Consumer Spotlight: Corman

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Committed to their customer and to the environment, Corman is an Italian, family-owned company with a mission to “excellence in development and manufacturing of feminine hygiene and adult light incontinence products, covering specific niches of the market—hypoallergenic pads, tampons and panty liners, 100% cotton-based, natural, certified organic and biodegradable products.” Through clinical studies and research, Corman has developed products in all of those categories that offer complete protection for women and their sensitive skin.

 

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Why Cotton?

Corman believes in cotton for their products because of the unique fiber structure that creates a breathable and more comfortable surface versus artificial fibers or added chemicals, which often trap moisture and offer less ventilation than cotton containing components. The natural softness of cotton, combined with its hypoallergenic properties, creates a safe and neutral pH for the skin–especially for those with sensitive skin. The belief was further supported in a large clinical study.

The Life Cycle of Cotton

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When you’re looking at a finished cotton product, whether it be a cotton ball or a tampon, you may not be aware of the lengthy journey it took to harvest, process, and finalize the material. So what steps are included in the life cycle of cotton?

 

  1. Growing + Harvesting
  2. Ginning
  3. Purification
  4. Finishing
  5. Nonwoven manufacturing + Final products
  6. Afterlife

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Growing + Harvesting

Early each spring, cotton is planted in the southern half of the United States from California to Virginia. After 10 days, the seed begins to emerge from the soil with some help from heat and water. The average growing season spans over 150-160 day period.

By late autumn,

The Truth About Organic Cotton

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Organic. We hear this word daily, if not several times a day. Once (and still) a trend in food products, the term organic is starting to gain significant meaning in everyday merchandise like baby wipes, hygiene products, etc. Occasionally, we may hear the term used in the labeling of cotton products.

What exactly is organic cotton?

According to the experts at Barnhardt Natural Fibers, all global certifying bodies would agree that the plant should start with a non-GMO seed and be grown with the use of organically approved pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

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What is the difference between organic and non-organic cotton?

Surprisingly, there is not much of a difference between organic and conventional cotton other than in the way that it is grown. However, because it takes more land to yield the same amount of

Smart Consumers Are Rethinking Fast Fashion

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The concept of ‘fast fashion’, a trend that surfaced almost 20 years ago, is one that we (both consumers and producers) should be paying more attention to.

Polyester has emerged as a leader in garment fabrics found in retail stores all over the world, used in almost 60% of new clothing found in stores. Polyester is relatively inexpensive and versatile, but not all that glitters is gold. There are some detrimental downsides to polyester that affect the environment, as well as the consumer:

  • There are approximately 21.3 million tons of polyester on retail shelves today, a 157% increase since 2000. That’s 42,600,000,000 pounds.
  • Producing enough fiber for a polyester t-shirt contributes more than twice the amount of CO2 than the equivalent amount of cotton.
  • Polyester decomposes at a much slower rate than cotton and other natural fibers.
  • Polyester retains more odors than cotton, which means it will need to be washed

What’s REALLY in Your Baby’s Diaper?

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What’s Really In Your Baby’s Diaper?

As a parent, your biggest concern is your child’s health. If your child is currently in diapers, the thought of “What’s really in my baby’s diaper?” has crossed your mind recently. The quest for researching ingredients can be overwhelming. But look no further, we have all the information summarized here for you.

First, we must break down the layers of your baby’s diaper:

Top sheet (or Inner Layer): The layer that sits directly on your baby’s skin

Absorbent core: The layer that absorbs the fluids

Waterproof outer shell: The outer materials of the actual diaper

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The two ingredients that are commonly present in most diapers are

Feminine Product Companies with a Mission

FEMININE PRODUCT COMPANIES (1)

What makes a feminine product company special?

The ingredients they use? Conscious packaging? An important mission?

What about all three?

We did some research and found three companies that provide both high-quality products and environmentally friendly packaging, while also giving back to other women in return.

 

The Honey Pot Company

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The founder of The Honey Pot Company, Beatrice Dixon, created her first feminine wash out of necessity after suffering from bacterial vaginosis for 7 months. With no solution in sight, Dixon decided to take matters into her own hands, formulating a plant-based, coconut oil wash and testing it out for herself. After a few uses, her symptoms cleared and comfort followed. From there, she created her brand The Honey Pot Company; this empowering business offers pads,

Tips for Living With a Sensitive Bladder

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What is a Sensitive Bladder?

Everyone knows what the urge to pee feels like, but there are many people that find it hard to control that urge when it hits. No pee dance will hold it in if you’ve got a sensitive bladder. This can lead to an embarrassing moment, but there are a couple of tips we came across that can help you control the urge. Of course, it’s recommended you talk to your doctor if cases of urgency are frequent and impossible to control.  

Tip 1: Stay healthy

Excess weight puts an undue amount of pressure on your bladder, which could cause frequent urination. It’s also important to vary your exercise routine. Daily walks are great, but the pelvic muscles that hold urine in also need to be worked. Daily kegel exercises are a great way to strengthen your pelvic floor.

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Tip 2: Skip the Caffeine

What’s Really in my Tampon?

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The weekly grocery trip. Or maybe daily for some of us. At one point or another, most women have to mark ‘tampons’ off that list. So how do you decide which box to buy?

Is budget important to you? Absorption? What about ingredients? What’s in my tampon, really?

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While some marketing campaigns might have you think that tampons are made out of pure clouds, the reality is far more concerning. If you’re buying any old box of tampons, chances are you may be putting some harmful ingredients into the most sensitive part of your body, like:

  • Rayon
    Used because of it’s highly absorbent nature, this semi-synthetic (read: man-made) material is one of the reasons TSS (toxic shock syndrome) is a concern. Although TSS cases peaked in the ‘80s and the most absorbent

What is a Natural Fiber?

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Last week we talked about synthetic fibers. We dove into the how they basically take plastic pellets and make them into material that then goes into your wipes, your pads, and other things that you wouldn’t think have any plastic in them. Today, we’re going to talk about natural fibers and why your body likes them much better.rsz_natural_fiber

A natural fiber will always come from a plant, animal, or mineral source. Cotton is an example of a plant sourced natural fiber, wool is an example of a natural fiber that comes from an animal, and asbestos is a mineral. Humans have been using natural fibers since civilization began to form, but in modern clothing, feminine hygiene, and beauty products, you’d be hard pressed to find any natural fiber. It’s worth it to take the time to find products containing 100% cotton though.

Want to know why?

  1. Cotton is Less Toxic

You already pay attention to the ingredients

What is a Synthetic Fiber?

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Everyone knows about the fiber you need to be incorporating in your diet, but did you know there are other kinds of fiber that can have an impact on your health?

Fibers are a part of your everyday life, comprising many of the materials that you touch everyday, but not all fibers are created equally. By definition, a fiber is a substance that is longer than it is wider, but when you combine these small substances, you get a variety of useful products.

There are two main types of fibers that you need to be aware of:

-Synthetic Fibers

-Natural Fibers

Today we’re going to talk about synthetic fibers, how they’re made, and how you’re probably using them on a daily basis to care for some of the most sensitive parts of your body.

A synthetic fiber is a man-made fiber derived from oil-based products like plastic. Companies like ExxonMobil, BP, and