Natural Materials

It’s time to go back to basics.

Natracare products are made from just a few simple, natural materials.

Organic Cotton

All the cotton we use is 100% organic.

It’s the only ingredient in our tampons, our wet wipes are made with a 100% cotton cloth, and our pads and liners all have an organic cotton cover. Soft, organic cotton is gentle to your skin and lets it breathe.

Sustainable Wood Pulp

The absorbent core of our pads and panty liners is made from PEFC certified sustainable wood pulp1 from Finland. This means forests are managed in order to preserve biodiversity and benefit the lives of local people and workers.

There are no superabsorbents (SAPs) or other chemicals in there – only Totally Chlorine Free, naturally absorbent wood pulp.

Plant Starch

All plastics are polymers, but not all polymers are plastics. The leak-proof layer of our 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. We also use this material as a wrapper for some of our pads and liners. This way we don’t use petroleum-based plastic.

Many period products contain materials that are far from natural.

Conventional pad


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All plastics are polymers — Pads can contain plastic throughout every layer. In the top sheet, the core, and their leak-proof backing.


Natracare pad

Plastic free

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But not all polymers are plastics — Natracare is plastic free by design. We use a biopolymer made from GM-free plant starch, which is renewable, sustainable and compostable2.

Conventional pad


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Synthetic granules made from crude oil used to enhance absorption. When saturated these gels can irritate by wicking moisture from your skin.


Natracare pad

Wood pulp

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Our naturally absorbent core comes from sustainably managed forests3. The natural fibre structure of cellulose wood pulp locks away period blood without drying out your skin.

Conventional pad


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Most conventional pads are bleached using an Elemental Chlorine Free method (ECF). ECF bleaching is not chlorine-free.


Natracare pad

Totally Chlorine Free (TCF)

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We use a Totally Chlorine Free bleaching method to purify and cleanse the cotton and pulp we use.

Conventional pad


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Often used to make the wings and pad more flexible. Latex is a known irritant and allergen.


Natracare pad

Organic cotton

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The top layer of our pads and liners which sits next to your skin is made from 100% GOTS certified soft organic cotton.

Conventional pad

Perfumes & dyes

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Synthetic fragrances are unnecessarily added into some period products to mask smells, and dyes are used to create blue and purple decoration.


Natracare pad

Perfume free & no dyes

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Natracare products are perfume and dye free. We don’t believe periods are unclean or should be covered up synthetically.

Our entire supply chain, from raw materials and processing, shares in our commitment to manage and monitor resources respectfully and ethically.

When Susie founded Natracare in the 1980s, she dedicated years researching the very best raw materials that would be healthy for the body without compromising on quality. It’s essential for Susie that Natracare only uses materials that are:

caring for workers


Protecting the livelihood, homes, and health of workers where materials are grown or processed and paying a fair wage.

Caring for the planet


Looks after the soil, water and air and leaving a soft carbon footprint, and actively promote biodiversity.

Our Totally Chlorine Free process does not contaminate our soil, water and air with dioxins and furans. Our use of certified organic cotton means we help reduce the demand for water when compared to conventionally grown cotton.

Caring for women and health

Health Conscious

Kind and soft to intimate and sensitive skin. Free from chemicals of concern, pesticide residues or allergens.

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We’ve measured the impact of our regular ultra pads with a full life-cycle analysis.4

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A Natracare pad + its packaging contains

27.2g CO2


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700g CO2

1 non-bio laundry cycle

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381g CO2

1-mile trip in an average car

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360g CO2

250ml squeezed orange juice

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35.8g CO2

10 minute hot shower

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