By Thandeka Matebesi
A BULAWAYO-based company manufacturing reusable hygiene wear products for women and children has said there is need for a mindset shift in the use of reusable sanitary wear.
Bulawayo Babies Eco Care Pvt Ltd, which manufactures and retails reusable hygiene wear products targeting babies and women, said there was need for many people to adopt reusable sanitary pads and diapers.
Founder of Bualwayo Babies Eco Care, Tapiwa Ncube, said reusable sanitary wear offers an affordable alternative to both women and children.
“The challenge we face in this industry definitely has to be shifting the mindset of users of disposable nappies and pads on the benefits of going cloth, considering their convenience which I must add comes at a devastating cost,” she said.
“Our products are an affordable alternative to managing your health care needs. A typical child will go through 6,000 disposable diapers from the time that they are born until potty training, translating to about US$2,500 spent on diapering needs alone.
“An investment of US$300 in cloth nappies and accessories gives you an adequate supply until potty training. You only need about 20 to 25 modern cloth nappies per child and the same nappies can be used on the next child.
“The same with reusable menstrual pads, a pack costs US$6 and you can use those for at least three years in comparison to an average of US$2 spent per month on disposable ones,” Ncube said.
She added: “Women and girls are able to access affordable sanitary wear products that are readily available and safe on both the user and the environment”.
Ncube also said her journey into motherhood had led to the realisation of the high costs associated with purchasing and disposal of sanitary wear.
“I started the company in 2016. My journey into motherhood made me appreciate the high costs associated with diapering needs. Disposable nappies proved to be expensive and difficult to properly dispose of hence the beginning of my cloth journey through the use of modern cloth nappies,” she said.