Whether shopping for groceries, makeup, skincare, or supplements– natural products and remedies have never been more accessible. And while we think so much about what we’re putting in our mouths and on our skin, there’s an entire region of our bodies that we’re often leaving out of the equation!
The vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of the body, and so often it is not given the care it deserves.
The sensitive epithelial cells lining the vagina protect the body from disease, viruses, and hormonal imbalances. But due to the stigma surrounding this sensitive area, there has yet to be a truly open discussion surrounding the products we put inside ourselves. If we’re so concerned about what’s going in our mouths, why not apply the same attention to everyday products like period products, condoms, and lubricants? Organic and natural vagina-friendly products can have a myriad of benefits.
Although advertised as being made of cotton, many period products contain a variety of synthetic fibers and chemicals, rayon, polyester, fragrances, deodorants, glues & adhesives, just to name a few.
And though these ingredients drive down the general price of the products, surprise, they’re NOT the best option for your body. These ingredients can disrupt vaginal pH and lead to issues like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Like period products, condoms, lubricant, and any other substance that comes in contact with the vagina can alter its internal state. In summary– if it’s not balanced for your internal pH, it’s probably not right for you.
At Sustain, we strive to provide safe, accessible, eco-conscious products for the most sensitive parts of your body. That’s why we work with rubber plantations that help keep toxins out of our shared environment. And it’s why we’re committed to using organic cotton for our period products and certified organic ingredients in everything from our lubricant to our massage oil. Our products are pH balanced to match your vagina, and are less likely to cause vaginal dryness, yeast infections, BV, and sensitivities!
To ensure we are working with the eco-friendliest materials, we rely on third party certification like Forest Stewardship Council for our rubber tree plantation—one of the most sustainable ones on the planet, located in southern India. We’re proud to be a certified B-Corporation—a legal standard that ensures the business interests of investors are balanced with the interests of the environment, as well as employees, and you the customers.
We firmly believe that there is no planet B.
We’re big on responsibility and believe it’s intrinsically linked to sustainability. Whether the issue is social equity, climate change, poverty, water pollution, population growth or Fair Trade, Sustain aspires to operate as a model for how a business can have a positive impact in every area it touches. This extends to our feel good supply chain. The rubber industry is known to have a sordid history of abusive practices, and the current influx of new plantations are bulldozing indigenous cultures out of existence as the price of rubber rises. We’re happy that our plantation is the polar opposite, a bright slot of hope and possibility. We see ourselves as a disruptive force in the reproductive and feminine health care industries, helping them move toward better products and increased transparency—all with a focus on common good. We’d aim to be a symbol for rising global standards of what is expected of business.
Because we’re operating in the reproductive healthcare space, we believe it’s imperative for us to support those who can’t support themselves.
In the US alone, 20+ million women lack access to reproductive healthcare, only 21% of single women use condoms, and 48% of pregnancies are unplanned. When there is little access to publicly funded reproductive health services, there are high rates of AIDs and other STDs, as well as those unplanned pregnancies.
So much can be avoided when family planning, sex ed, and basic needs like STD testing and breast examinations are accessible. When women lack this access, they lose, among other grave things, the capacity to decide if and when they want to have children—and even control over their own futures. We’re donating 10 percent of our pretax profits to women who currently lack this access. This is an essential part of our brand mission– and we’ll never stop fighting for reproductive rights and access to care.
If you’re interested in transitioning to eco-conscious, natural products for your vagina, feel free to check out more at Sustain, and use the code ‘SWEET15’ to get 15% off your first order.
Featured image via Flat Frances