An entrepreneurial duo are donating eco-friendly sanitary products to those struggling during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Hetal and Chirag Virani, co-founders of start-up Sparkle, are gifting 100,000 pads to migrant women and day labourers during countrywide lockdown.
Sparkle – based in Surat, Gujarat, India – is the first company in the world to use a combination of bamboo fibre, banana fibre, and corn starch in a sanitary napkin.
Bamboo fibre is naturally antibacterial and soft, while banana fibre’s absorbent core is highly effective at locking away menstrual fluid. Additionally, the corn starch-based bio plastic serves as a compostable alternative to plastic.
Compared to commercial pads that do not biodegrade for 600 years, all-natural Sparkle pads can degrade within around six months of disposal.
The pads are not only good for the environment, but for the body too with no chemicals or fragrances that may cause skin irritation, rashes or UTIs. They are also beneficial to farmers, who earn extra income each harvest from banana stems agricultural waste.
Hetal and Chirag wanted to find a way to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted them to launch their Periods Don’t Stop During a Crisis campaign.
They are working with a small team of employees to maintain health and safety standards, while working with local organisations in order to distribute the pads.
Speaking to Uspire, they said: “We are all in this together. Whether you are an individual, a start-up or multi-national corporation, we believe everyone has an ability to take at least one positive action towards helping those who have been hit hardest during COVID-19.
“As a young start-up that provides sustainable menstrual hygiene products, we decided to donate 100,000 sanitary pads as this allows us to utilise our strengths and skills to make a positive impact. We hope we can encourage others to do their part and help those in need by donating their products or services or with whatever else they can. Any positive action, no matter how small, is better than no action at all.”
Alongside their philanthropy during these unprecedented times, Sparkle’s mission is normalise menstruation and help the millions of girls and women who miss up to 50-60 days of school or work annually because they cannot afford menstrual hygiene products.
Their ‘Buy One, Give One Initiative’ means every time one of their products is purchased, they donate a pad to a girl in need so that they are able to continue participating in school, engaging socially, and carrying out daily activities with dignity.
For more info, visit Sparkle.