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Successful initiative by IIT Kanpur to develop a jute-based sanitary napkin.

Scientists developing sanitary napkins from jute

The National Jute Board (NJB) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur is developing jute-based sanitary pads which could help prevent cervical cancer. After using jute for packing coffee and cocoa, the jute packaging needs to be extended to tea too, Jute Commissioner Subrata Gupta said.

“We are carrying out trials and now we are trying to scale up production after initial production and encouraging feedback,” NJB secretary Arvind Kumar M. told IANS on Tuesday.

IIT – Kharagpur scientist B. Adhikary is leading the technological innovation in the project funded by the NJB.

Since menstrual hygiene plays a role in development of cervical cancer, researchers believe it will be beneficial to women’s personal hygiene. The product is fabricated from cellulose extracted from jute and its qualities are enhanced with addition of a super-absorbent polymer. Also, the new line of products could revive the dying jute industry.

Normally, the sanitary napkins are made of imported cotton or wood cellulose.

“We have already developed food-grade packaging material for coffee and cocoa. Now the opportunity may be explored to package teas as well,” Gupta said during the annual general meeting of the Tea Association of India.

Under the Jute Packaging Act, 1987, use of jute bags is mandatory for packing food grain and other material weighing beyond 25 kg.

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