Biodegradable maxi pad from corn, cotton and algae created by Scientists

Amber Barron who is a Materials science and engineering student and materials science and engineering assistant professor Jeff Bates both in University of Utah College of Engineering have come up with a completely biodegradable maxi pad Which incorporates algae.

The biodegradable maxi pad was created when a nonprofit advocacy group for women and girls in Guatemala SHEVA contacted professor Bates. The group was seeking eco-friendly feminine hygiene products, since much of the country lacks a public sanitation system.

After the contact with the professor, he turned to a team of Engineering students and they created a completely biodegradable maxi pad Which incorporates algae known as the SHERO pad, it consisted of four layers

The four layers include  layer of raw cotton (similar to what tea bags are made of), a layer of organic cotton that draws liquid in from that outer layer, a super-absorbent layer of agarose gel (which is a polymer derived from brown algae), and a layer made of corn-based material that prevents leakage by keeping moisture trapped inside.

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Although other "green" pads do already exist, some of them incorporate hydrogels that aren't entirely biodegradable, or they utilize thick layers of natural cotton which make them uncomfortable to wear. By contrast, the SHERO Pad completely biodegrades within 45 days to six months of being discarded, it's reportedly comfortable, and it's said to be highly effective.

As a plus to the non profit advocacy group for women and girls, SHEVA, it can also be manufactured in small villages using locally-sourced materials and simple tools. That said, plans additionally call for it to be mass-produced by a Utah-based startup, for use by American consumers. It should be available in stores within one year.

Info sourced from UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

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