Natracare 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 they do everything possible to protect wildlife. You can rest assured that all Natracare products are:
Try this test at home with most brands of tampons and you might notice the fibres coming off from the tampon after just a few minutes.
This is because normally tampons are made with a mix of rayon and pesticide-sprayed cotton. Rayon fibres are short and straight and can easily slide apart from each other, shedding into the vagina during use.
Apart from the hygiene issues of fibres remaining in the vagina, there are also implications for bacterial colonisation which can contribute to vaginal infections. Rayon in tampons has also been linked with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Natracare does not have an issue with fibre loss as their tampons, including the string, are made from only 100% organic cotton, a wavy-construction fibre that easily interlocks.
Natracare championed the issue of fibre loss back in the 1990’s as a result of concerns raised both by users of tampons and nurses. Nurses conducting smear tests reported having to remove shed tampon fibres from around the cervix before being able to obtain a clear smear sample.
Manufacturers, who at first denied the fibre loss issue, quickly placed a synthetic overwrap material around their tampons to prevent the inner absorbent core of fibres falling away. The choice of material, a plastic called polypropylene, is heated to melt the overwrap and form a seal over the tampon core. This reduced some of the fibre loss, but did not eradicate it. On top of this, polypropylene is made from crude oil and does not biodegrade, ultimately damaging the environment.
For women who want to restrict their contact with synthetic materials and unnecessary chemicals, Natracare is the natural choice.
Women suffering from skin allergies, irritation, and soreness and itching may find their symptoms worsen during their period. Many feminine hygiene brands contain synthetic materials such as polypropylene, polyethylene, surfactants, perfumes and polyacrylate super absorbents as well as chlorine bleached fluff pulp.
Many gynaecologists advise these women to change to Natracare tampons and pads to avoid these synthetic materials and chemicals. Women have found relief after using Natracare.
Studies have revealed that up to a third of women with symptoms of vaginal itching, soreness and/or discharge may be experiencing the symptoms of Vulval Dermatitis or Intimate Irritation.* Further research has shown that 75% of UK gynaecologists believe that conventional sanitary protection could be the cause of intimate irritation.
The study was carried out amongst 40 British gynaecologists with further research conducted amongst their Canadian colleagues.
The data revealed that 26% of the gynaecologists who took part in the study noticed a significant increase in the symptoms of their patients suffering with intimate irritation around the time of their period, clearly implicating sanitary protection as a causative factor of their symptoms.
In addition, nearly 4 out of 5 questioned felt that their patients suffering with intimate irritation were experiencing sensitivity to synthetic fabrics, sanitary protection and toiletries, and 50% then recommend the use of natural, chemical-free sanitary protection to help alleviate the symptoms.
The story is very much the same in North America, with 67% of gynaecologists recommending that their patients switch to natural sanitary protection to alleviate their symptoms.
Mr David Nunns, Consultant Gynaecologist at Nottingham City Hospital, said: “Irritancy is a very common issue amongst women in the UK, and is still frequently mistaken for thrush. This study has shown that expert gynaecologists across the globe have recognised that sanitary protection may be a causative agent in triggering vulval irritancy and so switching to natural, chemical free protection may help alleviate troublesome symptoms for many women.”
When Susie Hewson developed Natracare in the 1980s, she spent years researching the very best raw materials for the job. As well as important health considerations and ensuring that the products worked, Susie endeavoured to find materials that were:
- ethical – protecting the livelihood, homes and health of workers and communities where crops are made
- environmental – looking after the soil, water and air and ensuring low carbon dependency
- animal-friendly – not disrupting the habitats or health of animals, birds, bees and insects who make up ecosystems that are crucial for our planet’s wellbeing.
Using certified organic cotton and accredited sustainable forestry ensures that Natracare meets high sustainable standards.
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