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Amrita Self-Reliant Village (SeRVe) has come up with pads made of banana fiber called Saukhyam Pads. Unlike disposable sanitary napkins, these pads are reusable and therefore sustainable. “India doesn’t have to make the same mistakes the West did. It doesn’t have to go down that same development path. If cloth pads are so popular in the West, why shouldn’t we make an effort to make it popular in India also? It’s fine if we have to work on the pricing, production and availability. Just make the effort to bypass the problem and not go down that same path to realise the harms of disposable sanitary pads a little too late,” says Anju Bist, Co-director, Amrita SeRVe.