An effort to eradicate period poverty, promote sustainable menstrual hygiene and empower women
Established by the Sanshil Foundation in 2020,FLOW Pads is a non- profit initiative aimed at eradicating period poverty in rural India. The hope is for every young menstruating individual to feel empowered and confident during their periods – so they can reach their full potential.
The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 worsened the financial condition of the rural menstruating population, making it harder for them to afford any sanitary products. This led to individuals often reverting to unsanitary and unhygienic practices of using old cloth/ash/rags and more.
That is when the idea of FLOW Pads was born,an initiative that provides rural communities in need with reusable pads free of cost, while also educating them on menstrual health and hygiene.
FLOW’s reusable cotton pads have a huge positive impact on the environment. According to Times of India, a single menstruator can generate upto 125 kilograms of nonbiodegradable waste during their menstrual years, which takes upto 500-800 years to decompose.
Flow Pads can replace 500 sanitary pads per menstruator from being disposed in a landfill!
In the process, we have employed women from a village in Haryana who stitch our pads.
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