Merci Fohla! We are truly humbled by your well wishes.
I am an ardent believer in collaboration and always more than happy to engage. I visited your project site and see you are working with water hyacinth - a material we have also identified, as South Africa, too, struggles with invasive water hyacinth. I would love to discuss your process and findings in more detail, if you would be willing to, of course.
Hi Jessica Aguirre Thank you so much for your kind words. My co-founders and I often say that we started this initiative out of rage, as we could not believe that in the 21st Century where we are talking about sending people to Mars, a biological process that affects 50% of the global population, is an issue preventing so many girls from accessing education and decided we absolutely MUST do something.
The amount of initiatives that have undertaken to tackle this social issue shows just how much of a disservice sweeping women's health issues under the rug is actually causing to our societies.
I have been following both these projects closely, for as long as we have been on our journey. I truly hope to one day meet both of these teams so we may share, collaborate and grow together.
Fohla Thank you so much! We use a cotton over-layer and our core is made from agri-waste from banana farming - we pulverise and process the banana leaves to make a cottonwool-like substance. We're also exploring using hemp and sisal fibre - banana, hemp and sisal fibre are the natural fibres with the highest absorbency rates. Our anti-leakage layer is made from a locally produced bioplastic derived from biopolymers and agricultural biproducts. We are very proud, as this is a 100% South African innovation. You can read more about it here: https://www.csir.co.za/towards-zero-plastic-waste-landfill-%E2%80%93-csir-researchers-developing-100-biodegradable-plastic-bags-and