While consumers cannot deny the landfill waste that menstrual products create, there are very few options that would help limit that waste; It also depends on what the consumer is comfortable with. There are numerous other companies and similar products that create products that are harmful not only to the environment, but the persons body as well as some can contain chemicals. For these reasons, the Cora tampons are a great option to switch to. Price wise, it is similar to other typical brands but provides a better product health wise to a persons body and even the environment as well since it is organic cotton.
The Cora company website has a page dedicated to the “naked truth’ where they outline the ingredients in their products. This transparency allows for their customers to research to a certain extent. From this page, I found that the tampon and tampon string are made of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOST) certified organic cotton. This certification essentially means that that the ”product has been ethically sourced (https://www.nourluxury.com/blogs/news/the-importance-of-ethical-bedding)”, and monitored closely during the production process. The string also has a water resistant wax coating over it. The tampon applicator is made of BPA-free plastic; 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 company sells both tampons with applicators or applicator free tampons which allows the consumer to decide.
The company does not release information about how the Cora organic cotton tampons are made. However, I have researched how the individual ingredients are commonly made so consumers can assume the company makes it in a similar process. Between organic cotton and regular cotton, organic cotton has a less environmental impact than regular cotton. Organic cotton does not use harmful chemicals or pesticides in the production and therefore, it is not toxic for the water, soil or air, which can be an overall better choice than regular cotton. Plastic as the applicator is common, but I have heard of other companies in other countries that use a paper base applicator or a cardboard based applicator instead of a plastic one so that could be an option to any future changes that the company decides to make.
The company does not disclose any information on who makes the product other than labeling “Cotton sourced from Europe; Made in Europe.” Although, the ingredients list states that the cotton is GOTS certified which means that “to certify a product, the entire textile process is monitored closely and strictly.” “This includes no child labour, working conditions are safe and hygienic, no discrimination. No excessive working hours, harsh or inhuman treatment is prohibited. Ethical business practices and quality assurance system is put in place.” There is a long list of requirements in order to have this certification and it seems like there is a hands on approach in this certification process which translates to the cotton being somewhat ethically made as Europe has harsher environmental rules and regulations.