The eyes are the window to your soul
– William Shakespeare
Did you know that in Australia and many other parts of the world, Sanitary Pads are not regulated and are classed as a medical device. This means there is no law required to advise the consumer what ingredients are in their sanitary items. We believe it is important for you to know and understand what we are selling to you. Some of our ingredients may not be beneficial to you or may be concerning to you. We breakdown in detail how our pads are constructed, what the ingredients mean and are there any harmful side effects. Everyone’s body reacts differently to man-made products and you should have the ultimate choice in what you use on your body.
We believe in offering our consumers a range of products loaded with a range of knowledge. When buying our Sanitary Pads it is important to know that our Organic Range containing just wood pulp does not have the same absorbency cover as our range containing wood pulp + SAP. This means on your heavier days you may be changing far more frequently due to less absorption, it can also mean you may experience leakage through to outerwear on occasions if you do not change your pad in time. You must also evaluate the financial cost to you as the more pads you change the more boxes you must buy.
Our range consisting of wood pulp + SAP has a layer of super absorbent polymer which means on your heavier days the absorption rate is much higher.
All of our products are:
• 100% biodegradable organic top sheet
• Biodegradable plastics
• Biodegradable Air laid paper.
The absorbent core is the section of pad which absorbs the fluids, our ranges include organic, biodegradable, non organic & non biodegradable materials.
Don’t be fooled by the word Organic and Biodegradable, everyone is using these words as it is the trend right now. As a consumer you must know the difference.
Visit Our Range for a further breakdown of products. We will clearly identify:
• what is 100% Biodegradable
• what is Organic
• what is non organic.
The sides of our packaging will outline what is contained within that pack.
Your right to know about Sanitary Pads:
- Not all parts of the pad are 100% biodegradable
- Not all pads on the market are compostable
- There is a difference between, Biodegradable, degradable and compostable
- All sanitary pads end up in landfill
- Conventional Sanitary Pads can take up to 500 years to degrade
- Non organic cotton uses pesticides and herbicides and Organic doesn’t
- The constant spraying of pesticides and herbicides around our globe
on crops etc travels in the air, so in some cases there may be traces of this in Organic products without intention.
- Conventional Pads generally use dyes or perfumes
- FSC means responsible forestry and this word is generally used when wood pulp is contained in the absorbent core
Always speak the the truth,
even if you think no one is listening.
Some of our lines consist of Bamboo & Corn Fibre top sheet which is 100% biodegradable.
Naturally sourced bamboo is considered a ‘soft touch’ fibre and has beneficial attributes including its ability to control odour, which is assisted by micro-sized gaps between fibres. No chemical treatments are required to smoothen bamboo, and it is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. One reason that pesticides are not commonly required is that bamboo is known to contain an antimicrobial substance called bamboo-kun which provides the plant a natural resistance to pest and fungi infestation, and can assist in reducing bacterial growth and avoid the associated odour.
The use of bamboo provides the user with a lower exposure to chemicals than when compared to other materials including standard cotton, and is more hygienic for the user with reduced odour and opportunity for bacterial and fungal growth. Environmental benefits from using bamboo also include that the used product is completely biodegradable, and compostable. Moreover, no pesticide or fertilizer is required to grow the bamboo. In contrast, standard cotton accounts for approximately 24% of the world’s insecticide market and 11% of the sale of pesticides globally.
A bamboo shoot can reach full height in approximately 8-10 weeks, and it regenerates after being cut like other grass family members without the need for replanting. Its yield per hectare is approximately 3 times that of most tree species, and approximately 30 times that of cotton. Bamboo plants minimise CO2 generating more than a third more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees and have twice the water-efficiency of most tree.
Corn fibres used in our sanitary pads provides softness and therefore added comfort for the wearer. The corn fibres are mixed with the bamboo which provides the additional softness characteristics and further reduces the potential for allergic reaction or associated itching, redness, or rash, with use. Corn fibres are biodegradable, and if incinerated, they are carbonised releasing no odour.
Some of our lines consist of Organic Cotton as the top sheet sheet.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides and thus produces less impact on the environment than non-organic grown cotton. It can provide additional softness for the user of our pads. While production of the organic cotton uses greater amounts of water than our other options bamboo, the organic cotton is biodegradable. This material can be incinerated without release of dioxin after disposal.
Wood pulp comes from trees. The use of this raw material is generally used in sanitary napkins due to it’s high absorbency and relatively low cost. However, the cost to the environment is a huge issue due to the number of forests destroyed in order to produce this raw material. Our products are FSC, which stands for Forest Stewardship Council, this is an organisation set up to promote responsible forestry around the world to ensure the highest environmental and social standards are met.
Currently this is the most natural of absorbency available for sanitary products, without some sort of absorbing layer the menstrual blood will seep through the pad and onto the users clothing. Whilst this pulp has absorbing properties, the absorbency rate is not as high as other products we offer. You may find on heavy period days that you must change your pad more often or leakage may occur more than usual when wearing products that just contain wood pulp as the absorbent layer.
SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer)
SAP is sodium polyacrylate which is a chemical compound used in many sanitary pads and diapers across the world. Sodium Polyacrylate is capable of absorbing approximately 100-1000 times it’s weight which is why it is know as being super absorbent as it locks in water. When liquids such as water, urine or blood is absorbed it expands to gel like substance. The polymer is neutral and sticks together in long chains.
The SAP used in our products is from Japan called Sumitomo SAP. Commercialisation of SAP for sanitary napkins started in Japan back in 1978. SAP has been classified by the FDA (which is the Food and Drug Administration of the United States) to be safe for sanitary pads. However, we must remember that in the US, Australia and many parts of the world there are currently no legally enforceable laws with regards to sanitary pads, therefore this is an unregulated industry.
When using SAP in our pads this is the third layer so it is not in direct contact with your skin and the fluff pulp in the absorbent core assists in absorbing liquid quickly and transferring to SAP. The fluid is locked within the core layer. As
SAP is not water soluble, it barely releases from the pad by wetting. This means there is little chance of being transferred to the skin. However, there is a chance contact with the skin can occur due to fluid reflux so we need to be aware as consumers there are some risks.
Many studies have shown there appeared to be no skin irritation or toxic effects when used in sanitary pads (++), therefore it has been declared safe for human use. Having said this, everyone reacts differently to man-made materials and technically it is a chemical, so if using pads containing SAP has caused you irritation we recommend you stop using this immediately.
SAP has been banned from being used in tampons since the 80’s due to toxic shock syndrome. As you know tampons and pads are constructed differently and applied differently. Tampons are inserted inside the vaginal area, tampons without SAP can still be very dangerous to your health due to bacterial infections that can occur, especially if the tampons contain dyes or perfumes. When SAP is used in pads there are two layers of protection so there is no contact with the skin and the pads are not inserted into the vaginal area. This provides added protection from the chemical entering inside ones body.
SAP is not biodegradable due to being a synthetic material. There are many companies across the world working on bio-based or natural based SAP which aims at better environmental protection. We intend to monitor the new developments and as the world is rapidly changing with new technologies we endeavour to continuously research a more environmental friendly option for a high absorbency rate.
Sometimes all this wording is just too much to read, so we break it down even further and show you what we are talking about in diagrams.
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