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Keeping the factors like cost and environment in mind, Amrita Self-Reliant Village (SeRVe) came up with pads made of banana fiber. Amrita SeRVe turns waste banana stems, discarded by farmers, into a fiber, and sews it along with a cloth cover and base."Banana fiber is the main absorbing material in the napkin. It is good in three ways – health, environment, and cost,” says Anju Bist, Co-Director, Amrita SeRVe, who creates awareness on sustainable menstrual hygiene in schools and colleges. Reusable pads are needed, if for nothing else than to combat the waste management problem in cities.