Fabrics, do they matter?

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So what about Fabrics? Why Organic?

One of the questions we get asked at Moon Times is why don’t we use fabrics such as “Minky/Minkee” and Fleece?

Well fleece and minky might be soft cuddly fabrics, but did you know they are made from CHEMICALS and PLASTICS???

Minky is 100% polyester- Polyester is a “long-chain polymers chemically composed of at least 85% by weight of an ester and a dihydric alcohol and a terephthalic acid”. In other words, it means the linking of several esters within the fibres. Reaction of alcohol with carboxylic acid results in the formation of esters.

minkyFleece is a soft napped insulating synthetic fabric made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or other synthetic fibres. Other names for this fabric are “Polar Wool,” “Vega Wool,” or “Velo Wool.” Despite names suggesting the product is made of natural material, fleece is 100% polyethylene terephthalate. It can be made partially from recycled plastic bottles and is very light, soft and easy to wash.

fleecePolyethylene terephthalate (sometimes written poly(ethylene terephthalate)), is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibres; beverage, food and other liquid containers; thermoforming applications; and engineering resins often in combination with glass fibre.

Now I’m no scientist, but all this information just shouts UNNATURAL to me! And whilst I think its great to recycle plastic bottles in to fabrics- plastic isn’t a choice we would make for our pads and panty liners!

Plastic in your crotch = 1 sweaty Betty- which can encourage thrush and infections such as vaginitis. Over heating disrupts the delicate balance of the vaginal flora and encourages the development of yeast infections and the spread of bacteria.

Many of our customers are concerned about chemicals in their environment and in the products they buy, they are also wanting a more natural product, one that wont cause allergies or irritants.

At Moon Times we carefully select fabrics that are organic, fair trade, breathable, comfortable and wash well!

Our first choice is always plain, natural, undyed, organic, next is the dyed and patterned organic, then we’ve compromised by also having “non organic patterned range” – for young girls and women who want pads with a funky or flowery design- these pads do include organic cotton inserts and the cotton underside is also organic.

We are recently discovered a company that supply’s the most gorgeous patterned organic cotton- its not the super soft flannel we use as the pad topper- just plain cotton, so we have used it as an underside to the natural flannel, and we are really pleased with the results!

organic patterns on back

We’ve also had feed back from women who “love patterns, but also want to be able to connect with their blood, to be able to see it on the cloth” so these natural organic pads are a perfect combination of plain and patterned fabrics!

What other reasons are there to use organic? Well have you ever considered the pesicides that the cotton crops are sprayed with?

Buying 100% organic cotton pads or panty liners reduces pesticide use, and avoids inadvertently using products containing genetically modified (GM) cotton or that has involved child labour. The purchase of organic cotton products also supports the development of organic cotton production, where cotton farmers – the majority of whom are women in developing countries – can safely grow food crops between the cotton and reduce their families’ exposure to pesticides.

One to three per cent of agricultural workers worldwide suffer from acute pesticide poisoning, with at least 1 million requiring hospitalisation each year. These figures equate to between 25 million and 77 million agricultural workers worldwide. Pesticide residues may be found in non-organic cotton.

For more info on chemicals and GM cotton see our Guest blog post from the Women’s Environmental Network- Sanitising the Truthorganic patterned underside