Published on: 26 April 2012
Natracare has always had sustainability at its core, striving to produce organic and natural feminine hygiene products in the most environmentally friendly and responsible way possible. Natracare’s efforts to reduce CO2 have not gone unnoticed as the high quality, national supermarket chain, Waitrose, has highly commended Natracare’s CO2 reduction policy in their 'Waitrose Way Awards' in the 'Treading Lightly' category.
This is the first time Waitrose has held the awards, the aim being to celebrate suppliers’ outstanding initiatives to enhance the sustainability of their businesses. Suppliers were invited by Waitrose to enter the awards under the categories of Treading Lightly, Championing British, Living well and Treating people fairly - which are the four core principles of the supermarket’s CSR policy, 'The Waitrose way'.
Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing at Waitrose said: "It is the first year of our awards and our internal and external judges were extremely impressed with the quality and volume of entries received. The nine winners were all selected for their outstanding and innovative efforts to make a difference - but we are also recognising a further 66 suppliers as highly commended entries to acknowledge the widespread, excellent work that is taking place across our supply chain."
Natracare uses and purchases resources, energy, services and communications in a way that recognises and minimises the long term effects of its behaviour on the environment. Natracare makes every effort to reduce emissions directly by using raw materials with the lowest possible carbon footprint, avoiding unnecessary energy use and by increasing the efficiency of our systems. With the help of initiatives such as the Environmental Product Declaration and the Carbon Trust, Natracare measures its environmental impacts, then takes steps to reduce and avoid emissions.
By analysing and verifying the origins of raw materials and the manufacturing practices on an annual basis, under consultation with an environmental agency, Natracare has acquired and maintained a Type III environmental accreditation since 2008, becoming the very first feminine hygiene product to do so. Natracare also holds full organic certification for the organic cotton processes as well other environmental accreditations such as the Nordic Ecolabel and USDA Biobased labelling.