What we do

With Sparkle, we aim to revolutionize periods by providing natural and effective period products that are gentle to your skin and kind to the planet. Let’s keep plastics and chemicals as far away from your vagina as possible.

We want to send a loud and clear message that your period is a natural process, as normal as eating or sleeping.

And talking about menstruation should never be considered a taboo. Your “that time of the month” is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, period is an essential part of all human life as it marks the beginning of womanhood.

We firmly believe that no girl or woman should miss an opportunity to reach her full potential at school or work because of lack access to sanitary pads. With our “Buy One, Give One” initiative, every time you purchase a Sparkle pad, we donate a pad to a girl in need.

Never lose your sparkle!

What we do

With Sparkle, we aim to positively impact women, agriculture, local economy and the environment

Menstrual Health

We have developed all-natural sanitary pads made with banana fibre, bamboo fibre and corn starch.

Sparkle pads do not contain plastic or harmful chemicals that may cause discomfort, rashes, irritation, infections or UTIs

Gender Equality

Lack of access to pads is one of the biggest reasons girls drop out of schools after reaching puberty.

We aim to give them equal opportunity to reach their full potential by donating sanitary pads through our “Buy One, Give One” Initiative

Circular Economy

Commercial period brands import, repackage and sell plastic pads made from petrochemical by-products

Sparkle pads are made in India using locally sourced banana fibre. Farmers earn extra income each harvest from agro-waste which was previously discarded

The Environment

Conventional pads contain up to 90% plastic and remain unchanged in the landfill for 600-800 years after disposal

Made with all natural ingredients, Sparkle pads biodegrade completely within just six months of disposal

Our Story

Hetal’s Story

While growing up in a small city of Surat, Gujarat, India, I personally experienced many instances where periods were stigmatized.

Even a simple task of buying sanitary napkins from a store consists of awkwardly whispering the name of a sanitary napkin brand and then quickly putting in a bag to hide it from the world. In fact, one of my closest friends is not even allowed to enter her kitchen during her periods. Why?

How can we expect young girls and women to freely discuss their problems about menstrual hygiene management when they hesitantly lower their voices when even mentioning the word ‘Periods’ or ‘Pads’?

As a regular user of sanitary pads for over 15 years, I experienced skin issues while using uncomfortable pads from commercial brands. I did some research and found out that harsh chemicals and plastic present in the pads are the main reasons for skin irritation and allergies.

When I searched for healthy alternatives in the market, I came across a few eco-friendly sanitary napkin brands. Compared to plastic pads, they felt more comfortable and skin friendly. However, they were just way too expensive to become a feasible alternative.

In the meantime, I met Chirag who was trying to find sustainable ways of disposing agro-waste generated from his banana plantation.

And the journey of Sparkle began.

Chirag’s Story

Honestly speaking, my knowledge about periods and pads was limited before starting my journey of travelling across the globe. I was aware of the biological process which was taught during science classes in school. But, other than that, I had no idea about any health or socio-economic issues women faced during their periods.

After completing my grad program at UC – Berkeley, I took a gap year to pause, unplug and rediscover myself. I wanted to put my engineering and business skills to a good use while traveling, teaching, staying at orphanages and working with different NGOs in Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, South Africa, India and Costa Rica.

While working with NGOs, I personally witnessed the problems millions of girls and women faced during their periods. Girls missed school and women missed work simply because they could not afford sanitary napkins. In fact, they used unhygienic old rags, plastic or ash to manage their menstrual cycles.

After meeting my wife, Hetal, I realized that commercial sanitary napkins available in the market contained roughly 90% plastic and harsh chemicals that are harmful for personal health and the environment.

With Sparkle, we aim to fight the social stigma surrounding periods and help young girls and women reach their full potential by providing them natural and effective sanitary napkins.

Developing all-natural sanitary pads made from locally sourced natural banana fibre has been quite a journey.