• Chief officer hails efforts to save nature, calls for reusable diapers next
The use of reusable sanitary pads is a boost for environmental conservation, Vihiga chief officer Richard Boiyo has said.
Boiyo, who talked to the Star, said environmental conservation is a major point of focus when dealing with global warming and climate change.
Non-reusable sanitary pads take ages to decompose, posing a danger to the environment, he said.
According to research, they take 300-500 years to decompose, Boiyo said.
"Now if they take that long to decompose, how will our environment look like in the next 100 years?" he asked.
"The idea of coming up with reusable pads is a plus to save our nature. What we want now is to come up with reusable diapers as well."
He said apart from the pads conserving the environment, they also save on costs.
Boiyo said parents don't have to carry the burden of shopping for new pads every now and then as the used ones can be recycled after washing.
He said the environment has already been choked by smoke from factories, heavy machines and even from quarries and construction sites, hence the need to ensure friendly products are in the market.
This, he said, will enable the lands many rely on for food to be free from pollution.
He called on industries to focus on manufacturing or making their end-products, especially plastics and paper bags, reusable to conserve the environment.