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Plastic in Sanitary Pads Causes Negative Environmental Impact and Can Lead to Potential Health Risks for Women

Natracare created the world’s first certified organic cotton tampons and totally chlorine-free sanitary pads — for the environment and for you.

Many people do not know that conventional sanitary pads contain a staggering amount of plastic — 90%. Each year, over 45 billion feminine hygiene products enter the waste stream. They are either incinerated, which releases harmful gasses and toxic waste, or sent to the landfill where they take hundreds of years to break down. On a planet, with a growing population, we must consider how the products we purchase impact the environment — the land, our water supply, and the ocean — for generations to come.


Natracare Founder, Susie Hewson says,

“Back in 1989, I saw a documentary about the growing danger to human health and the environment of Dioxin pollution from pulping industries with the chlorine bleaching of paper products. What made me especially angry was the unconcerned response of the international feminine hygiene brands. I was so appalled that my immediate response was to research and develop an alternative that respected women’s bodies and our planet. Natracare was the world’s first alternative to conventionally produced feminine hygiene, including the world’s first certified organic cotton tampons and totally chlorinefree sanitary pads and panty liners.”natracare-organic-products

Natracare Products are Biodegradable – and Can Even Be Composted!

Instead of plastic, Natracare uses renewable, biodegradable and compostable materials like organic cotton, bioplastics (made from plant starches) and wood pulp, and the products are just as effective as the conventional brands. Beyond creating this important alternative for women, they source all the materials ethically, in a way that meets the highest organic, environmental and biodegradable standards, and from partners that are environmentally conscious and share the mission to reduce and eliminate unnecessary waste.

Choosing Plastic-Free Reduces Plastic Production and Plastic Waste

When you purchase plastic-free sanitary products, you effect the environment in two positive and important ways. First, you reduce demand for plastic and reduce plastic production, which is important because the extraction, production and manufacture of plastics releases toxic pollution into the environment. Second, you reduce the amount of plastic entering the waste stream — which never breaks down — taxing the landfills, polluting the ocean, and threatening wildlife.You can feel good about choosing Natracare because it is safer, gentler, and more sustainable.


Watch the video — Susie’s Story —

Learn more about why choosing plastic-free is so important and the benefits of organic cotton.

This entry was published on October 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm and is filed under Wear. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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