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“Looop is a good example of the level of quality and passion, our nominees are contributing to a more sustainable future.” Nils Bader, Director Green Product Award
(1) the right to water and sanitation,
(2) the right to health, and
(3) the right to non-discrimination including no barriers to receiving education. Hence, Looop Can is an affordable cleaning kit for washing reusable menstruation pads for reducing period poverty in water-scarcity regions. Knowing almost 60% of female refugees suffer period poverty problems as they rather spend financial support on food or baby diapers.
Most of them come from strictly religious countries that see inserting tampons as taboo. This inspires her to design a product that can protect fundamental human rights to water, sanitation, and health for menstruators from 12 to 24 years old, who suffer language and culture barriers and have limited financial ability. At first, Cheuk Laam studied elements like a yoyo, pseudosphere, perpetual motion, gyroscope, and centripetal acceleration. Then she found out that buoyant force will reduce water usage depending on the size of an object immersed in liquid. This inspiration actually comes from observing how her British flatmates soaked their tea-stained cups. Seeing them overlay a cup on another cup for soaking the inner wall with less water. Washing paddle alteration and tin can adaption are suggestions from her beloved tutor KC and Mike.
About the pad design, through researching the material used in reusable pads that are less likely to cause skin allergies. Cheuk Laam designed the pad to have separable layers so that they dry quicker regardless of the weather. The quick-drying bamboo fabric became an ideal option as it takes half a day to dry indoors and keeps the temperature for wintertime and cooling for summertime. A rectangular-shaped design reduces fabric off the cut waste and is less like menstrual-related products from a distance that reducing gender stigma in refugee camps. The Pad can be made by volunteers and distributed to refugees. Or it can be an opportunity to bring financial security to refugee women by paying livable wages for pad manufacturing.