Organyc : What you don't know will surprise you
My pads and tampons are made of what?
Well, most are not made of cotton. Many well-known, nationally-advertised brands of tampons, pads and sanitary panty liners are made of mostly synthetics. Like rayon. Feminine sanitary pads from many of the best known brands also contain something called SAPs, which stands for Super Absorbent Powders. While doing their job to absorb better, SAPs are made from polymers that are derived from crude oil. Think how close those SAPs will be to you.
Tampons and pads often contain wood pulp. It’s not what you expect. But that’s what you’re probably using. Wouldn’t you prefer cotton?
Bleached? Did you say they're bleached?
Yes. Many well-known brands are made with material that is bleached with chlorine. Do you want that touching you? Chlorine bleaching leaves a by-product: dioxin. So women may be exposed to small but detectable levels of this known toxin whenever they use pads and tampons that are chlorine beached.
Organyc is 100% Organic Cotton
Unlike most feminine care brands, Organ(y)c contains no synthetics, no SAPs and no wood pulp. For good hygiene, Organyc bleach only in hydrogen peroxide, a naturally occurring disinfectant. Organ(y)c is made with organic cotton.
Organic Cotton: kind to people & other living things
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials with the purpose of reducing the impact on the environment. And preserving the natural equilibrium between the many components of the ecosystem. Organic agriculture endeavors to work in harmony with nature, producing healthy plants for healthy people. For example, organic farming uses bio-rational products and bio-control agents for pest management.
Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict, safe procedures.
More than Organic : Certified Organic
There is no organic standard for feminine care, but since Organyc products are made of a natural textile, they’ve been absorbed into the organic textile category. The leading organisation for organic textiles is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards).
Organ(y)c brand feminine sanitary care products have been certified by the ICEA, Italy, and the SOIL ASSOCIATION, UK. Both agencies endorse GOTS.
The SOIL ASSOCIATION promotes sustainable food and farming through the use of local, seasonal and organic systems and is the UK’s leading organic certifying organisation.
ICEA (The Ethical and Environmental Certification Institute) inspects and certifies firms respectful of the environment, workers’ dignity and collective rights. ICEA is one of the most prominent inspection and certification bodies in the field of sustainable development.
Corman, the manufacturer of Organ(y)c sanitary products, holds certification in SA 8000 (Social Accountability Certification). SA8000 is a social accountability standard for decent working conditions, based on global workplace norms of the International Labor Organisation (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
No Plastic. No concessions.
Organyc will not give in
Organyc would be hypocrites if they gave in to the lure of plastics, even if it were a small concession. This is why, instead of plastic, Organyc insist on tampon applicators and packaging made from recyclable cardboard. And why Organyc use an outer wrap and backing for pads and liners made from Mater-Bi®, which is created from corn starch.
Organyc did not stop at organic certification.
Organ(y)c feminine sanitary care products are biodegradable. Biodegradable, because they can be broken down into simpler substances by bacteria and microorganisms. Organyc own lab tests have proven the biodegradability of Organ(y)c pads and tampons.
Organic is NO Accident
In order to market a crop as “organic,” a grower must be certified through a third party. This process involves several on-farm inspections in order to obtain the certification. Organic production begins with organically grown seed. If certified organic seed cannot be located, untreated seed may be used as long as it is not derived from genetically modified plants.
Organic production reduces health risks. Organic agriculture endeavors to produce healthy plants for healthy people.
Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
Organic farmers works in harmony with nature.
Organic producers strive to preserve bio-diversity. Many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms offering an alternative to produce crops and satisfy consumer demand.
Organic foods and non-foods alike. Every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically, as well, including cotton.
COTTON IS NATURE’S MOST ABSORBENT
• Protects against leaks
• Holds more than twenty times its weight in liquid
• pH compatible
COTTON IS RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE
• It is not manufactured
• Not from a test tube
• Not plastic
• It is nature’s gift
…well, soft as cotton
• Cotton sets the bar high for softness
• Cotton is naturally breathable
• Keeps you dry and comfortable
• Moves with you
• Never itchy
• See soft and breathable above
• A large percentage of women know they have sensitive skin
• Organ(y)c is hypoallergenic
• Skin and cotton blend well together
A Healthy Period : your period is Organic
It happens with no additives, no chemicals, nothing artificial and it’s not genetically modified. It is your own ecosystem working in harmony with nature. It is the original state of being for all women.
While you may not agree that you’re at your best when you have your period, it actually is your best being released, naturally. Okay, Organyc know that’s not the standard view, but it’s a great way of looking at it.
