Unlike conventional feminine hygiene products, Natracare is Totally Chlorine Free. We use an oxygen bleaching process from hydrogen peroxide, which is the safest process for the environment as it does not release toxins into the environment. This water and oxygen process is used to destroy any bacteria in the cotton or pulp, resulting in the purification and whitening of the raw material. This is then thoroughly rinsed and monitored until the correct pH is achieved.
What’s bad about Chlorine bleaching?
Chlorine bleaching creates a by-product called dioxin which poses serious problems for the environment and has been linked to ill-health. Dioxin is a known carcinogen and will leave detectable residuals in any product that has been bleached with any type of chlorine bleach. In sanitary products, this type of bleaching unnecessarily exposes women to low levels of dioxins every time they use these products. Furthermore, it settles in the fat cells of humans and wildlife, and will stay there for the rest of our lives, building up cumulatively over time from birth, so increased exposure means increased risk.
Look out for “Chlorine Free” bleaching, as some methods still include chlorine dioxide.
|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|