Indian scientists developing sanitary napkins from jute
THE NATIONAL Jute Board (NJB), in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, is developing jutebased sanitary pads which could help prevent cervical cancer. The product is fabricated from cellulose extracted from jute and its qualities are enhanced with the addition of a super-absorbent polymer. Since menstrual hygiene plays a role in the development of cervical cancer, researchers believe it will be beneficial to women. The new line of products could also revive the dying jute industry. At present, the sanitary napkins are made of imported cotton or wood cellulose. In the past, many women and girls have had bad experiences with such napkins because of yeast infections taking place.