(Cofounded by Namita & Deveshi) Cohort: Aug 2018, India Age:17 Location: Hyderabad, Telangana Domain: Health & Sanitation
An eco-friendly solution to sanitary waste management
Many women lack the necessary means of disposing used menstrual products in a way that is not environmentally harmful. Most sanitary napkins contain plastic and are therefore not biodegradable.
The team has made an innovative and eco-friendly device, Lunatrat, made with low-cost and easily accessible materials: a mud pot, a convex lens and caustic soda. The device uses sunlight to incinerate sanitary waste in a hygienic way without causing pollution (no smoke is released out into the environment).
The team of two have introduced their device into their school and a few other schools in Hyderabad. They want to scale up production of the device so it can be used widely, especially in rural areas.
Namita and Deveshi are 12th standard students at the DDMS (AMS) P.Obul Reddy Public School in Hyderabad. They are keen students of science, their interest in which encouraged them to come up with a solution to menstrual waste issues.