Many girls and women are unable to afford sanitary pads. Disturbed by this fact, a group of students at Art Center College of Design in California has built a low-cost, easy-to-use tool called Flo, which washes and dries reusable sanitary cloths, reports A Plus.
The brainchild of students — Mariko Higaki Iwai, Sohyun Kim, and Tatijana Vasily — Flo is also among the winning designs of this year’s International Design Excellence.
So, how does it work?
First, the sanitary cloth goes inside a basket, which helps wring out and dry the soiled material.
The basket is made up of high-strength plastic two bowls which are joined together with a nylon or cotton string. In addition to holding water and detergent, the bowls also cover the rags to avoid embarrassment often faced by girls.
Then, the user can hold the product using the strings and give it a spin. According to the designers, Flo uses half the water and detergent compared to manual washing.
After the sanitary clothes are washed, the string and the basket can also be pulled out and used for hanging the wet cloth. It is important to dry the cloth in the sun, since that helps kill bacteria.
The kit also contains a zip-top pouch, which would allow girls to carry a reusable pad to school privately. The toolkit will cost less than $3.
The designers, who have also collaborated with students will roll out a business plan towards making Flo a reality for millions of girls across the world.