Saathi has developed 100% biodegradable and compostable sanitary pad made from banana fiber which is one of the most absorbent natural fibers and abundant in India. Unlike wood pulp or cotton, it is an agricultural by-product and does not require additional land usage. Our all-natural pads do not contain bleach or chemicals to minimize skin irritation and release of toxins into the environment upon disposal. Not only are they more comfortable and safer for the user as they don’t contain bleach which has carcinogenic dioxins, but Saathi pads also degrade within 6 months of disposal, 1200 times faster than conventional pads, and eliminate the need for incineration, reducing CO2 production. We eliminate 60 kg of pad waste, per woman, in her lifetime. Saathi is part of the circular economy where everyone is positively impacted and our goal is to create hygiene products that are good for the body, environment, and community. We’ve already saved 10 MT of plastic waste and 16MT of CO2 emissions. We project that, by 2023, will reduce plastic waste by 9,212 MT and CO2 emissions by 14,077 MT.