10 million Swedish crowns for reusable sanitary pad

Spacerpad has been developed to meet the need for a cheap, hygienic, and reusable sanitary pad.  Today, somewhere between a half billion to a billion women lack the opportunity to manage their menstruation in a hygienic and safe way. A lack of money, good laundry facilities, and taboos regarding menstruation leave many women around the world excluded from society when they menstruate. Another problem is the large amount of waste that disposable sanitary pads and tampons create. A woman uses an average of 11,000 sanitary products over the course of her life, which usually consist of non-renewable absorbers.

Spacerpad has been tested by women in Kenya with good results and contacts have been made with several companies that will now participate in the new collaborative phase of the project.  

"Over the next few years, we will work with collaboration, product development, and testing on a larger scale," says Karin Högberg, Project Leader and Senior Lecturer at the University of Borås.

Project members
From the University of Borås, Karin Högberg, Project Leader and Senior Lecturer, Lena Berglin, Senior Lecturer, Nils Lindh, Business Developer and Max Anderhell, Research Assistant. The project also includes Linköping University, RISE and a number of companies.

How did you react when the announcement came?
"We have hoped and believed we would receive a positive response, so I thought I would mostly feel relieved, but I was actually really happy. When I saw the email and the amount, the 9.9 million that we had applied for, I just went "yes!"

Support från GIO

In the process of writing the application to Vinnova, the researchers have received much help from the Legal Counsel and Finance Officer at the university's Grants and Innovation Office (GIO), according to Karin Högberg. 

"The support of Zuleyma Montenegro De Rynge and Marie Wilhelmsson at GIO has been invaluable.  Their skills in law and accounting and their quick help and positive attitude have meant a lot.” 

Text: Lina Färm
Photo: Benjamin Lepies
Translation: Eva Medin