Hormones do their thing in your body in the name of fertility. And they do it every month, give or take a couple of days. With every woman, the cycle length is a little different, as well as the number of days your period lasts. Whatever your body decides, it’s normal and, as we said, an organic part of being who you are.
Menstrual Cramps : a natural approach
If you’re like most women, you’ve experienced menstrual cramps.
Organyc don’t have to tell you what they feel like, except to agree they can be anywhere from unpleasant to pretty nasty.
Doctors call it dysmenorrhea. Most researchers believe it’s the hormones in our bodies that most likely cause all the pain and suffering. After all, every month in a woman’s body, our hormones fluctuate. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and prostaglandins run rampant.
For those of us who believe that 100% organic sanitary cotton pads and tampons are preferable to using synthetics, it is worthwhile to know there are some natural remedies that may work for dysmennorhea.
Organyc can’t tell you they’ve been researched and promise effective relief. These are only suggestions.
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin B1
You may also want to try acupuncture or acupressure. Heating pads or ice may do wonders. As well as aromatherapy and massage. Of course, Organyc urge you to ask your doctor for advice.
Three Secrets of Feminine Hygiene
Some of us may experience itching, stinging, discharge or even odor. It’s wise to see your gynecologist if you have a problem. But you might want to consider changing some basic hygiene habits.
AVOID CONTACT WITH THREE THINGS:
1- Synthetic fabrics. Most sanitary tampons and pads are made of manufactured fabrics like rayon. Not cotton. So, use pads and tampons made with 100% cotton. Organyc know they are promoting their ownOrgan(y)c brand. But, Organyc really believe they’re better for you.
Also, wear 100% cotton underwear. Organyc don’t sell underwear, but, again, Organyc believe in the benefits of cotton. Save the sexy nylon, rayon, spandex and polyester thongs, panties and g-strings for special occasions.
2- Chemicals. All tampons and pads are bleached. Most with chlorine. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant, a pollutant in rivers and streams and can produce harmful dioxins. Organ(y)c brand feminine care products are bleached with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is formed in nature by the action of sunlight on water, and naturally occurs in rain. We consider it safer and more natural than chlorine bleach.
3- Fragrance. For some, the scent additive in scented panty liners, pads and tampons may irritate your skin. So avoid those feminine sanitary care products. Organ(y)c never contains scent of any kind. If you have sensitive skin, we suggest that you use soaps and laundry detergents with few or no fragrances.
What are my Sanitary Pads and Tampons made of?
Our skin is the largest organ of our body and highly vulnerable to fluids and other products we put on our skin. Many ingredients will eventually reach our bloodstream and pass through our body. Similarly what touches our body, clothes and the particles carried on and within them potentially pass through the skin. What sanitary protection we use is rarely discussed but is just as important. It is a very important topic for women because for most of us every month we regularly consume and use many sanitary pads and tampons, a woman can use up to 16,800 sanitary pads in a lifetime. So what are Organyc sanitary pads and tampons made from? There is no legal requirement for manufacturers to declare the ingredients of a tampon or sanitary pad and we therefore have to undertake some investigative work.
Many of the popular conventional sanitary brands that can be found in our supermarkets today rarely contain cotton and may even contain harmful synthetic substances, petrochemicals, bleaches, rayon and super absorbent powders SAP which can irritate and inflame an already sensitive area of our body, but most manufacturers are happy not to tell us.
The most commonly used synthetic substances in conventional sanitary wear:
1. Rayon was one of the first manufactured fibres made from wood pulp which is a cellulose based raw material. The wood pulp is then chemically treated and converted into a soluble compound, dissolved and melted to form synthetic fibres. These fibres are then bleached with chlorine and imitated to feel as soft as cotton and used in conventional sanitary products.
As rayon is highly absorbent it not only absorbs your menstrual blood but also absorbs normal vaginal secretions which can then lead onto irritation, dryness and sores on the vaginal area. Rayon is commonly used for home furnishing, industrial applications and textiles.
2. Polyproylene Fibres are a type of thermoplastic polymer resin which are cut into very short and fine strands. Polypropylene is widely used in conventional sanitary pads and used in the sanitary pad liner, wrappers and packaging. Polypropylene is a plastic and a known skin irritant, it does not allow for air flow around your intimate femine area therefore can cause skin irritation, rashes and bacterial infections. Polypropylene fibres are also commonly used in textiles, can be added to concrete as a hardener, industrial packaging and carpets.
