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On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, an event in the city saw the revival of an ancient tradition — using cloth pads during menstruation. Mata Amritanandamayi Math launched reusable pads made out of banana fiber called Saukhyam designed by Anju Bist, co-director, Amrita SeRVe (Self Reliant Village), also known as ‘Pad Woman’ of India, and Meera Krishnakutty, Amrita SeRVe. “Sanitary pads are made out of plastic. It is estimated that one pad is equivalent to four plastic bags, and will take 500-800 years to decompose. Burning these pads emits harmful dioxins and furans. On average, one woman spends at least `1,200 every year, around `70,000 over a lifetime", shared Anju Bist.