In an ongoing debate about the use of plastics one issue which has been relatively overlooked is the use of plastic napkins. For years , there are has been a significant amount of controversy regarding its health effects as well as it’s disposal. Made of polymer, and treated with chlorine plastic napkins have been found to cause a range of skin problems. In a solution to this, a PhD student of Anna University, Preethi Ramdass has come up with a natural napkin.
Made of tumeric, lemon, neem and vetiver (a grass) this napkin is 100% biodegradable and also totally hygienic. The antibacterial properties of this napkin are a added advantage. With a thickness of just 3 mm these are not only comfortable to wear but also have better absorbance capacity. Having cellulose as base material, these napkins have a lifetime of one month. This napkin has even been tested and has been found to be effective.
In her interview Preethi observes “I have always been a nature-loving person and when I thought about PhD I wanted to work on something that would be useful to women keeping the nature in mind. This was a result of that.” More power to this girl!