Most commonly known for its convenient and sustainable nature, the DivaCup is one of the most popular reusable menstrual cups. A DivaCup can last up to 10 years without replacement, allowing considerable emissions and waste creation from the production processes of single-use menstrual products to be avoided. By the same token, this product can save the consumer a significant amount of money over time. Additionally, the DivaCup can be left alone leak-free for 12 hours, making it one of the most reliable menstrual products on the market. The credibility of Diva’s sustainability claims would have been stronger had they provided more specifics on production processes and supply chains. However, Diva has demonstrated inherent sustainability in their product’s life cycle, and they continue to search for ways to improve. For those comfortable with using internal protection products, the DivaCup is a great option!
The DivaCup is made of 100% silicone. Silicone can last several years and be recycled. However, silicone’s sustainability is often contested for a number of reasons. Although it is not biodegradable, silicone subsequently does not emit harmful chemicals over time, as many plastics do. On the other hand, the production of silicone is energy intensive, requiring quartz sand to be heated to 1800˚C. This production also calls for the use of hydrocarbons, which are often derived from petroleum, a crude oil. Silicone is also not accepted at many recycling plants, leading the material to end up in landfills rather than be repurposed after consumer usage. Evidently, the DivaCup is not a waste- nor emissions-free solution.However, the cup’s reusability puts it ahead of most if not all other menstrual products when it comes to sustainability.
Judging from the information I was able to gather, the DivaCup’s production process seems rather sustainable. The company reveals that they only utilize sustainable palm oil in their manufacturing processes, which takes place in Ontario, Canada. However, I struggled to find any information on where they source their palm oil. The company also states that they repeatedly consider new ways to conserve energy and water within their processes. In terms of their packaging, DivaCup uses 100% recyclable material, and they print their packaging with “vegetable-based” ink. While all of this sounds great, I do wish that Diva disclosed more information on their website about the actual processes involved in making this product. Given this lack of easily-accessible information, the DivaCup’s production process is a bit of a gray area in terms of concrete environmental impact.
The Diva company claims to vet their supply chain diligently for ethical integrity. The company “ensures” that their suppliers partake in their own sustainability initiatives. The company also explains that they work with trucking/transportation companies that are “environmentally friendly.” Some more information on what makes these companies environmentally friendly would have gone a long way for Diva, as it is hard to imagine this being the case for a cargo trucking company. Additionally, Diva does not seem to disclose the transportation mileage covered in their production processes. By itself the information provided on the sustainability of Diva’s supply chain is rather vague. However, Diva is a certified B-Corporation (B Score of 106), a certification awarded to companies that have been investigated and confirmed to uphold their practices to the highest standards of sustainability and social responsibility. All things considered, Diva seems to run its business admirably, but a greater level of transparency on their main website would have aided in confirming this for the company.