As the cognizance of the cons of plastic waste has increased, its management has become a priority. Numerous steps, including that of segregation by usage of two different bins for dry and wet waste, are being taken seriously all around the country. Some specific measures, that people in my community have been putting their efforts towards, include trying to use compostable and biodegradable garbage bags instead of plastic ones and segregation of plastic bottles in order to sell it to the ‘kabadiwala’.
Furthermore, one of the initiatives that has been taken up, which I believe needs to be incorporated in discussions of plastic waste, is the usage of biodegradable sanitary napkins. While production of most sanitary napkins requires petroleum or plastic which eventually adds to the environmental damage caused, it may also cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Moreover, biodegradable sanitary napkins are made up of environmentally friendly raw materials like banana, jute, and bamboo fibre and thus, are breathable and help prevent rashes, allergies, and infections along with having easy disposal methods.
While the need to tackle the environmental catastrophe of increasing plastic waste rises, these efforts may not seem suffice. However, they do seem like the push required to reach our ultimate goal.