Real Relief introduces Safepad made from regenerated plastic bottles
Safepad is made to last for up to 4 years, making it one of the most durable menstrual pads on the market.
The world is facing an ocean plastic crisis. Every minute – every day, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean. Unless immediate and sustained action is taken globally, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. As plastic remains in the ocean for hundreds of years and may take hundreds of years to degrade, the cumulative amount of plastic in the ocean by 2050 could reach 600 million tonnes — equivalent in weight to more than 3 million blue whales. The good thing is that it is never too late to do something about it, and this is exactly why the Danish company, Real Relief introduced a reusable pad made from plastic waste.
At the recently concluded Techtextil 2023, Real Relief displayed Safepad, a unique and innovatively designed product that offers a safe and infection-free experience to women during menstrual periods, is now available in a version made from regenerated plastic bottles, reclaimed from the ocean, and collected from coastlines in South India.
”It’s part of our DNA to create meaningful impact. Converting plastic waste into reusable Safepad menstrual pads is our latest approach to tackling waste problems around the world”, says Trine Angeline Sig, Managing Director, Real Relief.
Safepad is made to last for up to 4 years, making it one of the most durable menstrual pads on the market. By creating reusable pads of high-quality long lasting polyester fabric and now even recycled, the company helps reduce the amount waste created by menstrual products by up to 99 per cent.
Real Relief is an innovative entrepreneurial company based in Denmark, that designs, manufactures and delivers life-saving sustainable and environmentally friendly relief items for the humanitarian sector and people in need in developing countries.
They have more than 20 years of experience and recognised expertise in humanitarian- and emergency aid, and more than ever before, Real Relief is determined to do its part in the now almost exacerbating and indefensible on-going challenges of global relief work.
” Safepad is made to last for up to 4 years, making it one of the most durable menstrual pads on the market. By creating reusable pads of high-quality long lasting polyester fabric and now even recycled, we help reduce the amount waste created by menstrual products by up to 99% “, adds Real Relief´s Technical Director Mr. Torben Holm Larsen.
From plastic bottles to a finished Safepad
- Plastic bottles are collected at the coast lines of South India
- The bottles are sorted and cleaned
- The bottles are torn into plastic flakes
- The plastic flakes are converted into smaller granulates
- The granulates are extruded and spun into yarns
- The yarns are knitted into a modern and sustainable fabric
- The soft fabric is used to make a Safepad