Designed for refugees, Looop Can is a conceptual cleaning kit to wash reusable menstruation pads. There are more than 26 million people who fled their countries due to war, conflict, or violence. They have suffered from traumatic events and often they are vulnerable to increased symptoms when they have to deal with stressful condition. More than 60% of female refugees suffer from poverty where they rather spend their money on food and sacrifice pads or baby diapers. Moreover, many of them come from religious countries who don’t use tampons because they see it as taboo, they prefer to use pads. These problems inspired London based product designer to come up with a product that would protect fundamental human rights of refugees to water, sanitation, and health.
Looop Can Concept by Kara Wong offers a usable cleaning kit for menstruation pads that uses buoyancy to reduce the amount of water required for washing. Instead of creating a completely new product, Looop Can uses recycled steel cans therefore, it is replaceable. The pad’s design uses bamboo terry as the contact layer, bamboo fleece as the absorption layer, and PIL as the leak proof layer. These materials are anti-bacterial, anti-odour, and eco-friendly.
How it works? Add the used pad in, then add baking soda stored inside the container and add some water until the level where the packaging indicates. User needs to wait for about 30 minutes until that period blood disintegrates and use the container to scrub that bloodstain. Rinse and scrub for about three times, Looop Can is able to clean one pad with just 500ml of water. It’s a concept design that aims to fight for better gender equality in water and sanitation access and restore human dignity especially in water scarcity regions.