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Women in the Business of Women’s Health

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Many personal care products contain dangerous ingredients and toxins, including feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads.
Air Date: 5/18/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Susie Hewson, Founder of Natracare
Susie-Hewson croppedSusie Hewson is the founder, owner and developer of the global brand leader of organic and natural feminine hygiene, Natracare.

A lifetime environmentalist, Susie changed the feminine hygiene category forever thanks to her impassioned protest against the effects of dioxins in the manufacture of paper pulp products such as tampons and sanitary pads.

The immense environmental task that Susie undertook in the 80’s, resulted in a full product range including the world’s first certified organic cotton tampons and totally chlorine-free sanitary pads and panty liners, which are genuinely created from sound environmental principles.

In 2008 she received the Women in Ethical Business Award and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) joining a highly respected society whose past and present members include Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker and Stephen Hawking.

Susie readily supports many environmental and humanitarian causes including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Women’s Environmental Network, Circle of Health International and The Algalita Marine Research Institute. She has given essential support to many humanitarian causes, including Israeli and Palestinian midwives who are working together amidst the violence in the Middle East and Rural Women’s Network in Nepal who are providing emergency relief items for victims of the earthquake, particularly in the poorer villages.
  • Guest Twitter Account: @natracare
Women in the Business of Women’s Health
Do you really know what's in your personal care products?

Many contain dangerous ingredients and toxins, including feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads. 

It's something Susie Hewson, founder of Natracare, has been working to change since 1989. She became increasingly disappointed with the status quo of the feminine hygiene and personal care product industry and the many toxins women were being exposed to via everyday products. 

Susie knew she needed to provide a solution to this toxic exposure. It's one thing to say, "Don't use this product," but unless you have an alternative, it's nearly impossible to follow through. 

The problem is the vast disconnect between trust in brands and the lack of oversight and regulation from an organization or government agency who is truly looking out for you.

Susie joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share her personal journey through the world of personal care products, as well as why it's so important to become aware about what your products contain.