Biodegradable Cellulosic Sanitary Napkins from Waste Cotton and Natural Extract Based Anti-bacterial Nanocolorants
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With the aim to develop biodegradable quality sanitary pads at affordable prices to the schoolgirls and women, locally available cotton waste materials and anti-bacterial nanocolorants are used to prepare anti-bacterial biodegradable absorbent material suitable for sanitary napkins and diapers. Cotton fluff from loom waste was collected, cleaned and hydro-entangled to form absorbent sheet. The sheet shows water absorbency of more than 470%. Electrochemically synthesized natural extract (from neem and orange peel) based nanocolorants were incorporated in the material to improve their anti-bacterial ability. Further, microporous polylactic acid biodegradable sheet was used to pack the absorbent layer and its performance was tested. This anti-bacterial biodegradable absorbent pad would be an ideal substitute for synthetic sanitary pads considering its 100% biodegradability. This can provide a long-term viable alternative to the current practices.
Authors express their gratitude to PSG Institutions for the financial and other supports to carry out this work.
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