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Unmasking the reality of sanitary napkin recycling

by Clean India Journal - Editor
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The proper disposal of used menstrual hygiene products was an unaddressed need. Until now.

In recent years, the workplace has seen a rising recognition of the significance of menstrual hygiene and the call for sustainable solutions. In the pursuit of creating inclusive environments, businesses now see providing menstrual hygiene and promoting sustainable innovations as vital aspects of corporate social responsibility.

However, the reality of menstrual hygiene in India is far from ideal. Challenges in accessing affordable and hygienic menstrual products impact women’s well-being. The improper disposal of sanitary napkins contributes to environmental degradation.

Brands providing menstrual hygiene services at workplaces have not only a commercial role but also a significant social responsibility in managing menstrual hygiene disposal processes.

Proper disposal

In the realm of sanitary product disposal, a vast number of incorrect claims and unverified processes create false impressions about environmental sustainability and safety. As per the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 issued by the Central Pollution Control Board of the Government of India, commercial sanitary napkins should be disposed of through an appropriate incineration process.

It is therefore important to adopt the right process and practices for environmental-friendly recycling of used sanitary napkins. Misinformation and false claims stemming from scientifically unverified practices or lack of global expertise in such a critical activity can often be misleading, and hamper the efforts of organisations to make environment-friendly choices.

The best approach

To prevent such misleading practices, Rentokil Initial Hygiene India has recently introduced the Sani Pro Green® process – a globally acclaimed and scientifically certified safe process for recycling used sanitary napkins. The sanitary napkins are converted into environmentally friendly outputs using Low-Temperature Thermal Decomposition (LTTD), a cutting-edge technology well within the acceptable environment norms. The process has been certified by the highest SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) international standards of Rentokil Initial.

Talking about the Sani Pro Green®, Nishat Goyal, COO Rentokil Initial Hygiene said: “Recognising the importance of sustainable solutions, Rentokil Initial Hygiene is fully committed to driving innovative practices in the hygiene industry. We firmly believe that sustainable innovations are not just a trend but a necessity for the preservation of our planet. It is not enough to simply claim sustainable innovation; we back our claims with solid reports and calculations.”

Many advantages

The Sani Pro Green® recycling process undergoes rigorous testing and analysis to ensure environmental efficacy with optimised energy consumption, setting an industry benchmark. The reduced energy consumption significantly cuts the carbon footprint and boosts sustainability in the hygiene industry.

Rentokil Initial Hygiene firmly believes that sustainable innovation should be transparent and measurable, providing accurate data and comprehensive reports to substantiate and trace sustainability initiatives. The organisation understands the importance of accountability and is committed to maintaining the highest standards of environmental stewardship in all aspects of operations.

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