The Award-Winning Banana Tree Sanitary Pad

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Elizabeth Scharpf won the Curry Stone Design Prize for creating sanitary pads made from banana trees, which are 65% cheaper than Procter & Gamble's pads. Scharpf's organization Sustainable Health Enterprises is helping African women start their own banana pad businesses.

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Heard this woman on NPR this morning and the whole story was great. She learned that women were averaging 33 days out of work/year because, in large part, of the unavailability or expense of sanitary supplies and the related embarrassment. She saw a market need and a way to increase education and productivity. A really great project. Hope her company does keep the prices low for women and are able to scale to provide options across Africa.