Bollywood actress Dia Mirza is not appearing on silver screen much these days, but there are other significant things that is keeping the diva busy. Recently, she had made news for being appointed United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador of India.
Being one actress who always speaks her heart out, this time Dia Mirza has come out with a significant message. The actress has said that she does not use sanitary napkins when she is on her periods. Speaking to NBT, she said that she does this to protect the environment from the harmful effects of sanitary pads.
Seeking to create awareness about biodegradable alternatives of sanitary napkins, Dia Mirza said:
Sanitary napkins and diapers in our country are polluting the environment on a larger scale and that’s why during periods I have stopped using sanitary napkins. As an actor, if I am saying this then it is a big thing because we also promote sanitary napkins. Whenever I get offers of sanitary napkins promotions, I clearly deny them.
Although sanitary napkin are seen as a feminine hygiene necessity and a convenient to use option, non-biodegradable products in this category pose a huge danger to the environment. Emphasizing on the need to switch to more environment friendly alternatives of sanitary napkins, Dia Mirza said:
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Now I use biodegradable napkins that get destroyed 100 percent naturally. In our country, women are using cotton during periods for a long time but now many options have come that are bad for the environment. The women in India should stop using sanitary napkins and should use protective and secured biodegradable napkins.
Using disposable sanitary napkins is still considered as a luxury in India as majority of Indian women still do not have access to them. These sanitary napkins are stain-free, and long lasting, hence a desirable product for all the menstruating women. But the flip side of the matter is that billions of these pads make their way into sewerage system and landfills every month, posing a huge risk to the environment.
Also, the super-absorbent material used in making these products are 90 per cent plastic. They can cause a lot of health complications such as a weak immune system, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cancer, diabetes, hormone dysfunction and many others.
Hence, as conveyed by Dia Mirza as well, this is indeed the right time to switch to organic, environment friendly, re-usable and body-friendly alternatives of sanitary pads such as cloth pads made with cotton, hemp or bamboo, or menstrual cups.