Member - Saathi Eco Innovations

Saathi is a social enterprise and manufacturing company that makes eco-friendly hygiene products.

Type Company
Founder 2016
Company Size 10
Member Type
Innovator
Founders Kristin Kagetsu, Tarun Bothra, Amrita Saigal, Grace Kane
Headquarters Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006, India
Social network
Saathi Eco Innovations

About

Saathi began in 2015, when its four co-founders, Kristin Kagetsu, Tarun Bothra, Amrita Saigal, and Grace Kane - graduates of MIT, Harvard and Nirma University - came together on a mission to create fully eco-friendly, compostable sanitary napkins using locally sourced banana fiber from the state of Gujarat, where Saathi is based.
We were inspired by the idea of improving women's access to sanitary pads in India.
Both Amrita and Tarun each have personal experience with a family member who was affected by having to face the taboos around menstrual hygiene in India.
Kristin was passionate about making a product that impacts women and had previously commercialized and launched sustainable natural-dye crayons made by local artisans in Uttarakhand, India. She was looking for an opportunity to explore sourcing natural eco-friendly materials for the sanitary pads to make a product that not only positively impacted women but also was good for the environment.
Grace was also passionate about sustainable product design. We were all motivated by the potential to make a positive difference for women in India while using an engineering approach focused on ecology and sustainability.
Together we combined our experiences to conceive and develop a biodegradable and compostable sanitary pad with a cradle to cradle (completely sustainable) business model. Our team has business, technical, and local expertise to develop new products and set up manufacturing. We aim to apply this to other absorbent products.
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Headquarters Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006, India

SDG’s of application

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity everywhere.
SDG 6
Clean Water and
Sanitation
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SDG 7
Affordable and
Clean Energy
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SDG 9
Industry, Innovation
and Infrastructure
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SDG 11
Sustainable Cities
and Communities
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SDG 12
Responsible Consumption
and production
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Efficient Solutions

Labelled Solutions from Saathi Eco Innovations

The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label seeks to bridge the gap between ecology and economy, bringing together protection of the environment and financial viability to show that these solutions are not expensive fixes to problems, but rather opportunities for clean economic growth.