Statistics show that a woman uses around 16,000 sanitary pads throughout her lifetime. Those 16,000 hygiene products, full of chemicals, plastics, SAP, polymers, perfumes and other synthetic compounds, are buried in the dumps of the world and take several centuries to decompose. In India, over a billion of these non-degradable sanitary pads clog landfills, water bodies and sewage systems every year. This is because synthetic pads are made of 90% plastic and are bleached with chlorine.
That explains why the level of trash in India is on the rise.
It is estimated that our Earth takes between 100 and 200 years to completely assimilate that waste caused by non-biodegradable sanitary napkins into its system. Plastic is not biodegradable, and its chemical compounds will remain even after the total decomposition of the sanitary pad. On the other hand, the oil exploitation that is needed to produce these disposable plastics is extremely destructive and contaminates water and land for thousands of years. In the end, these wastes go to landfills, rivers, seas, lakes, and deserts, where they affect the lives of other people and animals, damaging the landscape and contaminating it forever.