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Natracare Ultra Pads

October 10, 2008

Biodegradable and natural ultra pads made from plant starch and organic cotton.

“Natracare Ultra pads are made from only certified organic 100% cotton and renewable and sustainable plant cellulose. They are totally plastic-free, and like all of Natracare products, are totally chlorine-free because we never use chlorine bleach in any of our production processes. Being plastic-free means Natracare does not contain any polyethylene, polypropylene or polyacrylate super absorbents, all of which can irritate the skin”.

  • Certified Nordic Ecolabel
  • Certified organic
  • Plastic (inc rayon) free
  • Totally chlorine free
  • Perfume free
  • Natural materials
  • Over 90% biodegradable

Natracare pads are made from:

  • Cellulose from wood pulp
  • Organic cotton
  • Absorbent layer: Corn starch

I spotted these pads in Waitrose and decided I’d give them a go. If I am honest, I was expecting them to be a bit of a disaster because they didn’t boast any superior features like ‘super absorbent core’ and they were made from starch and cotton. But, I was very wrong because they are actually a fantastic product! They are comfortable, reliable and stay in place.

The main difference I noticed between this product and the more mainstream brands was that they were much more breathable – and as a result, alot cooler then pads made from layers of plastic.

I also like how soft these pads are compared to brands like Always, which I think feel very starched and stiff. These however moulded to my body better and as a result felt much more comfortable and less like I was wearing a pad.

The outer wrapper is made from cellulose and felt quite papery – but this was not a problem as it gets thrown away with each use anyway.

The major selling point for these towels is that they are biodegradable and if you think how many you will throw away in a life time, that’s quite alot of plastic going into landfill.


  • Recycled cardboard box
  • Each towel is packaged in cellulose (starch) wrapper


  • Pros: Soft and breathable
  • Cons: None…

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