Biodegradable menstrual pads could be an answer to single-use plastic ban.
Every year, millions of plastic-lined feminine hygiene products wind up in Canadian landfills, destined to decompose over hundreds of years.
But a small startup led by University of Alberta students wants to change that with a hemp-based menstrual pad that biodegrades in just six months.
Nicole Sanchez is a fourth-year business student and project manager for Hempact, which won a $10,000 campus competition this spring and has been honing its pitch at competitions and venture capitalist panels ever since. And with the federal government hoping to eliminate select single-use plastics by 2021, Hempact could be ready for market a year before the plan goes into effect.
“I think our timing is really, really good,” said Sanchez. “It’s definitely good that government is aware of plastic waste.”Fast-growing
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