Single-use products are seen as sworn opponents of environmental awareness and sustainability, especially when garbage patches are reported in the oceans and landfills are at capacity.
Single-use plastic, which is used in many personal hygiene goods such as disposable sanitary pads and tampons for menstruating women, is one of the world's most polluting materials. LastObject, a Danish start-up, intends to put a stop to the single-use business by offering reusable alternatives to products like sanitary pads and tampons. The menstruation pad is the focus of the start-up's next innovation.
In 2019, LastObject introduced its first reusable product, a cotton swab. Menstrual cups, which can be washed and reused for years, have recently exploded on the market as reusable menstrual devices.
Period underwear is also gaining popularity as environmentalists call on businesses to develop long-term alternatives to single-use plastics. This type of underwear is made to absorb blood and then be reused. LastPad is the new design from the start-up, and it has anti-bacterial features as well as a breathable polyester design.
Furthermore, the intermediate layer is made of bamboo cloth, and the bottom layer prevents leaks. The pad took two years to create, according to FastCompany. Moreover, a slew of similar inventions in the health and hygiene business are expected to emerge, aided by governments pushing for plastic alternatives, particularly in Europe.
LastPad, according to reports, received funding on Kickstarter just hours after the listing was published. Single-use plastics pollute the environment all around the world. About 50 billion single-use tampons and pads end up in landfills in the United States.
In China, where 140 billion or more pads end up in landfills each year, the issue is far worse. In India, where just 20 per cent of women use sanitary pads, these reusable solutions help extend healthcare and cleanliness to women.
In metropolitan areas, this figure is 52 per cent. Using unsanitary ways of care during periods can lead to health problems. Reusable approaches are the way of the future.
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