: General sanitary pads use cotton, which when farmed uses 6x the water and 10x the fertilizer as bananas. Saathi pads degrade within 6 months, 1200 times faster than conventional pads, and eliminate the need for incineration, reducing CO2 production. These all-natural pads don’t contain any bleach or chemicals which minimizes skin irritation and the release of toxins into the environment upon disposal.

Implementing institute: Saathi Eco Innovations India Private Limited, Ahmedabad