3. Super Absorbent Powder, or also known as SAP or SAPs and Polyacrylate is a fine white powder which is made by the polymerisation of acrylic acid blended with sodium hydroxide. It is a synthetic material used in the core of each conventional sanitary pad (and most nappies) as it is highly absorbent and can retain large amounts of liquid. The reaction against the skin/vagina may cause irritation, redness and soreness to this intimate area.
3.a. Polyacrylate is an acrylic polymer and comes in a powder form. Ithas the ability to absorb as much as 200 to 300 times its mass in liquid (turns the liquid into a gel) therefore it is regularly used in conventional sanitary feminine pads as it absorbs the liquid quickly and holds it in a suspension under pressure. Polyacrylate is commonly used in laundry detergents, artificial snow and nappies.
4. Plastic is used in most conventional sanitary wear. It is used as a coating on the feminine sanitary pad, as backing and also in the packaging. Plastic does not allow for air to freely flow therefore yeast and bacteria growth are more likely as they restrict air flow and trap heat and dampness.
5. Bleaching, many conventional brands use chlorine bleach to give the sanitary feminine products a sterile ultra white look however by using this process it releases dioxins. Dioxins are a pervasive environmental contaminant and a known human carcinogen. These are absorbed into body fat and over a peiod of time can cause severe health problems.
6. Non Organic Cotton which is conventionally produced is one of the most toxic crops grown in the world and uses the highest amount of pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides in the growing process consequently it tends to have high levels if residues of these same ‘cides’. These residues may be absorbed through our skin and our body has the onerous job of processing until expulsion! These residues may again lead to skin irritations and sensitivity and long term major health risks.
The most commonly used replacements for synthetics substances in conventional sanitary feminine wear:
1. Organic cotton farmers use non GMO seeds and use crop rotation to keep the soil healthy, nutritional and the pests away. Once the cotton is ready to be picked they rely on a seasonal freeze called defoliation. This allows for the cotton to be picked at ease and with no synthetic or toxic chemicals used. They then use a natural bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide which is a naturally occurring disinfectant to treat the cotton before it is used in feminine sanitarty pads and tampons. The organic cotton is breathable, thick, ultra soft and fluffy to give maximum absorbency, softness and comfort to your intimate area without irritations.
2. Mater B is a natural material derived from non GM corn starch. Mater B is used as the leak proof and sticky backing on each feminine sanitary pad as it is a waterproof material therfore provides maximum security and protects your underwear. It also allows your skin to breathe and regulate humidity to avoid bacteria and skin irritation.
3. Oxygen - Hydrogen Peroxide is a naturally occuring disinfectant that is composed of only water and oxygen. It kills organisms by oxidation. It is known to be the worlds most safest all natural sanitiser.
4. Non Woven Organic Cotton is breathable, allows for ventilation, highly absorbent and flexible. This is used as the top sheet on organic feminine sanitary pads to give extra comfort and protection.
Wouldn't you prefer 100% Organic cotton sanitary products on your intimate area?
We all know that what we put on our skin processes through our bodies, so if it is not good enough to eat then we shouldn't be putting it on or near our skin. Added synthetic ingredients such as Sodium Lauyl Sulfate (SLS), petrochemicals and conventionally grown ingredients that use pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and synthetics should all be avoided as they affect our skin and body in some way or form which can lead to skin complications, irritations and often severe health risks. That is why Organyc should try to choose organically grown produce and organic products were possible, especially in our sanitary products.
Below I have identified the variation between conventionally grown cotton mostly used in conventional feminine sanitary pads and tampons and organically grown cotton which is used in all certified organic cotton products.
Conventional Non Organic Cotton
Conventionally non organic grown cotton is one of the most toxic crops grown in the world today as conventional cotton farmers use huge amounts of synthetic, dangerous, toxic and cancer-causing carcinogenic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. Exposure to pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers can cause severe health risks to humans, with an estimate of three million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and a wide range of health risks. These toxins are sprayed into conventionally grown cotton crops developed from Genetically Modified cotton seeds to help remove pests, increase the germination rate and provide a synthetic nutrition to degraded over-used soil. Cotton seeds are sown between February and June and take up to three months to produce the cotton. Once the cotton has grown and is ready to be harvested, toxic chemicals called defoliants (pyraflufen ethyl, sodium chlorate) are applied to the cotton plant to help strip the leaves and remove the cotton. Conventional cotton farmers use defoliants to harvest the cotton crops as it allows timely harvesting operations in good weather conditions and maximise their economic returns. More synthetic chemicals are applied, chlorine bleach and synthetic dyes, both containing toxic chemicals while the chlorine bleaching method gives off a cancer causing by-product called dioxin. Chlorine bleach and dyes are used to disinfect and give the cotton a pristine white finish. The cotton is immersed into hot water with synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals and sometimes formaldehyde to wash the cotton ready for its use. Conventionally grown cotton is not biodegradable due to all the chemicals being applied during manufacture
There are an array of different toxic, synthetic and cancer causing chemicals which I have mentioned above that have been applied to the way of growing non organic cotton, imagine those going into our blood stream and affecting our skin and body!
