Rotary launches Project Sumitra – Towards Use of Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Products

Targeting Better Health, Environment & Livelihoods for Women On Girl Child Empowerment Day

A Women ends up using 6000 – 7000 disposable sanitary pads over her menstrual life: Shreya Chadalavada, Founder of Bum Print Baby

Hyderabad, October 17, 2021: The Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan (RCHD), along with partner clubs launched Project Sumitra in the city on Sunday evening.

The project is aimed towards encouraging and facilitating use of sustainable menstrual hygiene product. The project targets better health, environment and livelihoods.

The project was announced on the eve of Girl Child Empowerment Day observed by Rotary International District 3150.

Rotary launches Project Sumitra - Towards Use of Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Products
Rotary launches Project Sumitra – Towards Use of Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Products

Speaking on the occasion, Shreya Chadalavada, Founder of Bum Print Baby (a reusable baby diaper brand) and one of the implementation partners for the project Sumitra by Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan noted that a Women ends up using 6000 – 7000 disposable sanitary pads/ 16 sets of reusable sanitary pads/ 3-4 menstrual cups over her menstrual life.

Rotarian Sharath Choudary, District co-chair, Girl Child Empowerment stated that ‘every women on earth will leave behind twice her own weight in terms of menstrual waste across her reproductive life cycle’ while addressing the gathering. He also noted that sanitary waste constitutes to a large percentage of hazardous waste.

Rotarian Sailesh Gumidelli, Assistant Governor of Rotary district 3150, unveiled the banner of Project Sumitra. He shared that the project Sumitra was impactful in touching areas such as Hygeine, Environment, and girl empowerment which are a few key focus areas of Rotary.

Under this project, Rotary District 3150 to get manufactured two products—01. Re-usable Cloth Sanitary Pads and 02. Sanitary cups. Both are biodegradable products.


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