Making the best out of the worst gets attention all over the world. Its just the same thing happened when three Class 10 students of AKM Higher Secondary School, Kottur near Kotakkal in Malappuram district of Kerala, India conducted a detailed study to develop sanitary napkins from world’s worst aquatic weed.

E Aswathy, PV Henna Sumi and S Sreejesh Warrier, under the guidance of their biology teacher Mr.KS Sarath, carried out the studies and prepared a detailed project. They conducted a detailed study on the scope of producing sanitary napkins from this weed and successfully implemented the project. The project was made as a part of their participation in Bala Sasthra Congress held at Kozhikode on November 16th and 17th this year, where their project gets massive support and acceptance.


Cotton and dried strands of Hyacinth are used to make the napkins. As the product is completely made out of naturally obtained raw materials, the napkins after use can be turned as compost. The development and production of such napkins help in the regulation of the water weed as well as avoid the use and adverse effects of the conventionally used plastic napkins.


The napkins made by these little champs won various appreciations apart from the first position in the categories of research type project and teachers project in Malappuram sub-district school science fair (Sasthrolsavam). These little geniuses are all set to participate in the Kerala Science Congress in February 2019 at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam which has a theme for this year as “Our Environment – Our Future: Science and Technology for Rebuilding Kerala”. The team has submitted the project report to health minister KK Shailaja and agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar.