While this company provides an awesome option to reducing feminine landfill waste, the company lacks transparency in many ways and can be interpreted as skeptical. I would hope that because the menstrual cup is produced in the US, they pay their workers a livable wage, but if they are following US federal minimum wage, it is not a good product. It can also be hurtful to the BIPOC community overall as the BIPOC community tends to work factory jobs depending on specifically where production is located. The price point is pretty accessible, although there are cheaper options as well, and it is sold at Target or online which means virtually almost anyone make the switch if they wanted to. If the consumer is basing sustainability completely off of the environmental impact the product has, then yes it is pretty sustainable, but consumers must know the other factors that contribute to the process of production and who it affects.
The Cora menstrual cup is made form ultra-soft premium medical grade silicone. The silicone is from the US and the menstrual cup is made in the US. It has no toxic chemicals and is BPA free; BPA is a toxic chemical that has the potential to create health problems. The use of non toxic chemicals and BPA free means it is not harmful for your body. The use of silicone is what allows it to be reusable and have a low environmental impact. Feminine sanitary products end up in landfill, most of it being non recyclable at all and can possibly end up in the ocean as well. According to the National Geographic, “a single menstruator will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons.” ** With the menstrual cup, landfill of feminine sanitary products can be reduced by a lot. The Cora menstrual cup can last up to ten years as well and provides two sizes for consumers, making it accessible to most.
The company does not release information about how the Cora menstrual cup is made. However, medical grade silicone is produced through a process of combining molecules. The biggest concern is whether it is safe or not and it is safe for the human body which is why silicone is the most acceptable material for menstrual cups. Their lack of transparency does not allow for the consumer to research how the product is made and goes against their statement of “the naked truth.” The company wants consumers in infer production process information on their own and an average consumer will most likely not do this.
While Cora does a great job in providing a non toxic feminine product to consumers, the company lacks transparency when disclosing who makes the product, what type of labor is used, are these workers being paid a livable wage, etc. All of these are important questions that deserve clear, straight forward answers. The only information given to the consumers is that this product is made in the US which gives consumers the option to infer that this company is doing good, but it is not confirmed. Therefore, this lack of transparency can only make consumers and others interested, suspicious of the activity. Just because a product made in the US does not make it “sustainable.”