While this company provides an awesome option to organic, non-toxic pads, the company lacks transparency in many ways and can be interpreted as skeptical. I would hope that because the pads are 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. The price point is somewhat accessible and similar to other companies in the industry; Although there are cheaper options because it definitely is not the cheapest option on the market for period liners, it is sold at Target or online which means it is almost virtually accessible to anyone who wishes to 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 somewhat sustainable compared to regular liners sold, but consumers must know the other factors that contribute to the process of production and who it affects.
The Cora company has a page directly dedicated to the ingredients. On this page, it states that these liners are made of certified organic cotton (topsheet). The absorbent core is make of chlorine-free processed wood pulp and super-absorbent polymer. The leakproof backsheet is made of polypropylene. There is no indication of what the adhesive is made of, they only note that it is nontoxic, but it is commonly made of polymers. The packaging is a paper box and the wrapping of the individual liners is made of cloth and is not mentioned in the ingredients list of the product.
The company does not release information about how the Cora period liners are made. However, I have researched how these individual ingredients are commonly made so consumers can assume the company it in a similar process. Between organic cotton and regular cotton, organic cotton has a less environmental impact than regular cotton. Organic cotton doesn’t 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. Processed wood pulp is essentially made through the process of paper and paper-like materials. This contributes to deforestation which is overall not the greatest for the environment unless the company itself is tackling deforestation by firsthand planting trees, but it has not said that. Wood pulp comes from trees so trees can be considered one of the ingredients used to make these pads. Super-absorbent polymers is a material that absorbs liquid, commonly used for diapers and menstrual hygiene products, and is “made up of millions of identical units of sodium acrylate formed into a chain-fence like structure.” The company does not directly state what type of polypropylene they use, but I assume it is polypropylene fabric because fabric materials like cotton, are commonly used in pads. Polypropylene fabric is a “thermoplastic “addition polymer” made from the combination of propylene monomers.“ Although it seems unusual for type of plastic to be included in pads, there are other harmful ingredients that are usually included like bleach, so yes, it is not the greatest ingredient, but it has been included in the textile industry for decades and has become normalized.
The company does not disclose any information on who makes the product other than labeling “made in the US.” 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. Laborers in the United States get exploited every day and it is possible for the company to be sourcing this type of labor without the consumers knowing this. The reality is that the company could choose to disclose this information, but instead they are not directly transparent in the production process, so the consumers will not know until it is disclosed.