Natracare just made history by becoming the first brand with MADE SAFE certified pads, tampons, maternity pads, and nursing pads.
Why is this a big deal? Because, if you’ve ever looked at the label on the conventional pad or tampon box, you might find it a bit lacking. The feminine care industry has historically been shrouded in secrecy.
This is a problem because there are some chemicals of concern commonly used in pads and tampons, including:
- dioxins and furans: linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive toxicity;
- pesticide residues: linked to cancer;
- and undisclosed fragrance ingredients, which may contain chemicals linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and allergies.[i]
This is bad enough. But consider this: Pads and tampons come into contact with some of the most sensitive and absorptive skin on women’s bodies. In addition, studies show that the vast majority of women use tampons (50-86%) and pads (62-73%)[ii], and use them for several days at a time on a monthly basis.
Natracare products are a direct response for this problem, and have been since the brand’s inception 28 years ago—which is why we’re not surprised they’re the first feminine care brand whose products passed our screening. All Natracare pads and tampons are made from organic and natural materials from sustainable and renewable resources.
Where many conventional feminine care products encompass problems like chlorine bleaching, pesticide spraying on conventionally grown cotton, and the use of rayon and plastics in feminine hygiene, Natracare products are chlorine-free, are not tested on animals and do not contain any materials made from crude oil. Natracare uses 75-100% renewable and sustainable materials, which also makes Natracare products over 90% biodegradable and compostable, helping to alleviate the burden on overflowing landfill sites.
In addition to MADE SAFE certification, Natracare has acquired numerous awards both ecologically and ethically, so that consumers can be confident that Natracare’s claims are based on fact and are ethically evaluated.
[ii] Zota, A (2012) Descriptive statistics on feminine hygiene use among U.S. reproductive-aged women, NHANES 2001- 2004. Personal communication. 2012.