Ashudhdhinashak, An Environment-friendly Way Of Disposing Sanitary Napkins
Shyamsunder Bedekar, an innovator from Vadodara, Gujarat, who decided to solve the disposal issue of soiled or used sanitary napkins, came up with his brilliant innovation – the “Ashudhdhinashak”, an environment-friendly way of discarding sanitary napkins.
53-year-old Shyam has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a B.Sc. Tech degree in Textile Chemistry. He began working as a quality control head, first with textile mills and later with dyestuff manufacturing units.
Shyam realized that there was a need to develop a low-cost incinerator for disposal of sanitary napkins, especially for rural areas where there is no system of garbage collection like in cities.
Understanding that the technical aspects had to be given the maximum weightage, Shyam focused on the combustion action of the incinerator. He also worked on the accumulation chamber that would hold 5 to 20 soiled sanitary napkins. The protection aspects, like reducing attacks by rodents and ants, were also looked into. After toying with multiple ideas, Shyam decided to design the incinerator with terracotta and concrete.
Shyam created a sub compartment in the accumulation chamber. This accumulation chamber rests on a mesh. The mesh is big enough to allow the ash to fall down, but small enough to restrict rodents from entering. The sub compartment primarily aids the ignition process. The hole allows oxygen to enter the chamber, thereby sustaining the burning process.
Step 1: A woman opens the top lid and throws soiled sanitary napkins into the accumulation chamber. She does not have to touch or look inside the chamber.
Step 2: She uses either dry grass or paper to ignite.
Step 3: The soiled sanitary napkins burn out. Ash falls at the bottom.
Step 4: There is a need to clear the ash. This ash can be used as a fertilizer since the burnt material is wood pulp.
The base of the incinerator is filled with water to provide stability and to keep the ants and rodents at bay. Shyam has also put a lot of thought into the aesthetics of the incinerator, taking special care to make it appear very basic and uninteresting, in an attempt to ensure that it does not attract attention.
The best part is that the incinerator requires no electricity or fuel to keep it operational. Easy to make, easy to assemble and easy to install, Ashudhdhinashak is the innovation that may redefine lives in rural areas.
At the cost of Rs. 2,000 per incinerator, Shyam has been able to install more than 2,000 such machines at universities, hostels, schools that come under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), and in villages near water points.
Apart from Ashudhdhinashak, Shyam has many more innovations to his credit, including a roti/papad maker, a pesticide pump, etc. Between 7th and 13th March 2015, Shyam was invited by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) to present Ashudhdhinashak incinerator in front of our President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
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