When you buy from us you are helping make the World a better place.
The average menstrating person uses 10,000-12,000 disposable sanitary products in their lifetime. Australians alone buy around 500 million sanitary pads every year – and these take between 500 and 800 years to biodegrade.
The bio super absorbent used in our pads is made from 100% plant cellulose, that is free from harmful chemicals and dyes, and is certified compostable as per ISO - 17088.
It is important to note that our pads meet the International Composting standard ISO-17088, unfortunately because not all commercial FOGO and composting facilities can compost sanitary products, we are not able to certify as compostable in all countries. In commercial facilities we would be regarded as Biodegradable, as we are a 100% plant based product.
In choosing this material we are making a plastic free, safe and soft pad that both works and diverts plant cellulose from landfill. Australia alone sends 6.7 million tonnes of green waste to landfill a year.
The Overnight, Regular and panty liners all have a soft certified organic top sheet.
Our pads, wrappers, disposable bags, and are certified compostable as per IS/ISO-17088 International Compost Standards. They will compost in 90-180 under composting conditions. Please refer to your local council before disposing of them in a commercial compost facility.
Our boxes and packaging are made from recycled paper.
When you buy Flossim Pads you are making the World a better place to live.
Bridging the Gap
We partner with the Bridging the Gap Foundation and donate a portion of our profits to help fund vital work in the Indigenous health and education sector as well as combat homelessness.
The Bridging the Gap Foundation knows health, education and employment are major contributors to the eight year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, which is why they focus their key projects and partnerships in these areas.
Their partnership with the SEDA Group helps deliver pathways-focused senior secondary education while the Menzies School of Health Research HealthLAB provides an interactive, co-designed health initiative to empower Indigenous students to make healthy lifestyle choices and achieve their aspirations or goals. HealthLAB works closely with schools and community groups in remote areas where the cost of goods and services prevents access to basic health products.
Share the Dignity
Share the Dignity is a women's charity in Australia, that works to make a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough. They distribute period products to women, girls, and anyone who menstruates who needs support. Too many can not afford the cost of sanitary products when living in extreme poverty.
Good People, Good Planet, Good Period!
We are Charlotte and Nicola, great friends with a shared passions for the outdoors. We are both avid supporters of natural products that limit plastic waste, and are good for the environment.
Our journey began simply looking for a more sustainable option for sanitary pads. We wanted to find a good quality sanitary pad that will compost within 90-180 days. We wanted to make a pad that would reduce the use of cotton, which is very water-intensive; any cotton we use is organic and kept to a minimum. Our pads contain a bio sap made from plant cellulose that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Our searching for the perfect pad also uncovered the horrors of period poverty and the enormity of the problem here at home in Australia, the lucky country. We were deeply moved to discover that last year 173,000 women turned to homelessness services for help, and 3.2 million Australians live below the poverty line. Many individuals have to make the heartbreaking decision of whether to spend their money on food or sanitary items. Many young teens skip school to avoid the embarrassment of attending without the necessary products.
We are teaming up with the charities Share the Dignity and Bridging the Gap and donating money to help fund some of the vital work they are doing with homeless groups and their Indigenous Menstrual health programs. Their essential research identified that many indigenous people living in remote rural Australian regions have less access to period products, often travel to buy them, and pay up to 100% more due to the costs of getting items to remote areas. Australian Indigenous women are ten times more likely to be homeless and impacted by discrimination, racism, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment and poverty. In addition, communities in remote locations are also likely to have poor access to water, flushing toilets and sanitation, making our compostable pads a favourable option.
We have started Flossim & Co to make sanitary pads that are:
- Sustainable, environmentally friendly, compostable and plastic-free.
- Helping to eradicate period poverty in Australia
- Assisting in supplying work for women in India who would otherwise be living in poverty.
If you would like to be part of this journey, if you want to see a world with less pollution and a world where people no longer have to exist without adequate menstrual products, please join us.
Charlotte & Nicola