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“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order,” said John Burroughs. In the last few centuries, instead of living with nature man has tried to conquer it, probably that’s the price we are paying today. Be it a deadly pandemic, devastating cyclones, destructing landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes, and whatnot. The “Earth is bleeding”. It’s time to put the brakes and find ways to live with nature.
In India, with social media coverage, NGOs working towards helping people with menstrual hygiene, and Bollywood celebrities talking about menstruation there is a lot of awareness generated about menstrual hygiene and its products. With this, there is also an increase in the consumption of plastic sanitary pads by almost 8 times.
If we go by facts then between the average woman’s first cycle and menopause you can expect some 450 periods. During those 450 periods, the average woman uses between 12000- 15000 pads, tampons, and panty liners as per the Rochester institute of technology report. One sanitary pad has the plastic equivalent to five plastic bags, so one woman is using menstrual hygiene products equivalent to 60,000 – 75,000 plastic bags. Also, one sanitary pad takes up to 500-800 years to decompose. And remember these statistics are excluding the plastic wrapper of the sanitary pads and the tampons and the plastic applicator of tampons.
Taking these statistics into consideration and considering that there are 355 million menstruators in India, out of which two-thirds are using tampons and pads, women are disposing of almost 12 billion sanitary pads per year.
If we bury them they will not degrade and will add to the plastic burden of the earth in the landfills and oceans and if we burn them they release toxic carcinogenic chemicals like furans and dioxins. In this race of achieving better and better, we have unknowingly done significant damage to the earth. It’s time we start working towards a world where everyone has access to sustainable menstrual hygiene products or I would say “Green menstruation”.
Green menstruation is the term used where women use biodegradable menstrual hygiene products, green because they are environment friendly. The products include menstrual cups, organic cotton-based pads, reusable cloth pads, and period panties. These options are not only environment friendly but also pocket friendly and good for women’s vaginal and reproductive health.
Pocket friendly because instead of 10 sanitary napkins per period they have to buy 1 menstrual cup or 5 reusable cotton or cloth pads for almost 12 periods.
Vaginal and reproductive health-friendly because their usage decreases the incidence of rashes, vaginal infections and drastically decreases the incidence of new-age problems like endometriosis, adenomyosis, cervical cancer. These problems arise due to harmful chemicals in plastic pads i.e. dioxins and furans. And obviously, environmentally friendly because these sustainable products produce only 0.6 per cent of the waste as compared to single-use plastic pads.
We need to rethink period education. Thanks to Bollywood and celebrities talking about menstruation there is a perfect storm of cultural change. Women are ready to talk about periods along with a massive environment protection drive.
I think this is the perfect time when along with period education we can make women aware of sustainable menstrual hygiene products and the impact on the environment. The Indian government is taking a lot of efforts to provide menstrual products free of cost to all the menstruators who cannot afford them, in schools and colleges. Instead of providing sanitary pads, it would be ideal to give and educate a menstrual cup to a girl, it will not only have a positive environmental impact but will also help in the economic growth of the country. All changes start at home, and to help the government, even if we start giving one menstrual cup to our house help and educate her it will fill a huge gap.
Things are changing, with an increase in education of women they are making informed choices.
The damage from our throwaways is accumulating somewhere. We can all make a difference. Every step towards sustainability counts. (IANS/AD)
South Korea remained the No. 2 supplier of popular content to Netflix in the fourth quarter of last year, US online media have reported. According to What's On Netflix, a private online site that provides information on Netflix content, on Wednesday (US time), South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021.
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Korean content thus ranked No. 2 for the second consecutive quarter after the United States, which accounted for 59 per cent, reports Yonhap News Agency. The figures are based on data by the streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol, it added. It marked a sharp increase from its share of 5.4 per cent for the third quarter, thanks to the breakout hit 'Squid Game', released on September 17, and other hit series.
