As the UN environment goodwill ambassador from India, Dia Mirza came out in support of using biodegradable sanitary pads!
In an interview with NBT, Dia Mirza made a striking revelation that she no longer uses sanitary pads during periods as it negatively affects the environment. According to reports, menstruating women throw away almost 21.3 billion sanitary pads every year, causing a lot of damage to the environment.
She was quoted saying, “The Sanitary napkins and diapers in our country are polluting the environment on a larger scale and that’s why during periods I have stopped using sanitary napkins. As an actor, if I am saying this then it is a big thing because we also promote sanitary napkins. Whenever I get offers of sanitary napkins promotions, I clearly deny them.”
Shedding more light on the need for awareness among women, she added, “Now I use biodegradable napkins that get destroyed 100 percent naturally. In our country, women are using cotton during periods for a long time but now many options have come that are bad for the environment. The women in India should stop using sanitary napkins and should use protective and secured biodegradable napkins.”
Eco-friendly alternatives that could replace these hazardous materials could be: reusable sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and biodegradable napkins. This switch will be a useful step towards reducing waste generation in India where menstrual waste itself amounts to over 9000 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste.