We’ve always known that it’s best to turn lemons into lemonade but consider they way that an innovative group of Swedish university students turned a pesky water plant into a solution for affordable menstrual hygiene.
As reported by ecouterre.com in the course of their research, Karin Lidman, Sophie Thornander, Marc Hoogendijk, Lars Marcus Vedeler, and Kristin Tobiassen uncovered the water hyacinth’s impressive absorbency. The scourge of Lake Victoria could be recast as easy-to-make, inexpensive, and biodegradable sanitary napkins to help girls receive the education they need to escape poverty.
The Jani, which means “leaf” or “sheet”, consists of four layers made entirely from water-hyacinth paper. Each tier is imbued with different characteristics, whether it’s perforated holes to improve absorption or a veneer of beeswax to prevent leakage. Slits on the top layer allow the pad to adapt to the wearer’s body, reducing discomfort.
On their website the pads creators touch on how the social impact of this project is paramount with the desperate needs of women in Africa. “We found out that 870 000 schoolgirls miss 4 days of school every month1, simply because they cannot afford
By: Rachel Cargle
Social Media Manager BUPeriod