Soon, cheap sanitary pads made from banana stems
Washington, Oct 6 (ANI): The lack of affordable, quality sanitary pads in developing nations often makes monthly periods difficult for women. Now, researchers are helping to combat the problem by designing affordable pads made from natural, available materials.
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing sanitary pad from materials readily available in local areas - such as the fibre from banana stems in Rwanda.
The team from Department of Wood and Paper Science took banana stem fibres and put them through a series of chemical treatments and mechanical actions in order to change their composition from coarse, waxy fibers into soft, billowy materials that are more amenable to absorbing liquid.
Students in a textile engineering senior design course, led by Dr. Russell Gorga, associate professor of textile engineering, then incorporated the material into comfortable, effective and environmentally benign covers to create the prototypes currently under evaluation.
The final prototype was produced by David W. Allen, a senior in textile engineering at NC State.
"The idea behind our research was to keep this process extremely simple - we employed materials that were cheap and easy to work with," said Dr Lucian Lucia.
"In order for this project to be successful, it was imperative that the process could be replicated in other parts of the world - and that the average person, not necessarily a scientist, could create these sanitary pads.
"Our part in this important project was to show that turning banana stem fiber into an absorbent material is possible - and we're very pleased that was exactly what we were able to do.
"Our hope is that through this research, we'll take a step toward improving the lives of millions of impoverished women in Rwanda, and perhaps all of Africa," said Dr. Marian McCord, associate professor of textile engineering chemistry, science and biomedical engineering at NC State.
The pads will be sold by community health workers for 30 percent less than the available brand. (ANI)
Read More: United nations | Saint Lucia | North Goa | Charkhari State | Sarila State | Agarwal Paper Mill | Mahdaiya State | Ballarpur Paper Mill So | State Bank Of Hyderabad | State Bank Of India | B.t.project | Veterinary Science College | Science Institute Lsg So | State Bank Of Mysore Colony | State Bank Colony | Maruthanathi-project | Punalur Paper Mills | State Farm Colony | North Bengal University So | Kohima Science College | Paper Nagar | Maria
Ranbir Kapoor stays away from social-networking sites
May 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM
CONGRESS BRASS TO IMPLEMENT MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN PARTY
May 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM
GURUNATH MEIYAPPAN LANDS IN MUMBAI FOR QUESTIONING
May 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM