Unlike conventional feminine hygiene products, Natracare is Totally Chlorine Free. We use an oxygen bleaching process from hydrogen peroxide. This is the safest process for the environment as it does not release toxins into the environment. Using a water and oxygen process to destroy any bacteria in our organic cotton or pulp, results in a pure white material ready to make pads, panty liners and tampons.
What’s bad about Chlorine bleaching?
Chlorine bleaching creates a by-product called dioxin. This poses serious problems for the environment and for women’s health. Dioxin is a known carcinogen and leaves detectable residuals in products bleached with any type of chlorine bleach. In sanitary and personal care products, this type of bleaching unnecessarily exposes women to low levels of dioxins every time they use these products. Furthermore, dioxin settles in the fat cells of humans and wildlife, and stays there forever, building up cumulatively over time from birth. Up to 17,000 tampons are used in a lifetime, increased exposure to dioxin means increased risk.
Look out for “Chlorine Free” bleaching too, some methods include chlorine dioxide. Totally Chlorine Free is a certified method to avoid toxic chemicals and by-products.
|Can Create Dioxins||Yes||Yes||No|
|Can Create Furans||Yes||Yes||No|
|Creates Persistent Organic Pollutants||Yes||Yes||No|
|Meets International Agreements to Phase out Organochlorines||No||No||Yes|
|Meets or Exceeds Pulp Eco Labeling Requirements Worldwide||No||No||Yes|