Production of sanitary pads using plastic wastes blocking waterways

Title:  Production of Sanitary Pads using Plastic Wastes Blocking Waterways
Lead: Adekanbi Michael Lanre
Name 0f Team Members: Adekanbi Michael Lanre Omoyeni Edamisan Adeniyi Rasheed Braimah
Department:  Mechanical Engineering
Sub-Theme:  Innovative Technology Solutions for Urban Resilience
SDG Goals  Good Health and Well-being
Competition Category: Innovative Solution/Research
Product: Solution
Our solution focuses on production of low cost sanitary pads using plastic wastes that block water ways. This solution is targeted at putting an end to period poverty in Nigeria. The fact remains that a large percentage of females in Nigeria, especially those that reside in rural areas, cannot afford menstrual products as the average cost of sanitary pad is around 1.3 US dollar which is almost equivalent to the daily income of about 40% of  Nigerians. Plastics constitutes a large quota in the amount of non-biodegradable wastes generated in Nigeria. Due to inefficiency of the waste disposal system in Nigeria, a bulk of those plastics end up in drainages, rivers and different water bodies. Since, sanitary pad contains about 90% plastic and it is a major feedstock used in its production, using the plastic wastes generated in Nigeria to produce low cost pads would go a long way in solving the problem of period poverty in Nigeria.

The unique part of our solution is the fact that it solves two major problems scourging Nigerians at a time. It directly attacks the problem of period poverty in Nigeria while concomitantly mitigating the problem of improper disposal of plastics which often leads to flood. Moreso, it uses a feedstock that is available on almost every street in Nigeria to solve a grand challenge.

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