BY CLAIR WHITTY
Did you know that there can be plastic in personal hygiene products? For example, did you know that a pack of conventional period pads can contain up to five plastic bags worth of plastic. That’s shocking.
But thankfully, Natracare has an alternative. Their pads, tampons, maternity pads, and incontinence pads are made from renewable, biodegradable, and compostable materials. And unlike other brands, they won’t be polluting the earth for the next 500 years. They are made from just a few simple, natural materials. All the cotton used in Natracare products is 100% organic. The leak-proof layer of Natracare pads and liners is a home-compostable, certified biopolymer made from GM-free plant starch – a renewable resource, and a solution to waste disposal problems associated with traditional petroleum-derived plastics. They also use this material as a wrapper for some of their pads and liners. There are no chemicals in any of their products, and they are totally chlorine, perfume, and dye free. Their maternity pads are perfectly suited for after giving birth. They are extra-long, extra wide, and are comfortably padded to give you great protection for the natural blood loss experienced after giving birth. They’ll be gentle on your skin and won’t cause irritation that can be associated with synthetic materials.
Other plastic free products are Kindly reusable period pads for daytime or night time use are made with 100% organic cotton fleece. The pad itself has 3 layers of this super soft and absorbent fleece. They’re a comfortable, soft, natural alternative to a synthetic, disposable pad. They can be machine washed, dried, and reused.
Or there’s the money-saving menstrual Mooncup. A reusable menstrual product that pays for itself after 6-8 months. It’s made from soft, medical-grade silicone. It’s so comfortable you can’t feel it’s there. The Mooncup menstrual cup won’t dry or irritate your skin. Your Mooncup is washable, reusable, and no need to be rushing to the shops at the last minute to stock up. The Mooncup holds 3 times more than a regular tampon.
Regarding deodorants, it’s fantastic that Wild Deodorants have created a reusable deodorant applicator made from aluminium that will last you your lifetime. The deodorants can be refilled over and over and every time you refill you will save 30gms of plastic going to landfill.
Shop online at www.naturalhealthstore.ie where you’ll be able to take a look at these brands.
Natural Health Store, Market Cross Shopping Centre
Phone: 056 7764538