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The law does not require menstrual hygiene product manufacturers to disclose ingredients. At Sparkle, we hold ourselves to higher standards. Instead of using misleading words, we believe in openly sharing exactly what's in our pads.

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Ingredients


Banana fibre sanitary pads

Made with

Bamboo fibre (top sheet), banana fibre and other natural fibres (absorbent core), naturally absorbent bio-polymer (absorbent core), corn-starch (leak-proof back sheet, top sheet), non-toxic adhesive.

Made without

Plastics, polypropylene, polyethylene, sodium polyacrylate, synthetic fibers, artificial fragrance, deodorant, dyes, chlorine bleach, latex, parabens, formaldehyde, dioxins, chloroform, polyester, rayon.

Can we tell you a secret?

Conventional pads contain up to 90% plastic and remain unchanged in the landfill for around 600-800 years after disposal. All natural Sparkle pads can degrade in around 6 months after disposal. #SwitchToSparkle

Why banana fibre?

Banana plants grow rapidly in just 9-12 months. Once bananas are harvested, these plants become agro-waste. Farmers typically burn these discarded stems which pollutes the environment.

In India, around 800,000 hectares of banana plantations generate around 64 million tonnes of agro-waste.

Banana fibre is naturally a super absorbent material which is highly effective at locking away menstrual fluid.

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Why banana fibre?


- Banana plants grow rapidly in just 9-12 months. Once bananas are harvested, these plants become agro-waste. Farmers typically burn these discarded stems which pollutes the environment.

- In India, around 800,000 hectares of banana plantations generate around 64 million tonnes of agro-waste. Worldwide, there are over 9 million hectares of banana farms. No extra land is required to obtain natural banana fibre since it is extracted from abundantly available banana tree stems.

- Banana fibre is naturally super absorbent and highly effective at locking away menstrual fluid.

- Banana farmers earn extra income each harvest by selling banana stems or fibres which were previously discarded as agro-waste.

- Compared to cotton, banana fibres require six times less water and ten times less fertilizers.

Why Bamboo Fibre?

Bamboo fibre is an ideal choice for the top layer of a sanitary pad as it is naturally anti-bacterial, breathable, hypoallergenic, odor resistant and super soft.

Conventional pads use perforated polypropylene plastic sheet as a fluid transfer top layer which is harmful to the environment.

Other “premium” pads use cotton which is one of the world’s most heavily pesticide sprayed crop.

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Why Bamboo Fibre?


- Bamboo fibre is an ideal choice for the top layer of a sanitary pad as it is naturally anti-bacterial, breathable, hypoallergenic, odor resistant and super soft.

- Conventional pads use perforated polypropylene plastic sheet as a fluid transfer top layer which is harmful to the environment.

- Other "premium" pads use cotton which is one of the world's most heavily pesticide sprayed crop.

- Compared to cotton, bamboo is more absorbent and needs much less water to grow.

- Besides being a self-replenishing resource, bamboo does not require toxic pesticides or fungicides for growth.

Why Corn Starch?

Corn starch based bio-plastic serves as a leak-proof bottom layer that is a sustainable, biodegradable and compostable alternative to plastic.

Conventional pads use polyethylene plastic back sheet as a barrier film which remains unchanged in the landfill for hundreds of years after disposal.

Wearing plastic-based sanitary pads for long durations can result in uncomfortable period experience.

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Why Corn Starch?


- Corn starch based bio-plastic serves as a leak-proof bottom layer that is a sustainable, biodegradable and compostable alternative to plastic.

- Conventional pads use polyethylene plastic back sheet as a barrier film which remains unchanged in the landfill for hundreds of years after disposal.

- Wearing plastic-based sanitary pads for long durations can result in uncomfortable period experience.

- Plastic used as a barrier film in sanitary pads are made from non-renewable fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.

- Disposal of plastic pad waste cause land and water pollution. Incinerating these pads release toxic pollutants.

Why Choose Biodegradable Pads?

Conventional pads contain up to 90% plastic and remain unchanged in the landfill for around 600-800 years after disposal.

On average, women use around 10,000 sanitary napkins in their lifetime. Most pads contain around 3.5 grams of petrochemical plastic with every sanitary pad releasing around 21 grams of carbon dioxide in the process.

With only 1 in 6 women using pads in India, around 150,000 tons of pad waste is generated per year.

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Why Choose Biodegradable Pads?


- Conventional pads contain up to 90% plastic and remain unchanged in the landfill for around 600-800 years after disposal.

- On average, women use around 10,000 sanitary napkins in their lifetime. Most pads contain around 3.5 grams of petrochemical plastic with every sanitary pad releasing around 21 grams of carbon dioxide in the process.

- With only 1 in 6 women using pads in India, around 150,000 tons of pad waste is generated per year. If all of 355 million women start using pads, it would result in around 1,000,000 tons of pad waste annually.

- Sanitary napkins that get dumped in acres of landfills get picked up by birds and animals and pollute land and water.

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