South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021. | Unsplash
"The fourth quarter of 2021 is likely to be an outlier with the arrival of 'Squid Game', but Korean content has been on a slow march up the charts regardless of 'Squid Game'," the report said. 'Squid Game' became the most successful Netflix show in history, with its total viewership reaching a record 1.65 billion hours in the first four weeks of its release.
Two subsequent series, the fantasy horror 'Hellbound' and the sci-fi thriller 'The Silent Sea', also topped Netflix's official weekly viewership chart for non-English TV shows. (IANS/ MBI)
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There has been a significant growth in adoption as well as deepening of digital payments across the country, showed the Reserve Bank of India - Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) on Wednesday. Accordingly, the index reading for September 2021 rose to 304.06 (index value) from 270.59 in March 2021. "The RBI-DPI Index continues to demonstrate significant growth in adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country," the RBI said in a statement.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. This improved to 207.84 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020 and further increased to 270.59 in March 2021. Earlier, the RBI had announced construction of the composite index with March 2018 as a base to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. | Wikimedia Commons
The RBI-DPI comprises of five broad parameters that enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country over different time periods.Notably, these parameters are 'payment enablers', 'payment infrastructure -- demand side factors', 'payment infrastructure -- suppy side factors', 'payment performance' and 'consumer centricity'.Each of these parameters have sub-parameters which, in turn, consist of various measurable indicators. (IANS/ MBI)
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After an embarrassingly slow start to the crypto new year, the tides of the crypto machine are starting to change and with it, the investors of Avalanche and HUH Token have received some rather spectacular rewards.
The cryptocurrency market this week saw value increases of over 20% and that’s enough to signal to any crypto investor that things are going better in the crypto sphere than last weeks value increase percentages, which, for the most part, were on a downtrend.
But with the spirits of the cryptocurrency community well and truly perked up, it’s no wonder that hungry crypto investors like yourself are looking for the next bonus round of value increases.
What’s So Special About Avalanche?
You might be wondering how two altcoins, like Avalanche and HUH Token, have popped up on your deep search of the crypto sphere and it’s for good reason … these two cryptocurrencies saw an exponential increase in value this week and with it, have driven the crypto community crazy with investment potential.
It seems like the crypto bug has been biting and the crypto sphere is regaining its pre-New Year vigour.
Avalanche the low-cost, eco-friendly programmable smart contracts platform saw an astonishing 3,042% from that point and investors are rejoicing at their before-the-curve investment in an altcoin.
Though if the numbers and investment trends of 2021 are anything to go off, altcoins like Avalanche and HUH Token are becoming the prefered crypto choice for whale investors.
HUH Token are making steps in this direction with their play-to-earn game launching in February.Dailyhodi
Not many currencies saw such a drastic increase of value like Avalanche, and aside from its forward-thinking, inclusive crypto technology, this is one of the abilities that make Avalanche special.
Its continuing growth potential.
Never Heard Of HUH Token, HUH?
Now, this might not be true for the seasoned crypto lover reading this article, however for those of you who are new to the crypto sphere, HUH Token is the altcoin trailblazer that launched a little over a month ago.
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HUH Token saw an incredible increase and is set to see more value rises over the next month with its 500 wide influencer launch, play-to-earn launch and dropping their presale holders NFTs on the 31st of January.
It’s events like these that often cause value spikes in altcoins and for that reason, HUH holders are more than thrilled with Utimeme.
HUH Token is the blend of blockchain technology and holder-centric values that most investors crave because it allows them to have greater input over what happens to their well-earned money.
Like Avalanche, HUH Token is a currency that wants to bring a new kind of crypto investor to the market, and that’s one from any kind of financial background… HUH Token are making steps in this direction with their play-to-earn game launching in February.
These are some of the reasons that a bonus round for those who missed out on the crypto windfall of January 1st investors, could be around the corner.
Remember, it’s always best to do your research into crypto before investing and you can begin your search by visiting the links below or going to Avalanche and HUH Token websites.
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