Most of us know how a pregnancy test looks like. It’s usually made out of plastic, it’s not biodegradable, and many women fear of being “caught out” and have their privacy threatened. Thankfully, Lia Diagnostics created a solution for this: The world’s first biodegradable at-home pregnancy test that can be flushed down the toilet. The test, named Lia test (or Meet Lia), ensures your privacy, is eco-friendly and was developed by an all-women team of scientists.
The company assures that, unlike most “flushable” products, the Lia test won’t clog up your toilet, and it’s actually fully biodegradable. The team at Lia Diagnostics spends a lot of time educating its users about how to safely flush the test in order to protect their plumbing systems and our planet. Once put in wastewater, the test dissolves completely, but the company still recommends to tear the test into multiple pieces and let it dissolve for a couple of minutes before flushing it down the toilet if your plumbing system is “more sensitive”.
Of course, you can also compost the test, and its biodegradability has been verified by using ISO 16929 Municipal Composting Study standards. The test is 98.2 percent biodegradable in the soil in just three months, and although it currently comes in sustainably sourced card stock, the company works on biodegradable packaging as well.
Lia Diagnostics is run by an all-women team, and it managed to raise $2.6 million in funding for its biodegradable pregnancy test two years ago.
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Bethany Edwards, the company’s founder, shared after the test was approved by the FDA that the team carefully considered every aspect of the design, functionality, and user experience.
“Through our development process we needed to analyze materials for suitability for not only flushability and biodegradability, but also for running our pregnancy diagnostic. We had to develop a way for the test to hold up long enough to run the test without falling apart, but then fall apart quickly in the sewer system. We have created hundreds of prototypes, iterating continuously for performance, testing both in our lab and in the hands of women.” – she concluded.