Patch Strips

Plastic-free Biodegradable Plasters – Patch Strips

I am ashamed to say I have never really thought about how environmentally friendly plasters are before.

It has always been quite common to see plasters discarded on the beach and in pools, but honestly, it never occurred to me that a lot of them are made with plastic and would not degrade.

It is only when I noticed Patch Strips on Ethical Superstore that I thought about it.

Being a busy home ed family we get out and about a lot and it normal to travel around with those “just in case” plasters in our first aid kit.

Brand Blurb:

PATCH was born when James Dutton (the founder of Nutricare) noticed that while trying to protect his son’s adventure wounds his skin was reacting badly to a common wound covering and making the wound worse.

This puzzled James and he set off on his mission to find out why. He was shocked to discover that there is an array of chemicals that lurk in the common plasters. When he found that Charlie wasn’t alone with his reactions this motivated him to find better alternatives. This is when the idea of PATCH was born.

Patch plasters are crafted with 100% organic bamboo fibre with the added natural goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil.

They take pride in using natural, organic, biodegradable and sustainable resources, that are historically proven to soothe symptoms whilst promoting wound recovery for even the most sensitive skin types.

Patch believes that reducing their environmental footprint is the pathway forwards and they strive to make theirs as light as possible. This is why they’ve chosen to work with bamboo on this unique product line.

They take pride in using organic certified components – so you know it’s only the good stuff!

So what’s in it? Plaster strips are made with Organic Bamboo manufactured by the Lyocell production process. Considered to be the most environmentally friendly method of manufacturing bamboo cloth fibre. The process is considered to a sustainable closed looped system.

One Strip is plain bamboo with no extras. In the other 3 Strips, key ingredients have been embedded into the plaster gauze to aid with different wound healing needs.

Coconut Oil – is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid with anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It works to help soothe minor scratches and wounds. (This one is aimed at children with a cute Panda pattern)

Aloe Vera​-  contains two powerful natural compounds (Polysaccharides and glycoproteins) that assist with wound healing. The aloe vera extract assists perfectly for soothing burns and blisters.

Activated Bamboo – charcoal is highly absorbent and works like a magnet to the impurities in the wound. This then assists with the body’s natural healing of the wound. Once the impurities are drawn out, inflammation and redness are reduced minimising the risk of infection which promotes safer healing of the wound.

Ingredients thoughts: Impressed that the Bamboo is organic and it is made into Lyocell in a closed loop system. On the Patch website, they illustrate how the bamboo is made.

There is no information though on where the bamboo and embed ingredients come from. I would like to know if the Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera is Fairtrade and Organic and which country it was harvested from.

The Strips were made in China (P.R.C) and were designed in Australia.

Packaging – All biodegradable, packaging tube is cardboard, The strips wrapper is made up from rice paper and biodegradable paper. The tabs that cover the plaster itself (the sticky bit!) are made from rice paper too!

Accreditations – Leaping Bunny Certified, Nutricare (Patch) is a Certified B Corporation Company.

My Review:

  • We find them easy to use
  • The wound and skin do not sweat underneath the strip.
  • The strip is sticky and tough, but you are still able to remove it.
  • The Strip leaves a minimal or no residue on removing.
  • The strip and packaging is biodegradable
  • An old Patch container is easily made into a small first aid kit for when on the move.
  • They cost a little more than Plastic or fabric plasters at £6.99 for 25 but they do biodegrade (unlike the others), come all the way from Australia or P.R.C and are the first biodegradable vegan-friendly plasters we have seen over here in the UK.

What I did not like:

  •  I am always concerned when a product is made in China, in this case, there was little if any information on where the product was made and the social, political and environmental impact this could cause.
  • Limited information on ingredients apart from the bamboo.
  • The price, £6.99 for 25 is not reachable for a lot of people.
  • The lack of different sizes. I would like to see different sizes of Strips and also a multipack that mixes all the different sorts of Strips into one container.

Alternatives: Organii Patches – Made from Organic Cotton and natural adhesive, unable to see whether they are biodegradable – £2.95 for 20 on Ethical Superstore

Where to buy?

£6.99 in Ethical Superstore  for 25 Strips (If you click through the picture link at the bottom of the page, you get free P&P on order’s over £15)

 

*These plasters were paid for by myself and as always I have written an honest review.

In Conclusion:

Zero-waste

YES

Plastic-free

YES

Certified Vegan

No

Certified Cruelty-free

YES

Certified Organic

No

Marine Safe

N/A

Sustainable

No – Not enough Information

Biodegradable

YES

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