2022 | Brazil | Student: Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul (IFRS) - Campus Osório

Laura Nedel Drebes


I\’m a 4th grade student of the Technical Course in Integrated Administration to High School at IFRS – Osório campus. In 2019 I started to develop research projects and discovered my love for the transformative power of Science. Since then, I re-signified the way in which I understand things. In 2021 I received the Scientific Entrepreneurship Incentive Award and the Young Scientific Talent Award from Rio Grande do Sul.

Tell us what the water concern in your country is!

Basic sanitation is a human right. However, many women face Menstrual Poverty. In addition, synthetic absorbents have a strong impact on the environment. For each absorbent, 120 litres of water are spent only on the cotton production. There’s still the issue of disposal.

This is what I think is one of the solutions for a sustainable future:

When I’d contact with the world of reutilisation for the development of new products, I came across the importance that the circular economy has in our lives. Making raw materials have a cyclical life without having to discard exorbitant quantities is of paramount importance so that we can preserve nature.

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