Government Welcomes the First Reusable Sanitary Towel Standard

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The South African government has welcomed the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) announcement on the standard for reusable pads in SA.

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) says that this standard will allow for safer and more affordable options when choosing how to manage menstruation. They say that consumers can now be more confident in using washable, reusable sanitary pads.

Concern from the department was raised about the increase in demand for sanitary products to people in need as sanitary programmes were halted due to the lockdown regulations. The department said that the need to address menstrual health has become more important during this time.

The DWYPD hopes that the passing of this standard helps to address the diverse needs of South Africans highlighted by the Sanitary Dignity Implementation Framework.