What We Do
With Sparkle, we aim to revolutionize periods by providing natural, affordable and effective period products that are gentle to your skin and kind to the planet. Let’s keep plastics and chemicals as far away from your body as possible.
We want to send a loud and clear message that your period is a natural process, as normal as eating or sleeping. And talking about menstruation should never be considered a taboo. Your “that time of the month” is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, period is an essential part of all human life as it marks the beginning of womanhood.
We firmly believe that no girl or woman should miss an opportunity to reach her full potential at school or work because of lack of access to sanitary pads. With our “Buy One, Give One” initiative, every time you purchase a Sparkle pad, we donate a pad to a girl in need.
Add a little Sparkle to your periods.
Conventional pads contain plastics, synthetic fibres, artificial fragrances, deodorants, dyes and many other harsh chemicals that may be harmful to your health. Made with banana fibre, bamboo fibre and corn starch, Sparkle pads do not contain harmful chemicals that may cause rashes, irritation, infections or UTIs.
Lack of access to pads is a leading reason for higher school dropout rates of adolescent girls than boys once they reach puberty. In order to ensure that underprivileged girls get equal opportunity to reach their full potential at school, every time you purchase a Sparkle pad, we donate a pad to a girl in need.
Instead of importing low-cost pads from China or other countries and simply repackaging, rebranding or marketing them as “premium” pads with very high margins, we believe in supporting circular economy. Sparkle pads are made in India using locally sourced banana fibre. Besides reducing agro-waste, Sparkle pads also provide extra income to banana farmers and help local economy.
Conventional pads contain up to 90% plastic and remain unchanged in the landfill for around 600-800 years after disposal. We have carefully chosen sustainable plant based ingredients that are gentle to your skin and kind to the planet. All natural Sparkle pads can degrade in around 6 months after disposal.
While growing up in a small city of Surat, Gujarat, India, I personally experienced many instances where periods were stigmatized.
Even a simple task of buying sanitary napkins from a store consists of awkwardly whispering the name of a sanitary napkin brand and then quickly putting in a bag to hide it from the world. In fact, one of my closest friends is not even allowed to enter her kitchen during her periods. Why?
How can we expect young girls and women to freely discuss their problems about menstrual hygiene management when they hesitantly lower their voices when even mentioning the word ‘Periods’ or ‘Pads’?
As a regular user of sanitary pads for over 15 years, I experienced skin issues while using uncomfortable pads from commercial brands. I did some research and realized that harsh chemicals and plastic present in the pads might be the main reasons for skin irritation and allergies.
When I searched for healthy alternatives in the market, I came across a few eco-friendly sanitary napkin brands. Compared to plastic pads, they felt more comfortable and skin friendly. However, they were just way too expensive to become a feasible alternative.
In the meantime, I met Chirag who was trying to find sustainable ways of disposing agro-waste generated from his banana plantation.
And the journey of Sparkle began.
Honestly speaking, my knowledge about periods and pads was very limited before I started working with different NGOs. I was aware of the biological process which was taught during science classes in school. But, other than that, I had no idea about any physiological or socio-economic issues women faced during their periods.
After completing my grad program at UC – Berkeley, I took a gap year to pause, unplug and rediscover myself. I wanted to put my engineering and business skills to a good use while volunteering at different NGOs in Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, South Africa, India and Costa Rica.
As I participated in different outreach programs which included medical camps, HIV counselling, teaching and feeding programs, I witnessed the problems millions of girls and women faced during their periods. Girls missed school and women missed work simply because they could not afford sanitary napkins. In fact, they used unhygienic rags, papers or ash to manage their periods.
After meeting Hetal, I realized that commercial sanitary napkins available in the market contained roughly 90% plastic and harsh chemicals that may be harmful for personal health and the environment.
With Sparkle, we aim to fight social stigma surrounding periods and help young girls and women reach their full potential by providing them natural, affordable and effective period products.
Transforming banana stem agro-waste into sustainable Sparkle sanitary pads has been quite a journey.