August Period Products

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August is a brand that sells period products and is helping reimagine the way the world views periods. August is a gen-z, woman-owned business, CEO and founder Nadia Okamoto, a recent Harvard graduate, built the space to provide a community where ‘all humans have their natural needs met with quality care’ and to ‘be a part of this necessary change, which we know requires time, patience, and conscious curation’. Their product range includes pads and tampons, of all absorbency levels, as well as liners. They pride themselves (and rightfully so) on being a sustainable, ethical, traceable and transparent, as well as carbon neutral brand. Their cardboard packaging is recyclable and their products, which are made from organic cotton, as well as the wrappers are all biodegradable; which is a big win in my books because generic pads take between 500-800 years to decompose and come in excessive, non recyclable or reusable plastic packaging. Due to this, I have awarded August 2.5 planets!

What it's made of:


August pads, tampons and liners are all made from organic cotton which is pesticide-free, chemical-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and ethically sourced. In addition to their core ingredient, organic cotton, using 91% less water, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and supports healthy soil and nearby waterways compared to other sources of cotton. They are fully biodegradable, which is very important because the average, generic pad takes between 500-800 years to decompose, while August products take 12 months. Their cardboard packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and can be recycled again once you're done with them. The product wrappers are also made of biodegradable material, you can either recycle it or mix it with water and watch it vanish! The only issue is that August outsources manufacturing and the materials needed to make their products. For example, their cotton is harvested and processed in Turkey, then sent off by ship to either China, where the pads are made, or Germany, where the tampons are made. While transportation by ship is a more eco friendly option in terms of emissions when compared to air travel, it still seems excessive to produce such similar products being made by the same material in two different countries.

How it's made:


The pads are made by August’s trusted manufacturing partner based in Jiangmen, Guangdong City, China. The factory manufactures sustainable products with in-line inspections and yearly audits. This is to ensure quality, that the factory is operating smoothly, and that employees are happy. Before choosing a factory, August did extensive research by partnering with Intertek, a British multinational assurance, inspection, product testing and certification company based in London, UK, to run a second round of checks to ensure the factories were up to their high levels of ethical and environmental standards. The tampons, made with recyclable applicators, are manufactured in Saxony, Germany. The reason August chose this specific manufacturer was because they go above and beyond the regular certifications of their competitors to ensure employee satisfaction and that codes of ethics, annual sustainability reports, as well as an official commitment to the UK 2015 Modern Slavery Act are implemented properly. They also provide the list of factory certifications on their website.

Who makes it:


The products are produced by factory workers in Turkey, then China and Germany. Then shipped by boat to Pennsylvania where the August fulfillment center is located. There, the small, intimate August team package the products and ship them out so that instead of each individual order traveling from across the world, the fulfillment center acts as their home base where they send out orders from; reducing their environmental impact, prices, and shipment time. To ensure that the factory workers are working under good conditions and are paid a living wage, August has done extensive research into said factories, through personal and professional means, such as Intertrek. As well as choosing factories with certifications in ethical and sustainable practices. The factories they currently work with have multiple certifications for environmental/ethical standards beyond regional standards, alongside ISO (quality management) and FDA standards. August is extremely transparent about their sustainability and impact report results, and truly understands the significance of transparency, agency, and sustainability!