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 similar companies; 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 somewhat sustainable compared to regular pads sold, but consumers must know the other factors that contribute to the process of production and who it affects.
According to their website, a page was specifically made to tell the company’s “naked truth.” In this page, it breaks down what the pads are made of. The topsheet of the pad is made of “certified organic cotton.” The absorbent part of pad is made of “chlorine-free processed wood pulp” and a “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. If the consumer is looking for an option that has zero plastic, there are reusable pads made of cloth that the consumer would have to wash, but to my knowledge, it is not wildly popular and as of now, not necessarily accepted in society.
The company does not release information about how the Cora period pads 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. Just because a product is produced in the United States, it does not necessarily mean it was made ethically; Laborers in the United States can also be exploited.