We are a team of changemakers, enriching the lives of women around the world through our offerings. Spreading awareness on menstrual health and hygiene with a view of detaching the stigma around menstruation forms the core of our organisation.
ReliefPads are manufactured by women for women. 35% of our workforce is women. Many women are unable to afford sanitary pads due to high prices. 64% of women in the world have difficulties in affording menstrual hygiene products. Menstruation is believed to be a sensitive topic and is not discussed openly, which is why women often continue to harbour myths. To manage menstruation, underprivileged girls adopt unhygienic practices such as using hay or grass which can cause chronic infections such as E. coli or Staphylococcus Aureus. A report appearing in the Economic Times indicates that 80% of 355 million Indian women come under house arrest while menstruating since disposable sanitary pads are unaffordable for them. The inaccessibility results in monthly absenteeism of 3 to 7 days and poor performance at schools. Moreover, 20% of girls quit school once they start menstruating. The United Nation Population Fund 2016 report documents that girls skipping education due to inaccessibility to menstrual hygiene products is a human rights violation. To enable girls to attend school regularly, our solution is to provide reusable menstrual hygiene products.
ReliefPads can be reused for up to 18 months whereas a plastic pad can only be used once and thrown off. According to a recent report, every year 12.3 billion plastic pads are dumped in landfills in India. Disposable pads contribute to water and land pollution. A plastic pad takes more than 500 years to decompose. Using ReliefPads contributes to waste reduction and overall environmental sustainability. Suppose a menstruating woman uses 12 pads per period, disposing 144 pads in a year and subsequently 288 in two years, as opposed to reusable pads, disposing 4 pads in 2 years which amounts to almost 98% of waste reduction.
ReliefPads are made from carefully sourced high-quality fabric. It works well during heavy flow days. It is provided with cushioning for comfort and is highly breathable. Azo- free threads are used to weave the pad together, maintaining the OEKO TEX standard. The dyes used do not contain any extraneous material to harm the body. The pads are antibacterial treated to keep the user free from infections such as Staphylococcus Aureus and E. coli. The pads have been designed to fit well in the underwear, with wings equipped with snap buttons to secure the pad in place at all times. The Maxi Pad can hold up to 6 to 8 hours of menstrual discharge while the Super-maxi Pad can take up to 10-12 hours of menstrual discharge.
If you are an NGO, distributing disposable pads every month results in a substantial distribution cost. Reusable pads can be distributed once in 2 years, in one area. Thus, saving on distribution costs and maintaining inventory controls.