Since 1989, women around the world have chosen our high quality, organic and natural feminine hygiene products with confidence. Soft, certified organic cotton and totally chlorine free, plastic free, biodegradable materials means Natracare only leaves a soft footprint on the earth.
Did you know? Conventional sanitary pads are roughly 90% plastic!
Natracare is different. Our products are made from renewable, biodegradable and compostable materials including organic cotton, bioplastics (made from plant starches) and wood pulp. And by choosing plastic-free sanitary products, you’ll have two positive impacts on the environment: reducing plastic production and waste.
Natracare products are free from all ingredients commonly found in conventional feminine hygiene products; plastics, polyacrylate superabsorbents, petroleum derivatives, synthetic ingredients, latex and perfumes.
Instead we use certified organic 100% cotton and sustainably-sourced natural, plant based materials. The natural ingredients are highly effective in locking away menstrual fluid and the absence of synthetic materials ensures your skin is able to breathe and stay dry.
Natracare wipes are free from synthetics, petroleum derivatives, alcohol, parabens, formaldehyde and phenoxyethanol, many of which have been linked to skin irritation.
Our products are made with everyone in mind, including animals, birds, bees and insects. Natracare founder, Susie Hewson, is a vegetarian and supporter of PETA, so it’s no surprise that we do everything possible to protect wildlife. It’s estimated that pesticides kill 67 million birds each year in the USA alone, so by choosing organic you protect wildlife from the damaging effects of these toxic chemicals.
Choosing organic for your personal care products means are reducing your exposure to pesticide residues. A study, sponsored by the FDA office of Women’s Health, published in 2005, found detectable levels of dioxins in 7 brands of tampons. Just a few parts per trillion in body fat cause serious health effects. Even low levels of dioxin give cause for concern because tampons come into contact with some of the most absorbent tissues in the body. Natracare certified organic cotton tampons were tested and found not to contain any dioxin residues.
Unlike conventional feminine hygiene products, Natracare is totally chlorine free. We use an oxygen bleaching process with hydrogen peroxide, which is the safest process for the environment as it does not release toxins into the environment. This water and oxygen process is used to destroy any bacteria in the cotton or pulp, resulting in the purification and whitening of the raw material. This is then thoroughly rinsed and monitored until the correct pH is achieved.
What’s bad about Chlorine bleaching?
Chlorine bleaching creates a by-product called dioxin which poses serious problems for the environment and has been linked to ill-health. Dioxin is a known carcinogen and will leave detectable residuals in any product that has been bleached with any type of chlorine bleach. In sanitary products, this type of bleaching unnecessarily exposes women to low levels of dioxins every time they use these products. Furthermore, it settles in the fat cells of humans and wildlife, and will stay there for the rest of our lives, building up cumulatively over time from birth, so increased exposure means increased risk.