Natracare ultra pads
|GHG Emissions Facts|
|Per box of 14 regular pads|
|Total:||0.426 kg CO₂e|
|Materials:||0.210 kg CO₂e|
|Production:||0.029 kg CO₂e|
|Packaging:||0.074 kg CO₂e|
|Usage:||0.112 kg CO₂e|
|cotton (organic)||cellulose fibre|
|corn starch||styrene copolymer|
|acrylic polymer||mineral oil|
|Per box of 14 regular pads|
Natracare ultra pads are sanitary pads, a type of feminine hygiene product. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the product throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise specified, data on this page refers to one box of 14 regular pads with wings. One box of 14 pads has life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 0.426 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and uses 96.6 liters of water.
The principal source of information for this article is an environmental product declaration (EPD) published by Natracare, a brand is owned by Bodywise (UK) Ltd. Third-party verification for the EPD and accompanying life cycle assessment was obtained from RINA S.p.A. The EPD is registered with The International EPD System.
The pad is composed of organic cotton, totally chlorine free (TCF) cellulose fibre, and corn starch. Glues used to make the product are composed of styrene copolymer, acrylic polymer, and mineral oil. The materials that make-up the pads are responsible for 0.210 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 49% of total life cycle emissions. Material production requires 92.4 L of water. The 14 pads in one box weigh 77.91 grams or 5.565 grams per pad.
Production of the pads is responsible for 0.029 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 7% of total life cycle emissions. The pads are produced and packed in Sweden. Components of the pads are produced in Italy, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.
Product packaging is responsible for 0.074 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 17% of total life cycle emissions. Producing the packaging for one box requires 4.2 L of water. The pouch for each pad is made of tissue paper and starch biofilm. The retail and shipping box are composed of recycled cardboard. Polyethylene stretch film, polypropylene tape, and polymer blend glue are used during the transport of the retail box to the consumer. The packaging associated with one box of 14 pads weighs 48.2 grams.
GHG emission information specific to product distribution was not available. The environmental impact of transporting the product an average of 1500 km is included in the usage data. These transportation distances assume consumers will be in Europe.
Use of the pads is responsible for 0.112 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 26% of total life cycle emissions. These emissions include distribution of the product to the consumer and end-of-life emissions.
End of Life
GHG emission information specific to disposal of the pads was not available. The environmental impact of product and packaging disposal is included in the usage data. Disposal methods are based on European municipal waste management figures. The majority of pads are expected to be landfilled after use with a smaller portion being incinerated. Over half the packaging is expected to be recycled or composted with the remainder sent to the landfill or incinerated. The pads and pouch are biodegradable and compostable, however the environmental impact information assumes that the pads will not be composted.
- Environmental Product Declaration of Natracare regular natural ultra pad with wings. Natracare, 13 Oct. 2015. Web. 9 Jan. 2017.