Organically Grown Cotton
Choosing organically grown cotton is best for the earth, the earth’s ecosystems and best for our health. Organic cotton farmers, like Organyc use 100% naturalness as it is based on a respect for people, animals and the environment.
Organic cotton farmers use natural non Genetically Modified cotton seeds, these are usually sown in the spring time and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. By building soil fertility naturally through the use of compost and manure organic farmers help lock CO2 into the soil, helping to reduce climate change and benefiting from crop rotation to replenish and maintain the soils fertility, keeping it healthy and nutritional and discourage the development of pests to allow the cotton crops to grow naturally.
Once the cotton has matured and ripened, it is ready to be harvested in the autumn months. During harvest season, organic cotton farmers rely on a seasonal freeze called defoliation which allows for the cotton to be hand picked at ease and with no synthetic or toxic chemicals used. Then a natural bleaching agent called hydrogen peroxide (oxygen and water) which is a naturally occurring disinfectant treats the cotton before its use. Since the cotton fibre has not been chemically treated with synthetics, the natural waxes and oils remain on the fibre making it biodegradable, renewable, hypoallergenic, ultra soft and fluffy, kind to our skin and breathable helping to care and protect sensitive skin and avoiding skin irritations and rashes.
Organic cotton is used in all of Organyc's sanitary products. Each range has been certified by ECO CERT, The Soil Association and ICEA to ensure a 100% natural and organic product has been made without the use of pesticides, fertilisers, herbicides or toxic and synthetic chemicals.
The Process of Conventional Cotton vs Organic Cotton
Conventional Cotton: chemically treated & Genetically Modified seeds.
Organic Cotton: Untreated natural Non Genetically Modified seeds.
Conventional Cotton: February to June.
Organic Cotton: Spring months.
Conventional Cotton: Over used soil is treated with fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides to form a synthetic nutrition to the soil.
Organic Cotton: Healthy and nutritional soil using crop rotation, compost and manure. Locks CO2 into the soil and helping to reduce climate change.
Conventional Cotton: Three months from sowing the seeds.
Organic Cotton: Autumn months.
Conventional Cotton: Chemical defoliants using toxic chemicals .
Organic Cotton: Natural defoliation from seasonal freezing temperatures.
Harvesting Device Used
Conventional Cotton: Machine harvested.
Organic Cotton: Hand picked.
Conventional Cotton: Bleaching with chlorine (produces a by-product called dioxin), synthetic dyes and synthetic surfactants e.g. Formaldehyde.
Organic Cotton: Natural hydrogen peroxide (water and oxygen) - a naturally occurring disinfectant.
Effect to the Environment
Conventional Cotton: Non-biodegradable, affects the earths eco systems.
Organic Cotton: Biodegradable and renewable with no effect to the environment.
Conventional Cotton: Chemicals used can lead to serious health problems for the workers.
Organic Cotton: Eco-friendly processing does not compromise the workers’ health.
Conventional Cotton: Conventional feminine sanitary pads and tampons (a very small amount of cotton is known to be used), cotton wool pads, balls etc., cotton clothing and fabrics.
Organic Cotton: Organic feminine sanitary pads, tampons and cotton wool balls, pads etc., organic cotton clothing and organic cotton fabrics.
Effects to the skin
Conventional Cotton: Can cause skin irritations and complications as residues from pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, dioxin and other synthetic chemicals still remain on the cotton.
Organic Cotton: Contains the cottons natural waxes and oils making it ultra-soft and fluffy, hypoallergenic, breathable, kind to the skin, protects sensitive skin and protects against irritations.
An Organic Revolution is happening - Women are talking about the unsurpassed purity of 100% organic cotton feminine care. They’re talking about how surprised they are to discover their regular feminine sanitary care brands are not cotton. And they’re talking about it in 26 countries around the world.
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