An average woman uses 240 Tampons/Pads per year, spends $120 per year and menstruates for 40 years on average. (Source). This is the cost is not only borne by the woman but also by the environment. Each tampon/pad is wrapped in an individual plastic bag that usually ends up in the trash and never gets recycled. There are some solutions that are beneficial to the environment (Example) . But, they are not always viable and are not adopted widely. The individual wrapping provides comfort and ease, particularly during the work day. We set out to redesign this packaging so that we reduce waste but not take away the comfort an individual packaging provides.
We first spoke to women in our family and friends to learn more about how many they use per cycle, what they do with the wrapping after use. We learned that most of the women throw the plastic wrapping off a new napkin along with a used pad/tampon in the trash bin. And that they also some times use a paper wrapping to cover the used napkin before throwing it out to get rid of it discreetly and also keep the smell at bay.
So, we put our thinking caps on and came up with : EcoSan. EcoSan is a delivery service to deliver tampons/napkins and an app that helps a customer keep track of her periods. Here is how it works.
- Customer will sign up on our site with details about the intensity of her periods, preference for tampons/napkins and what her day looks like.
- For her first delivery, she will receive a customizable wooden box made with reclaimed wood with a musical box inside it that plays a soft melody when opened
- Inside the box, she will find 25 napkins/tampons individually wrapped in repurposed paper and she will also receive two tiny cloth bags with napkins/tampons inside them. The cloth bags are made from repurposed textiles(eg old baby clothes)
- The cloth bags can be used to carry a couple of napkins/tampons while on the go and are re-usable.
- At the end of the cycle, we will ask her a couple of questions about how many napkins she has left or if she needed more. We will use this information to eventually customize a number of napkins sent to a customer.
- For her next deliveries, she will receive a refill bag of napkins that she can put in the wooden box from earlier