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In Sri Lanka, the home place of Bear Earth’s founder Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan, one pack of sanitary products costs around 200 rupees, which is the equivalent of a day’s wage.
Zinthiya said: “In the majority of countries throughout the world, women and girls continue to use traditional methods such as rags. Realistically, we know that we won’t be able to change this overnight in every corner of the world, but what we can do is help to educate women on how to be hygienic and use these traditional methods safely and dispose them in an environmentally friendly way thereby supporting these communities."
With funds raised through Bear Earth subscriptions and other services, the CIC plans to reach out to communities around the world to provide educational tools on hygiene in places where sanitary products are inaccessible such as refugee camps, rural areas where aid does not reach and forgotten women such as those in the plantations, prison and slums where life is a struggle.
However, the problem also occurs closer to home. Those working on the Bear Earth community project say many girls in the UK miss school for a week every month due to embarrassment or lack of knowledge. They’ve also found that working women can often be very busy and simply forget to buy stock of their preferred sanitary products.