BeGirl Flexi Pads
BeGirl Flexipads are reusable, washable, waterproof and flexible sanitary pads. BeGirl Flexipads feature a reusable, washable and fast-drying waterproof pad-holder/pouch that can be attached to underwear like a traditional sanitary pad, and can be filled with any available safe disposable or reusable absorbent material – e.g. toilet paper or re-purposed cloth. This design gives women and girls the option to adapt it according to their access to water and available resources in their own environment.
Traditional methods (ex. reusable cloth), commercial menstrual pads (ex. Always brand).
Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.
Promotion of menstrual hygiene.
Women, girls, housewives, working women, students.
Made in Colombia by head of household women.
Patent number 12/880300 Reusable Holder for Absorbent Material
Unknown. Still in pre-ordering stage.
BeGirl Flexipads have features such as soft cotton trim along the borders to protect skin from irritation, leak proof nylon inner layer and stain free material. Instructions are printed on the pads to always ensure correct use.
Effective use requires that users do the following: – – Change the absorbent filler every 4 hours to prevent skin irritation and overflow – – Wash the product every day with water and soap and dry in ventilated area
Online instructions are available on how to use the pad.
The product works with both disposable and reusable materials, such as cloth, cotton, wool or toilet paper.
Changing the filler and washing the product is required. One FlexiPad provides a full year of protection.
– 100% Leakproof nylon inner layer
– High-performance fabrics require little water to wash and take less than 60 minutes to dry indoors
Absorbent material needs replacing every few hours. Experts have indicated that the availability of clean absorbent material such as toilet paper or clean cloths is essential. If women use contaminated (reused) absorbent materials, the potential health benefit is diminished.
BeGirl also has a panty pad version.
User acceptance testing
BeGirl Flexipads have been recognized with the following awards:
– A’Design Award Silver Social Design Award (2015)
– Halcyon Incubator, First Cohort of fellow (2014)
– CORE 77 Design Awards, Design for Social impact (2012)
– BID 12 III Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño, Design for Sustainability
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